World-leading artists land on our streets

Some of the world’s leading street artists are descending on Sunderland to take part in a project which will shine a spotlight on this unique art form. The Street Art Heroes project is the third major commission from The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council funded project working to increase engagement in the arts on… Read more

Is your life a bed of roses

Two Sunderland artists are inviting people into their ‘pop-up’ shed to find out what makes them happy. Gilly Rogers and Aly Stoker launched their Bed of Roses project in Cleadon last week, and their brightly-painted shed will be appearing in several locations over the next few weeks. The project is being funded by The Cultural… Read more

More free art for residents

More than 70 taster sessions were hosted on South Tyneside and Sunderland and these are now coming to a close. However, the Cultural Spring is keen to continue with the sessions and is developing a new programme which will be launched later in the summer. Emma Horsman, Cultural Development Manager at The Cultural Spring, explained:… Read more

Workshop proves opera can be fun

A workshop at Sunderland’s newest music festival is set to prove opera can be fun. Leading opera singers Emily Smith and David Pisaro will host a workshop at the Summer Streets festival that will look at Bizet’s Carmen in an hour. Summer Streets is a free festival held in Thompson Park, Southwick, on Saturday, July… Read more

Free artistic activity sessions on offer

Wearsiders are being offered dozens of new opportunities to try out new art forms free of charge. Sessions in photography to poetry reading, digital media to creative writing and from upcycling clothes to musical instruments are just some of the many available. The sessions have been arranged by The Cultural Spring, an Arts Council funded… Read more

From wrestling to comedyfor summer streets star

Sunderlands newest music festival will have something for everyone – including comedy for kids. The free Summer Streets festival will be held in Thompson Park, Southwick, on Saturday, July 19, and the programme has been organised by The Futureheads’ Ross Millard, on behalf of The Cultural Spring, a £2m Arts Council-funded project bringing arts and… Read more

Exciting summer streets’ line-up confirmed

An impressive line-up of talent has been confirmed for the city’s newest music festival. Summer Streets, a free celebration of community music, will be held in Thompson Park, Southwick, on July 19 and has been organised by The Cultural Spring, a three-year £2m Arts Council funded project working in Sunderland and South Tyneside. The Futureheads’… Read more

Go and see with The Cultural Spring

A new arts project is giving South Tynesiders the chance to buy ‘dramatically’ reduced theatre tickets. The Cultural Spring, a £2m Arts Council funded initiative, has launched Go and See, a programme offering reduced ticket prices to those living in the five South Tyneside and the five Sunderland the project is working in. As part… Read more

Cornshed sister rcvited by new festival

One of Sunderland’s most popular musicians has spoken of her excitement at being part of the city’s newest festival. Marie Nixon, of the Cornshed Sisters, is one of the confirmed acts for The Summer Streets, a community music festival to be held in Thompson Park, Southwick, in July. “I’m really thrilled to be involved in… Read more

Summer streets will be alive with music

One of Sunderland’s most successful musicians is playing a leading role in a festival of music. The Futureheads’ Ross Millard is the Artistic Director of the Summer Streets, a spectacular event that will bring together communities from Wearside and South Tyneside playing a wide variety of musical genres. “There’s so much already going on in… Read more