Arts cash available for groups with passion

Alexandra Burke with The Futureheads

Alexandra Burke with The Futureheads

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ARTISTS and community groups can bid for three new commissions worth £210,000 to bring events to Sunderland.

The Cultural Spring, a £2m Arts Council-funded initiative working on Wearside and South Tyneside, is looking for artists, groups or arts organisations to lead three season-based projects.

The first commission, worth up to £70,000, is for an Autumn Lights project in association with the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.

The second – Winter Tales – will be run in conjunction with New Writing North. Worth up to £40,000, this story-telling project is based around the tradition of stories being shared on dark winter nights.

The Cultural Spring 2015 project is the largest commission, with a budget of up to £100,000 and will be a large-scale event similar to the Great North Passion, which was beamed live on BBC One from Bents Park in South Shields and featured a number of Sunderland artists including Ross Millard and Jaff Craig from The Futureheads.

Applications open on May 23 and the deadline is June 20. For more information, go to or email


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