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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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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