Check out our latest opportunities for Jobs, Artist Commissions and Volunteering below;

  • Commission Opportunity: Community Podcasting Programme

    Washington Heritage Partnership is working to create “The Ballad of the Crocodile and the Underpass”: a programme of podcasts, songs, oral histories and photomontage to explore and celebrate 60 years since Washington was designated a new town. Funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund has been secured to deliver this exciting new project. Sunderland Culture is acting as lead partner for this project on behalf of the partnership.

    We wish to commission a creative lead artist to facilitate people to curate oral histories, found sounds and music into a series of community podcasts. Participants will be encouraged to record oral histories and found sounds, and to tell their own stories. These will be supplemented by music developed from another project strand. We seek a creative lead to edit these into a series of resulting podcasts which will creatively disseminate heritage. The creative lead will facilitate a series of workshops in community settings designed to give people the skills and confidence to continue independently as a community podcasting group beyond project end.

    A fee of £9,300 is available for this work. The project will commence in April 2024, and conclude by December 2024.

    The commission brief can be found here. Project Brief for Commissioned Services Podcasting

    To apply, please send a CV and covering letter setting out your experience and approach to the project to [email protected]. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 7 March 2024.

    For further information or questions about the commission, please contact Jude Murphy, Heritage and Culture Development Coordinator, Washington Heritage Partnership: [email protected]

  • Unlock Project Manager

    Sunderland Culture is seeking to recruit an experienced project manager to lead the delivery of Unlock, a programme of enterprise support focussed on the arts and creative industries in Sunderland. The post is funded by UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and is offered on a part time, fixed term contract, to 31 March 2025.

    The job description for the role can be found here.

    To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] setting out how you meet the requirements of the person specification. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 16 February 2024.

  • Work Experience at Sunderland Culture
    • Are you passionate about pursuing a career in the arts?
    • Do you believe in the power of arts and culture to transform lives?
    • Are you curious and committed to learn more?

    At Sunderland Culture, we are passionate about providing opportunities for young people with ambitions to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector. Our new Creative Work Experience programme provides an innovative insight into the world of the arts and gives young people the opportunity to engage with professionals working directly in creative industries.

    Over four days, you will experience what it’s like to be in a creative and cultural workplace and learn about working in the creative sector as a freelance or employed professional. You will learn more about employability skills applicable to creative workplaces.


    Who we’re looking for:

    • We’re looking for four enthusiastic participants. Our selected young people will be- above all passionate, positive and looking to potentially develop a career in the creative industries.
    • You must be aged 15-18 to apply and you must live in Sunderland or attend a Sunderland school to join our 2024 Work Experience Programme.
    • Young people that can commit to being available for the full four-day programme from 9-12 April 2024.


    What will we offer?

    You will join us for a four-day placement where we will involve you fully in the work that we do. We’re a friendly bunch and we’ll do our very best to fully support you during your time with us!  We will schedule a full programme of activities that will enable you to develop your skills, build your confidence, and learn more about the variety of career opportunities available in the arts and cultural sector. We’re here to listen too – about your ideas, your insights and your aspirations for the future. Your voice matters to us. Throughout your placement we’ll be encouraging you to give your opinion to us freely and provide feedback to ensure you get the most out of your time with us and to help us develop our programme.

    Find out more about Work Experience at Sunderland Culture.

    To apply please complete our Work Experience Application Form by 31 March 2024.

    Our work experience insight is unique and it’s always very popular. To mirror the real-life world of work, this opportunity is competitive and participants are shortlisted using the information provided on the application form. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to an informal, online interview/chat with a member of Sunderland Culture’s Learning team to find out more about you and to assess whether the opportunity is right for you.


    We run our Work Insight opportunity three times in the year; in April, July and October. Our October work experience is focussed on supporting  neurodivergent students and students with a disability. Please check our opportunities page for future dates.

  • Future of Creative Glass Making in Sunderland - Consultancy Opportunity

    Sunderland Culture, in partnership with University of Sunderland and Sunderland City Council, and with support from Arts Council England is looking to appoint an independent consultant (or consultants) to support a review of the future of creative glass in Sunderland, including options appraisal and feasibility study. Deadline for submissions is 12noon on 27th February 2024.

    Find out more:

    Future of Creative Glass Making in Sunderland – Consultancy Opportunity

    Please submit all tender responses to [email protected] by 12noon on 27th
    February 2024.

  • Volunteering with Sunderland Culture

    We recognise the wealth of life experience, skills, ideas and knowledge that exists in our local communities, and the valuable contribution that volunteers can make to Sunderland Culture. Sunderland Culture is committed to providing meaningful, enjoyable and safe volunteer assignments of real value within clear and appropriate programmes of activities.  

    Applications to volunteer with Sunderland Culture are currently closed while we work through our waiting list. We regularly recruit new volunteers across our venues, so please check back regularly for updates.

    If you are aged 13-25, you can become part of Sunderland Culture’s Young Leadership group, Celebrate Different Collective. Get in touch with [email protected] to find out more.

    Read Sunderland Culture’s Volunteer Policy here.



  • Speak Up Artists Recruitment

    Over the next three years, we will be looking to connect with artists from a range of art forms to work alongside teachers and students in our Speak Up schools. We want to meet artists of all art forms from beatboxers, dancers, poets, illustrators, theatre makers, composers, singers, circus artists, designers and the list goes on! We are looking to expand our pool of artists working on this project.

    Speak Up is a secondary school programme with a difference. Young people, teachers and artists are equal partners, and work collaboratively with local arts organisations and the National Theatre to create artworks and creative work that respond to issues that are important to them.

    Developed for young people whose voices are not always heard, bespoke activity is co-created with each school and its students.

    We are looking for artists who:

    • Are North East based artists
    • Have Experience working with young people
    • Hold a current DBS and PLI
    • Are flexible and responsive while responding to a creative brief with deadlines
    • Thoughtful, reflective, and responsive to information/experiences shared by young people
    • Have knowledge, understanding and experience of co creation processes and methodology or do you think you have the skills to develop co-creation as part of your process?
    • Have availability during school hours
    • Are passionate about working with young people

    To register you interest please fill out the form linked here. Any questions please email [email protected].

    Speak Up in Sunderland is delivered by Sunderland Culture and Sunderland Empire’s Creative Learning Team. Find out more about Speak Up on the National Theatre website here.

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