Putting the spotlight on The Customs House’s 25th Anniversary

A spectacular sound and light show will be the highlight of celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of South Tyneside’s leading arts and culture venue. Planning to celebrate a quarter of a century of The Customs House is well underway and a joint commission by the venue and The Cultural Spring has been won by… Read more

Freelance Project Co-ordinator Opportunity

The Cultural Spring is seeking to appoint a freelance Project Co-ordinator to support and facilitate local people to set-up and run arts groups that have emerged through The Cultural Spring’s programme of work. The Project Co-ordinator will work closely with The Cultural Spring team, community participants, artists and community groups/organisations across Sunderland and South Tyneside…. Read more

Photography Project Exhibition at Mackie’s Corner

An exhibition showcasing artwork produced in a Wearside photography and science project has opened in an iconic Sunderland building. The #WearExperimenting project was delivered by Sunderland photographic artist Jo Howell on behalf of the Cultural Spring and co-commissioner the North East Photography Network (NEPN). The project used a series of experiments to engage as many… Read more

Cbeebies Star Launches Children’s Storybooks

Children’s TV star Chris Jarvis has launched a series of storybooks written and produced by a collaboration between local artists and South Tyneside schoolchildren and their families. Popular CBeebies presenter Chris was at The Word to launch the books, produced through a Cultural Spring project supported by South Tyneside Council and The Customs House. Five… Read more

West Area Signage Commission

Introduction The Cultural Spring is seeking to commission an artist, arts organisation or creative organisation to support the creation of new signage relating to ward-based environmental issues in the West Area of Sunderland (Barnes, Pallion, Sandhill, Silksworth, St. Anne’s and St. Chad’s). This must be done in consultation with local residents from each of the… Read more

Research & Development Opportunity: The Customs House 25th Year Anniversary

The Customs House in partnership with The Cultural Spring, South Tyneside Council and St.Hilda’s Pit Head are seeking to commission between two-three artist-led Research & Development projects for a large-scale commission that will culminate in the last week of October 2019. The research and development projects will be decided by a community panel and can… Read more

Cultural Spring Director Takes To International Stage

The director of an award-winning South Tyneside/Sunderland arts project had a leading role to play at an international arts forum. Emma Horsman has been Project Director at the Cultural Spring, part of the Creative People and Places (CPP) programme funded by Arts Council England (ACE) to increase participation in the arts across South Tyneside and… Read more

WW1 Centenary features in arts workshop programme 

Artistic workshops marking the centenary of the end of the First World War will feature in a new activities programme. The Cultural Spring’s Autumn programme will include sessions on exploring the literature of the ‘War to end All Wars,’ while other sessions will provide people with the opportunity to create textile pieces to commemorate the… Read more

Focus on #wearexperimenting

Taking photographs with a wheelie bin will play a part in a new photographic project about to start in Sunderland. The #wearexperimenting project will be delivered by Sunderland photographic artist Jo Howell on behalf of the Cultural Spring and co-commissioner the North East Photography Network (NEPN). Jo explained: “Wear Experimenting is an exciting project that… Read more