Art packs keeping communities active

MORE than 700 activity packs have been distributed across six Sunderland communities free of charge thanks to an award-winning arts project and support from Sunderland City Council. The Cultural Spring commissioned six artists to produce 720 activity packs and then worked with a range of community organisations in six council wards to distribute the packs…. Read more

Online Winter Workshop Programme launched

AS the Winter nights lengthen and the uncertainty around Covid restrictions continues, The Cultural Spring has launched a series of online arts workshops. The project’s Online Winter Workshop Programme features creative writing, singing and crafts. “We’d normally launch our seasonal programme of workshops about now, but because of the current Covid restrictions and uncertainty about… Read more

Sunderland College students join The Cultural Spring team

TWO Sunderland College students have joined The Cultural Spring team on year-long placements. Troy Pashley, 17, and Bethany Potter, 17, have both already both begun their day a week placements. Emma Scarr, Project Co-Ordinator at The Cultural Spring, explained their roles: “We’re delighted Troy and Bethany have joined us – their roles will be to promote the… Read more

Your Art helps connects people and communities during COVID pandemic

  THE Cultural Spring is working with three community organisations to help connect people with artistic activities in response to the COVID pandemic. The Cultural Spring has adapted its popular Your Art programme to look for ways to reach people who have been particularly isolated during the COVID crisis. In order to do this, The… Read more

New brochure marks our second three years

We’ve produced a brochure looking back on our Phase 2 work, carried out between 2017 and March 2020. See our brochure here … The focus of our activity during Phase 2 turned to new wards in Sunderland and South Tyneside. Our new wards were Hendon, Millfield, Pallion, Sandhill and St Anne’s in Sunderland, and Horsley Hill, Beacon… Read more

Women use art sessions to combat stress of COVID-19

SUNDERLAND women have been using arts activity to relieve the stress and isolation of the COVID-19 lockdown. Sunderland Women’s Art Group, run by Sangini and Friends of the Drop-In for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (FODI), has been working with artists to complete online sessions in drawing and felting. Sangini is a Sunderland-based multicultural organisation working… Read more

Artists explore life during lockdown

AN award-winning arts and culture project has commissioned five local artists to explore new ways of connecting people and communities with arts and culture during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying Connected is The Cultural Spring’s first commission of its third phase of working to increase participation in arts and culture on Wearside and South Tyneside. People in… Read more

Numbers confirm success of Cultural Spring’s Phase Two

NINETY-nine per cent of those who took part in the second phase of The Cultural Spring would recommend the arts project to others. The remarkable statistic was among many other positives included in an independent evaluation of the project, funded by Arts Council England’s (ACE) Creative People and Places programme, and aimed at increasing participation… Read more

New commissions for artists – help us in ‘Staying Connected’

Research and Development Open Call Like many community arts organisations in the situation we currently find ourselves in, The Cultural Spring is rethinking how we connect people in South Tyneside and Sunderland with arts and cultural opportunities. In March, we conducted consultation with local people and community partners. The overwhelming response demonstrated a clear need… Read more

Coronavirus – useful arts and culture websites and resources

Because of the Covid-19 crisis, The Cultural Spring hasn’t been as active within our Sunderland and South Tyneside communities as we’d like. What we have been doing is planning for our Phase 3 and contacting venues and residents groups in our new wards of Ryhope, Doxford and Silksworth in Sunderland, and Hebburn North, Hebburn South… Read more