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

Who Are We Project

We recently visited London with members of Sangini and Friends of the Drop In (FODI) with some of our Community Champions to learn more about the Who Are We project and watch a film focussing on the project and the refugees and asylum seekers that it featured from Sunderland. We visited the Tate Exchange to view… Read more

Call out for Artists, Makers, Creatives – Set the Sails

The Cultural Spring is seeking to commission two artists, makers or creatives to work with two community groups to create a series of model boats that will be featured as part of the cultural programme to celebrate the arrival of The Tall Ships Races in Sunderland in July 2018. From 11th until 14th July 2018,… Read more

Banner Making Project Celebrates Votes For Women

Women in South Tyneside have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a nationwide event to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women. On Sunday, 10th June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together as part of PROCESSIONS, a mass participation artwork marking the passing of the 1918 Representation… Read more

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