Have your say on what arts and culture projects come to Sunderland

The Great North Passion at South Shields Bents Park
The Great North Passion at South Shields Bents Park
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Have your say

HAVE your say about the arts and culture projects you’d like to see in your area.

The Cultural Spring is hosting a series of meetings to talk about what workshops and events Wearsiders might like to see in their communities.

We want to make sure that our workshops programme is delivering what people want, and the only way to do that is talk to them.

The project launched last Easter with the Great North Passion, which was held in conjunction with the BBC in South Shields. Since then, the Arts Council-funded initiative has been working in 10 wards across Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Highlights so far have included the Summer Streets music festival in Thompson Park, Southwick, and Street Art Heroes, a street art programme that brightened up various buildings and sites on Wearside.

The project has also enabled hundreds of people to try out new things and find new talents through workshop programmes that have delivered classes including singing, ceramics, jewellery making, quilting and craft and learning a new instrument.

Now they want to know what future projects residents would like to see.

Project director Rebecca Ball explained: “We want to make sure that our workshops programme is delivering what people want, and the only way to do that is talk to them. So we’ve set up meetings in each of our 10 wards for a chat – and a coffee.

“We’ll also update people on what we have planned in terms of larger events over the coming months.

“We’ll also tell people about Your Art, which is a new scheme we’ve launched to support community-led-arts activity in our wards. There is a total of £3,000 to support arts projects per ward a year.”

The Cultural Spring is working in the following 10 wards: Castletown, Red House, Southwick, Fulwell and Roker/St Peter’s wards in Sunderland, and Biddick Hall and All Saints, Boldon, Cleadon, Whitburn/Marsden and Whiteleas in South Tyneside.

Diary dates

THE community meetings are being held at:

•Roker – Tuesday, March 17, at HOP’s Quaker Meeting House, 30 Roker Park Road between 6pm and 7pm

•Hylton Castle – Tuesday, March 24, at Hylton Workmen’s Club, Cricklewood Road, Sunderland, between 6pm and 7pm

•East Shields and Whitburn – Thursday, March 26, at a location to be confirmed (see Cultural Spring website for venue) at the Community Area Forum meeting between 6pm and 7pm

•Fulwell – Wednesday, April 1, at Fulwell Community Association, Chapman Street, Fulwell, between 3pm and 4pm

•Boldon –Tuesday, April 21, at Boldon Community Association, New Road, Boldon Colliery between 6pm and 7pm

•Red House – Wednesday, April 22, at Bunny Hill Primary Care Centre, Hylton Lane, Sunderland between 3.30pm and 4.30pm

•Southwick – Thursday, April 23, at Southwick Old Town Hall, 271 Southwick Road, Sunderland between 3.30pm and 5pm.

•Find out more about the Cultural Spring at www.theculturalspring.org.uk or follow them on Twitter @cultural_spring