Community Get Togethers

Want to tell us your views on arts and culture in your area? We have a number of Community Get Togethers coming up and we want to hear from you. Come along to: Chuter Ede Community Association Tuesday 31st May at 6pm. Pennywell Community Centre Thursday 2nd June at 6pm. Ocean Road Community Association Monday… Read more

Autumn Lights 2016 Commission Opportunity

We’ve got a fantastic new opportunity for artists. Our Autumn Lights Commission for 2016 is now open! Our ambition for Autumn Lights is for a project that creatively engages with the ten wards we work across in North Sunderland and South Tyneside. We hope the commission will provide opportunities for dialogue with local communities and enable… Read more

Interview with Darren Henley and news on A Great Night Out

We’ve got some brilliant articles for you from Culture Magazine to read, featuring an interview with the Chief Executive of the Arts Council, Darren Henley, and information on what to expect from A Great Night Out which comes to Sunderland on Sunday 1st May. Darren Henley recently sat down with Rob Lawson and discussed the… Read more

64 Million Artists

Interested in the arts and want to share your creativity? 64 Million Artists is a national campaign that will unlock the creativity of everyone in Great Britain. 64 Million Artists will be setting weekly creative tasks over 10 weeks, such as photography, writing or painting, that you can take part in. 64 Million Artists is inviting… Read more

Bid for Sunderland to be City of Culture 2021

Come along to the official Sunderland City of Culture 2021 Bid Launch on Friday the 18th of September . The event is not to be missed and will be from 5pm – 10pm in Keel Square, Sunderland. It will feature many different performances, including Shrek The Musical, Theatre Space North East, Frankie & The Heartstrings… Read more


AUTUMN and darker nights may be around the corner, but a new programme of arts and crafts workshops means you don’t have to stay in doors. The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council-funded project aiming to encourage and increase participation in the arts in ten wards on South Tyneside and Wearside, launches its new progamme… Read more


A SCHOOL’S ambitious film-making project will go ahead after attracting grants worth Hylton Castle Primary School’s Sunderland Oak project will unite the local community’s generations around the theme of shipbuilding and is named after a folk song about Wearside’s proud heritage. The Cultural Spring agreed to support Sunderland Oak through its Your Art fund, a… Read more


A CHARITY working with former servicemen has received £1,000 in support for a project creating glass poppies. Forward Assist has been given the support by The Cultural Spring, an Arts Council funded initiative working in Sunderland and South Tyneside. The grant comes from The Cultural Spring’s Your Art fund, and is one of six made… Read more


TWO new starters have been recruited to bolster the team. University of Sunderland graduates, Georgia Shippen and Amy Taylor have joined for the next year of the project. Sunderland-born Amy joins the team as a project co-ordinator having previously worked at Sage Gateshead, ARC Stockton Arts Centre, the Big Lottery Fund and Northern Stage. Amy… Read more