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


TWO major artistic projects on Wearside and South Tyneside will create a human jukebox and reopen an old workingman’s club for one night only. The Cultural Spring, announced in February it was commissioning three large projects for its 2015-  Autumn Lights, a visual-arts based project run later this year in conjunction with the … Read more

Artists Opportunity

Ordinary Dreams, Extraordinary People Ordinary Dreams Extraordinary People is a participatory arts project developed from Make Art Happen, a capacity building programme for members of the community to design and lead their own art projects. Dream Team were developed from this and are now working as a project group in partnership with Helix Arts and… Read more

Photos of Summer Streets 2015

Our fantastic photographs from Summer Streets 2015 are now up in our gallery and Flickr account. See if you make an appearance! Gallery Flickr