Sunderland Culture is a new organisation created to bring together Sunderland’s most important cultural assets and activities and realise the ambition of a city brimming with creative potential. We operate National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Sunderland Stages, Sunderland Cultural Partnership, Arts Centre Washington and The Fire Station, with a combined audience of over 700,000. In addition, we run cross-city programmes such as the recent UK City of Culture bid and our Great Place Scheme. Our mission is to improve life for everyone in Sunderland through culture.
Sunderland Culture brings together the investment of the 3 main funders of arts provision in the city, Sunderland City Council, University of Sunderland and Music, Arts & Culture Trust into a single, independent, and resilient delivery model. In 2018 we became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
In March 2018, working with other organisations through Sunderland Cultural Partnership, we launched the Twenty Four Seven programme; an ambitious seven year £60m project running to 2024. Twenty Four Seven has been built from the excitement, drive and imagination of people from communities, sectors and organisations across the city who contributed to the 2021 UK City of Culture bid. It will deliver much of what was in our bid; using arts and culture to deliver 5 step changes in the city; improved profile and reputation of the city; more vibrant creative economy; raised outlook and aspiration of young people; improved health and wellbeing; and a more socially cohesive city.