Spring 2021 – Unlocking doors into a fresh start

In this week’s blog, we hear from Sunderland Culture’s Mahnur Roushan on the fresh start Spring brings and how the changing of the seasons is celebrated around the world. In March 2020, the diary said, “4 more weeks and back to normal…”. 13 months later, here we are today finally rejoicing the easing of nationwide […]

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Young Musicians Project

To coincide with their latest music-themed exhibition Paint the Town in Sound, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens have collaborated with We Make Culture’s Young Musician Project, a dynamic group of young musicians from Sunderland, to curate their latest Arts Council Collection print display located in the Museum’s Art Lounge. In this blog, we hear from […]

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Killer Bugs and Being Followed by Fish

A number of you have told us how much you have missed visiting the Winter Gardens during lockdown. Today, Eddie Campbell, the Senior Environmental Services Technician for Sunderland City Council who looks after the Winter Gardens, takes us behind the currently closed doors. He tells us about his work, and introduces our new virtual tour […]

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Happy Zoom Birthday, Holmeside Writers

This week in #CreativeCitySunderland, we wish a happy seventh birthday to Holmeside Writers, the creative writing group which found a home in the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens cafe, Holmeside Coffee. We hear from Iain Rowan, founder of Holmeside Writers, about how the group has been getting on in lockdown. Holmeside Writers had just passed […]

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An Incomplete History of Pop

Our latest online exhibition, Paint the Town in Sound, has been produced in association with Mercury Prize nominated Sunderland band Field Music, and explores the relationships between art and music, artists and musicians. One of our guest curators, Field Music’s David Brewis, shares his reflections on sleeve art in pop music. Putting together the Paint […]

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Becoming a creative practitioner

We’ve just launched our open call for round 2 of our Creative Development Fellowships, an opportunity for independent creative practitioners, artists, producers and cultural or heritage organisations based in Sunderland to apply for a fellowship of up to £1000 to help them move to the next stage in their practice or organisational development. So, in […]

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