Your Art is a scheme that is designed to create more opportunities for people in our wards to get involved in arts and culture.

Throughout our project our Your Art projects and activities have been a complete success. We saw many different events take place around Sunderland and South Tyneside that were financially supported by Your Art, and saw the projects make an impact on our communities. It allowed many people to participate in events, lead groups and helped to produce and create their own artistic work. Your Art wants to create a lasting artistic legacy in Sunderland and South Tyneside and by working with artists and communities in our wards, we have been able to do this.

Some of the projects were Garden redesigning, Digital Image Design, Ukulele Practice and an Environmental Art Project with school children. Your Art is also available for many different ages, groups and schools. These projects took place through workshops and sessions over a number of weeks and saw great popularity in our wards. Some of the projects involved music lessons for students and adults, a Poppy Project with veterans and creating art and mosaics.

Success Stories

Black History Month

A celebration to mark Black History Month was held recently at National Glass Centre. The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Doris McKnight opened the celebration, which featured dancing, exhibitions, and cultural displays.

The event was organised by Sunderland’s African-Caribbean Association (ACCA), with funding from The Cultural Spring. Black Urban Dancers performed for the audience, as did Ndi Igbo North East, a cultural organization representing the Nigerian community in the north east. The celebration was hosted Lucky Peemu, Chair of ACCA and a keynote address was given by Professor Donna Chambers, Professor of Tourism at the University of Sunderland.

Presentations were given by Tina Peemu, of the newly-formed Refugee and Asylum Seekers’ Support Association (RASSA) and by Kingsley Okojie of Sunderland African Association.

Black History Month is an annual event which takes place in the United States, Canada, the Uk and the Netherlands and began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of African nations and peoples.