Thriving through creativity and community

Research has shown that regular creative activity is linked to positive psychological functioning, while engagement with arts and heritage is associated with improved life satisfaction. This can have a number of dimensions, from the stress-reducing meditative quality of creative activities, to the social support derived from being part of a creative group. Julia Wysocka of […]

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How is creativity shaping Sunderland’s mental health services?

At Sunderland Culture, we believe that creative activities can be a great way of looking after ourselves, and in these difficult times, taking part in arts and culture feels more important than ever. That’s why, over the past year, we’ve collated together a selection of creative ideas, stories, videos and workshops from artists and organisations from […]

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With a little help from my friends…

In an alternate universe right now, we would be going to gigs and filling our boots with the live music with which our city usually thrums. At least we can feel those vibes by visiting our brilliant new online exhibition, Paint the Town in Sound, which explores the timeless relationship between art and music, taking […]

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Keep On Keeping On

What do you do as a group of artists when your plans for an exhibition are disrupted by a global pandemic? You adapt – your work, your practice, and your exhibition plans. You keep on keeping on. Barrie West of The Sunderland Indie offers us an insight into the ways in which local artists have […]

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Making Mackems: a little belief and a lot of blue

For the second in our series of blogposts spotlighting artists and creatives working in #CreativeCitySunderland, we welcome artist, Jo Howell. Jo was born in Sunderland, and has a studio in Roker. She works predominantly in a traditional photographic process called cyanotype that creates blue images using light. In 2019, Jo was chosen as one of […]

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Curating a Creative Career

We are delighted to be supporting Creative Industries Week in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at the University of Sunderland. Visual artist and University of Sunderland graduate, Sue Loughlin, has been kind enough to share with us her recent work and the story of how she has been developing her own creative career. […]

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