Rush workshops

  Our parkour movement spectacular, RUSH, is starting to take shape. Taking place in St. Hilda’s, South Shields on Easter Sunday at 8.30pm, we’re working with professional dance choreographers Southpaw and world renowned producers Event International to create an incredible piece. Its not too late for you to get involved. If you’d like to be… Read more

The Seam with Gareth Davies-Jones

Saturday 21st February, 7.30pm at Boldon Community Association Singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones performs his new collection of songs inspired by a Residency at the Mining Institute’s world renowned library at the heart of the Great North Coalfield in Newcastle. The world of mining is no stranger to song, but far from a retrospective look at mining ballads,… Read more

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 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


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