Communities get a taste of art

Ever fancied making a proggy mat or learning to play the ukulele ? You could try these or an impressive array of other art forms as dozens of taster sessions are delivered into Sunderland and South Tyneside communities free of charge. The sessions have been arranged by The Cultural Spring, a £2m Arts Council funded… Read more

Artists invited to bid for £210,000 commissions

ARTISTS and community groups have been invited to bid for three new commissions worth £210,000 that will bring exciting events and opportunities to Sunderland and South Tyneside. The Cultural Spring, a three-year, £2m Arts Council funded initiative working on Wearside and South Tyneside, is looking for artists, groups or arts organisations to lead three season-based… Read more

Great north passion a huge success

Organisers of last month’s Great North Passion say they are thrilled with audience figures the BBC has just released about its flagship Easter programme. The Great North Passion was hosted in Bents Park, South Shields on Good Friday and broadcast live on BBC One from noon. Figures released by the BBC show that at its… Read more

South Tyneside prepares a passionate welcome

THERE’S less than a week to go before South Shields takes centre stage for the BBC’s flagship Easter programme. The Great North Passion (GNP) will be beamed live from Bents Park this Friday (April 18), with the BBC One broadcast starting at noon. Over the last few months 12 artists have been working with communities… Read more

Excitement building for passionate event

There are only a few days before the BBC’s flagship Easter programme is broadcast from the region. Two South Shields communities and others in Whitburn and Boldon have been working with artists to interpret themes based on the Stations of the Cross for the Great North Passion (GNP), which will be broadcast live on BBC… Read more

Poet and performers ready for passion

A ‘STAND-up poet’ is putting the finishing touches to her latest work which will be performed in front of a live TV audience. Kate Fox has been working with pupils from South Shields Community School and local community groups to develop a poem for the Great North Passion (GNP), a re-telling of Christ’s last hours,… Read more

Aerosol Ali makes his mark at Red House

An award-winning street artist with a global reputation is putting the finishing touches to a major project he’s been working on in Red House. Mohammed Ali has gained a worldwide following for his huge, thought-provoking urban art installations that he has created in cities across the globe. A Muslim, the aim of his art is… Read more

Your chance to sing live on BBC One

Hundreds of singers have answered the call to join a massed choir for a TV spectacular – but more are still needed. The first rehearsal for the Great North Passion (GNP) choir was held last weekend, when more than 200 singers attended. The choir will play a leading role in the GNP, a contemporary re-telling… Read more

Do you have a hidden talent

Do you love singing, dancing or drawing? Have you always wanted to play in a band, act on stage or create your own jewellery? A new arts project working in Sunderland and South Tyneside communities wants to find out what arts and cultural activities people want delivering in the areas they live. The Cultural Spring… Read more

Royal northern sinfonia to perform at Sunderland school

One of the country’s leading orchestras is to perform at a Sunderland school. The Royal Northern Sinfonia will perform a string of classical favourites at Red House Academy on Friday, March 28 (3.15pm). The event has been organised by the Cultural Spring, a £2m Arts Council funded project aimed at increasing arts engagement in areas… Read more