Arts and crafts sessions aim to get people trying something new and creative

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A programme of arts and craft sessions is giving Wearsiders the opportunity to try something different in the new year.

The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council-funded project aiming to encourage and increase participation in the arts in 10 wards on Wearside and South Tyneside, has launched its winter workshops programme.

You can get involved in photography, crafts, jewellery, singing, learn a new instrument, or even calligraphy, and some of the workshops are free.

They include:

•Glass fusing at Hylton Castle Community Stained Glass Shop, every Wednesday from January 20 to March 9, 5pm-7pm (£25 to cover all sessions, materials and visit to a studio).

•Jewellery making at Boldon Community Association, every Tuesday from January 12 to March 22, 5pm-7pm (voluntary contribution of £2 per session).

•Visual Arts at East Boldon Methodist Church, every Monday from January 18 to March 21, 6pm-8pm (voluntary contribution of £2 per session).

•Singing with Music at the Minster at The Barnes Institute, Whitburn, every Tuesday from January 5 to March 15, 7.15pm-8.45pm (voluntary contribution of £2 per session).

•Family storytelling with Sunderland Library Service at Miss Tina’s Coffee Shop, Southwick, every Thursday from January 21 to March 24.

To book a course visit www.theculturalspring.org.uk or email david.callaghan@theculturalspring.org.uk