Free creative classes with Sunderland’s Cultural Spring

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WEARSIDERS are being given the chance to get crafty – for free.

Art sessions are being held across the north of Sunderland in everything from photography to poetry reading, digital media to creative writing, and from upcycling clothes to musical instruments.

They have been arranged by The Cultural Spring, an Arts Council funded project working in 10 wards on Wearside and South Tyneside to boost uptake of the arts.

Emma Horsman, deputy director at The Cultural Spring, said: “We’ve had some great feedback from some of the sessions so far, which aim to give people the chance of trying something new and having fun.

“All of our sessions are run by local professional artists.

“No previous experience is necessary and beginners will be very welcome.”

The next sessions are:

•Tuesday, 1pm-3pm; textiles and upcycling clothes at Cleadon Methodist Church Hall. Bring lots of old clothes. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

•Wednesday, 6pm-8pm; a musical instrument session with Sam Burt at Fulwell Methodist Church.

•Thursday, 5.30pm-7.30pm; a digital media workshop looking at restoring damaged photographs and creating digital artworks at the Quaker Meeting House in Roker.

•Friday, 5.30pm-7.30pm; creative writing at Castletown Community Centre.

•Monday, July 14, 6pm-8pm; folk music lesson with South Shields Folk Club at Souter Lighthouse.

•Wednesday, July 16, 10am-noon; a visual arts session with artist Julie McCord at Redby Community Association.

•Friday, July 18, 5.30pm-7.30pm; make your own felt stuffed toy at Castletown Community Association.

Bring your own buttons, reels of thread/yarn and felt sheets. Participants need to be over eight, and under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult.

•Tuesday, 1pm-3pm; creating an art wall with Paul Martin at Southwick Primary School playground. Please wear old clothes suitable for working with paint.