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

Talking to our new communities

For the past six years The Cultural Spring has been working to increase participation in arts and culture in Sunderland and South Tyneside. During these unsettling times caused by the COVID-19 virus, we remain committed to do just that – and to support the communities of both boroughs. Although we don’t have any activities arranged… Read more

We are looking for an evaluator

For our Phase Three we are looking to engage an evaluator (or team of evaluators) that can work within our existing Theory of Change model but to also interrogate our approach to engagement. Our desired outcomes for this evaluation are: Tells the story of the impact of our programme on individuals and communities. Produce an evaluation that… Read more

The Cultural Spring is among the UK’s top 100 ‘changemakers’

THE Cultural Spring features in a list of 100 ‘changemakers’ predicted to make the world a better place in 2020. Our project, which has been working to increase engagement in the arts and culture on Wearside and South Tyneside since 2014, is on The Big Issue’s Top 100 Changemakers list of ‘thinkers, creators and agitators… Read more