Drive to create an arts and crafts boom in Sunderland

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A NEW network, which aims to boost arts and crafts on Wearside, has proved a festive hit.

Families flocked to a host of events staged by The Sunderland Family Arts Network this month.

Creative businesses from across the city teamed up to stage the events and encourage children and adults to get crafty.

The organisations involved included Creative Cohesion in Sunniside, Deborah Cauchi Fine Arts in Sunniside, Arts Centre Washington, and The Canny Space in the East End.

Sunderland Family Arts Network coordinator, Kathryn Tye, of Creative Cohesion, said: “We are thrilled with the fantastic response we have had to our Christmas activities and events.

“It’s great to see so many families from across the city coming together to embrace the festive spirit, spending quality time together whilst supporting Sunderland’s creative organisations.”

Events included a Christmas lights switch-on with the Tinker Fairy at Canny Space, which is an arts culture venue being created through the regeneration of the Holy Trinity Church, in the East End.

Mum Laura Foster, who attended the event with her two children, said: “The children loved the visit from the Tinker Fairy, and we all enjoyed singing along to the carols by candlelight.”

She added: “Events like these are really important for Sunderland and it’s great to see so many families getting involved.”