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  • Creative callout: develop a creative family activity for a printed ‘Family Takeaway’ pack

    Calling artists, musicians, writers, designers, makers and poets! Could you create an activity to go into our new family takeaway pack? If so, we want to hear from you.

    In Summer 2020, Sunderland Culture created a series of takeaway packs for families full of ideas, how-to guides and worksheets for children and young people.

    Now, we are seeking content for a creative family activity pack to go alongside our new exhibition Paint the Town in Sound which is on display at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens until February 2021.

    The activities within the family pack will be inspired by several artworks featured in the exhibition, detailed in the linked document below.

    To express your interest:

    Please write to us, letting us know:

    • A bit about you – a short bio or link to your website
    • The artwork you’d like your activity to respond to (please see following pages for artwork details
    • 1-2 paragraphs outlining your ideas
    • The intended age range for your activity (we would encourage you to consider making your activity appropriate for ages 4+ with assistance)

    Notes for applicants:

    Please download the full document for more information on the exhibiton and the images which activities will be responding to: Call out for expression of interest

    When designing your activity, think of what families might have access to at home. Over the summer, one of our artists designed a printing plate from an empty crisp packet! If your activity does require specific materials, please make this clear in your expression of interest.

    We expect finished activities to range from around 2 x A4 pages – 6 A4 pages maximum. For reference, please see Summer Takeaway Pack Taking Art Everywhere: https://sunderlandculture.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/SFT-Taking-Art-Everywhere-pack.pdf

    Fee: £250

    To include activity creation and copywriting for worksheet; email/phone/zoom liaison with learning staff around production/design and edits as necessary.

    Key dates:

    Deadline for expressions of interest: Wednesday 9 December 2020

    Chosen artists will be contacted by Fri 18 December 2020

    Deadline for final versions to go to print: Monday 11 Jan 2021

    Please send expressions of interest to Posy: [email protected]

    We are looking to award to 5 artists with diverse ideas, so please bear in mind this is a competitive process. Feedback can be given on request.

    Any questions? Please contact [email protected]

  • Commission Opportunity: Millfield Creative Commission

    As part of the Millfield Community Chest fund, Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Culture are delighted to launch an open call to independent creative practitioners and artists based in Sunderland to apply to deliver a creative project based in the Millfield Ward, with the purpose of encouraging community members and visitors to engage and connect with their local area.

    The project budget is £4,500, which must cover the design, production and installation, outlining any future maintenance costs.

    Deadline for submission: 30 November 2020


  • Call-out for Sunderland Culture Young Ambassador Team

    Sunderland Culture is excited to launch their NEW Sunderland Culture Young Ambassador Team; a project that will see us work with young people to improve the young people’s offer in Sunderland.

    We are looking for a team of Sunderland young people aged 13-25; we want young people who want their voices to be heard, to be change makers, the creative instigators, the excited doers and young people champions.

    For our first big project, we are partnering with Helix Arts to curate and organise an exciting takeover of Arts Centre Washington on 1st November 2019.

    The young people recruit into this project will be the ones leading and creating this takeover event for young people, by young people in Sunderland, for young people in Sunderland.

    To kick start the process, young people will take part in the ‘Make It Happen’ learning scheme, which is all about doing just that, making things in Sunderland actually happen for young people! Through this they will develop the skills they will need to organise and plan their own event including things like project management, marketing, budget management, social media manage etc – whilst learning from professionals and experts from creative industries…

    This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain new skills, get creative and have their say in Sunderland!

    So if you’re aged 13-25 from living in Sunderland and want to take part, have any questions, would like the call-out in an alternative format, or know someone who fits the bill – we’d love for you to get in touch by emailing Rachel at [email protected]