Lego painting and 3D cats at Sunderland arts festival

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FROM Lego painting to 3D cats, artists young and old took part in a Family Arts Festival.

Venues across the city – including the National Glass Centre, Creative Cohesion in Sunniside, the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Fawcett Street, The Canny Space in the East End and Arts Centre Washington – hosted free events for the fortnight-long festival staged by Sunderland Family Arts Network.

Kathryn Tye, trustee of arts charity Creative Cohesion and co-ordinator of the Sunderland Family Arts Network, said: “It was great to see so many of the city’s most influential arts organisations offering an exciting programme of family activities, which embraced the festival’s community focused, arts driven ethos.

“All the events were well attended and gave families the chance to experience a wealth of hands on workshops whilst exploring unique venues across the city.

“The purpose of the Family Arts Festival is to widen and facilitate participation in a broad range of arts activities.

“We have worked hard to forge strong and influential relationships with a number of key organisations dotted around the city and the success of this year’s festival is testament to this.”