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

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

More free art for residents

More than 70 taster sessions were hosted on South Tyneside and Sunderland and these are now coming to a close. However, the Cultural Spring is keen to continue with the sessions and is developing a new programme which will be launched later in the summer. Emma Horsman, Cultural Development Manager at The Cultural Spring, explained:… Read more

Workshop proves opera can be fun

A workshop at Sunderland’s newest music festival is set to prove opera can be fun. Leading opera singers Emily Smith and David Pisaro will host a workshop at the Summer Streets festival that will look at Bizet’s Carmen in an hour. Summer Streets is a free festival held in Thompson Park, Southwick, on Saturday, July… Read more