Call to get involved in £2million Cultural Spring art project

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ORGANISERS of an arts project in Sunderland are looking for people to get involved.

The Cultural Spring is a three-year £2million Arts Council funded project working in five wards in Sunderland – Red House, Castletown Southwick, Fulwell and St Peter’s – and five wards in South Tyneside.

The project aims to increase arts engagement in these areas, but wants communities to be involved in choosing what activities they’d like to take part in.

A series of 10 community ‘get-togethers’ have been arranged to enable Cultural Spring organisers to meet people from the wards.

Rebecca Ball, Cultural Spring project director, said: “The Cultural Spring is all about working with our local communities to deliver great art at a local level, so it’s vital we listen to people and understand their opinions on arts and culture.

“Our community ‘get togethers’ are a chance for us to sit down and chat with people over a cup of tea and cake to shape our programmes for the next three years.

“The sessions are free, for all ages, and no experience is necessary. We’ve organised a session in each of our 10 wards, and we’re hoping as many people from the wards as possible will come along.”

The schedule for community get togethers includes the following sessions:

March 19, 4pm-5pm, Fulwell Community Association, Chapman Street, Fulwell; March 27, 6pm-7pm St Cuthbert’s, Rotherham Road, Red House; April 2, 7pm, Billy Hardy Sports Complex, Grange Road, Castletown; April 3, 5pm-7pm, Boldon Community Association, New Road, Boldon Colliery; April 4, 4pm-6pm Souter Lighthouse, Coast Road, Whitburn; April 7, Heppies Sports and Social Club, North Hylton Road; April 10, 10am-noon, Cleadon Methodist Church Hall, Sunderland Road, Cleadon.

The Cultural Spring’s three partners are the University of Sunderland, the Customs House, South Shields and the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust. A launch event, the Great North Passion (GNP), is a joint project with the BBC, culminating in a live BBC One broadcast from Bents Park, South Shields, on Good Friday, April 18.