Super Sophie: Meet Sunderland’s Arts Superhero

Sophie Lisa Beresford
Sophie Lisa Beresford
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s an Arts Superhero!

Sunderland artist Sophie Lisa Beresford is donning her colourful cape as part of a national arts campaign.

Sophie, who has had her work exhibited at a number of galleries, is leading the charge for the city’s participation in Get Creative, a national campaign by the BBC to showcase the creativity that happens every day in homes and public spaces.

The artist has joined forces with Sunderland’s City of Culture 2021 bid to transform herself into an Arts Superhero to highlight free events taking place on Sunderland’s Get Creative Day, which will take place on Saturday.

Events will include recording a radio drama at the University of Sunderland; paper jewellery craft session at National Glass Centre; songwriters sessions at Pop Recs; creating portraits at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens; monoprinting at Arts Centre Washington and family Bhangra sessions at The Bridges.

Sophie Lisa won a Newcomer of the Year award for her gritty, distinctive work that is based in and around the city.

The artist, who will also be leading workshops on the day and performing in the Bridges with Rewired Records, said: “I’m a passionate supporter of the 2021 bid and delighted to be so involved in Get Creative Day.

“Sunderland is full of creative people and this day will give them the opportunity to explore their creativity or discover a new art form. If everyone in the city can show their creativity, it could help us win this special competition.”

Sunderland 2021 Project Director Rebecca Ball, said: “Sophie is a massive supporter of our bid to become City of Culture 2021 and was only too happy to play such an important role in our Get Creative Day.

“Get Creative is an excellent opportunity for the people of Sunderland to try something new or to develop an artistic interest – the range of activities available on the day is very impressive.

“Get Creative Day is also an opportunity to raise the profile of Sunderland’s bid to become City of Culture in 2021 and for Wearsiders to show their support for our bid.

“There are many ways for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved and back the bid. We’d love for people to make something, sing something or do anything creative and then share it via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #Sunderland2021.”

Other activities available include a Sunderland photo walk led by the North East Photography Network; a 2021 poster screenprinting workshop led by The Futureheads’ Ross Millard; creative writing for beginners led by Holmeside Writers at Pop Recs and a mini movers, babies, toddlers and carers dance-in led by Dance City at The Bridges.

For details visit www.sunderland2021.co.uk