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Everyone can join in, nobody will be left behind

As we continue to adapt to the changing circumstances of life in a world with Covid-19, the recently re-opened Arts Centre Washington is once again offering in-venue exhibitions and face-to-face creative activities, blended with an ongoing online programme (with a few new measures to safely welcome you back). Sinead Florence Livingston, who leads the Washington […]

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The finest castles in the country?

To celebrate Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London coming to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, local architectural writer and broadcaster, John Grundy, takes us on a tour of some of the beautiful castles of County Durham.   How many castles do you reckon there are in the North East? Go on, have a guess. […]

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Art Matters Now

Back in 2019, we launched our inaugural Sunderland Creative Development Fellowships, with the aim of supporting creative practitioners. We wanted to support creative practitioners and organisations in Sunderland to develop themselves, to think about what might make them more resilient as practitioners or move them to the next stage of their career. Little did we […]

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Creativity, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Throughout the summer, our teams from Sunderland Culture, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, National Glass Centre and Arts Centre Washington have been working together with local artists to offer a summer programme of activities for families. We’ve been encouraging families to head outdoors and to get creative. We know that these are great ways of […]

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Received Wisdom x Rachel Jefferson

This blog post was written in April 2020 amidst the peak of COVID-19. Following on from the Arts Council Collection x University of Sunderland School of Art and Design Instagram Takeover (13-19 April 2020), Artist Rachel Jefferson introduces her creative practice, responding to John Newling’s work ‘Value; Coin, Note and Eclipse’ (featured in Sunderland Museum […]

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Our CEO, Keith Merrin, welcomes you to our new Sunderland Culture Blog!

Along with individuals, families, businesses and communities throughout the country, the past three months have been a time of change, learning and at times anxiety for the Sunderland Culture Team.   As an organisation we have always worked face to face with people in the amazing cultural venues of Sunderland or in community settings like […]

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