Picture Book Commission for South Tyneside

We’re looking to commission artists and/or illustrators to create a number of picture books with early year settings in South Tyneside. This commission is being supported by South Tyneside Council and The Customs House. The Commission   We are looking to engage creative practitioners; artists and/or illustrators to create a series of picture books with… Read more

How Sunderland’s Northern Spire is set to become a musical instrument

The Northern Spire is to be turned into a musical instrument. Artist Di Mainstone is working with communities on both sides of the new Wear crossing to create mechanical and digital devices which will bow, twang and pluck the bridge. The music produced will accompany a specially-written anthem and community performance to celebrate Northern Spire… Read more

Best in the World will hit the Bullseye

A darts-loving theatre director is bringing a critically-acclaimed show to South Tyneside as part of a ‘bite-sized’ theatre tour. Best in the World is a hilarious and heart-warming story set in the world of darts and is being brought to the borough by darts-mad Annie Rigby, Director of Unfolding Theatre. The show is one of… Read more

Wee Red to Thrill Youngsters

A modern-day version of the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood is to be presented at a series of venues across South Tyneside. Wee Red and Her Wolf will be part of the Cultural Spring’s Bite-Size Theatre commission which will deliver four short pieces of theatre, new writing and participatory arts experience that will tour… Read more

Call for Proposals: Dark Skies/Blue Skies

Dark Skies/Blue Skies Lead Commissioners: The Cultural Spring and NEPN The Cultural Spring and NEPN invite proposals from a lead artist, collective or arts organisation for an innovative participatory project with and for the people of Sunderland. The commission is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Main Purpose and… Read more

Introduction to Participatory Arts and Media Course

We wanted to let you know about a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a free online six week course with our partners at the University of Sunderland. We think this course may appeal to both artists delivering sessions and participants involved in the Cultural Spring programme, particularly any of you who are or might… Read more

Memories of Love

Artist Carol Cooke was on BBC Radio Newcastle on The Simon Logan Show talking about her project Memories of Love which is taking place at Marsden Road Health and Well Being Centre in South Tyneside on Tuesdays 10am – 12pm. There’s still time to get involved with the project. Listen to the clips here:    

Bitesize Theatre is on the Menu

A tour of ‘bite-sized theatre’ shows is to start across South Tyneside next month. The Cultural Spring Project Co-ordinator Emma Scarr explained: “The idea behind our Bite-Size Theatre project is to introduce good quality, short shows into local communities, giving people of all ages an opportunity to see something different in venues in their own… Read more

Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre Needs You

KADT are seeking 10 members of the local community to take part in their upcoming performance of Launch Day on 28th March at the Customs House to play the “gadgies”. Are you aged 30 or over? Are you a member of the local community? Do you have a passion for the arts? Do you have… Read more

New Wear Crossing 2018

Call for proposals for major artistic commission In spring 2018 a new bridge will open in Sunderland across the Wear, linking Pallion to the south of the river with Castletown to the north for the first time. Sunderland Culture and The Cultural Spring, working with Sunderland City Council, are seeking proposals for a large scale… Read more