Try something new in 2015 – The Cultural Spring Workshops

If your New Year resolution is to try something different, then an arts initiative working on South Tyneside may well have something for you. You can get involved in glass making, ceramics, jewellery, singing or learning a new instrument, and the majority of the workshops are free. Some have a small charge to cover the… Read more

Bring The Happy

  We’re opening the doors to Bring The Happy, our newest project, on Monday 19th January 2015. Based in three locations, Bring The Happy will record the happiest memories of Sunderland and South Tyneside. These memories will be stored online and worked into a musical extravaganza taking place at NorthShore, Sunderland on 26th, 27th and… Read more

RUSH

RUSH IS ON FOR DANCERS HUNDREDS of local dancers will play a leading role in a spectacular live show performed in South Shields next Easter Sunday. The live performance will be the culmination of a six-month project called Rush which will be looking at how arts and culture can provide a non-violent alternative to protest… Read more

STREET ARTISTS’ WONDER WALL

A trio of nationally-respected artists has just completed a huge mural on a quiet Sunderland street. The mural has been painted on to a wall on Portobello Lane, behind Tesco on Newcastle Road, by street artists Frank Styles, Kayleigh Doughty (known as Artista) and Alf Huntley, a Hetton street artist known as Eyez. The artwork… Read more

Putting The Band Back Together

Is there a guitar gathering dust in your bedroom? A drum kit taking up too much space in your garage? A trumpet packed away in the attic? Well, it’s time to make some noise. We’re putting the band back together! Have you ever given up playing a musical instrument? Then we want to hear your… Read more

We speak to Shields-born Victoria Pratt about Bring The Happy

  A new arts project is to map happiness across Wearside and South Tyneside. The project, called Bring the Happy, will start in January next year and ask people to pinpoint geographic locations they associate with a happy memory. Each memory will be recorded on a ‘happiness map’ and form part of a digital archive… Read more

Extra workshop sessions – Ceramic Chirstmas decorations with Marks Burns Cassell at Chuter Ede CA

We have had an amazing response to our workshops with Mark Burns Cassell, and all of these sessions have now booked out: ·         Biddick Hall and All Saints: Chuter Ede Community Association, Ceramic Christmas Decorations with Mark Burns Cassell, Wednesdays from 15 October to 17 December ·         St Peters: Quaker Meeting House/HOPs, Ceramics and Sea… Read more

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