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


  • Internship: Hot Glass studio


    DURATION: 10 DAYS (between January- May 2020, days to be agreed between manager and successful candidate)
    FEE: £630
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: 18 November 2019


    Sunderland Culture is seeking a Hot Glass Studio Intern who will work at National Glass Centre as part of their busy, public-facing Hot Glass team.

    National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland is one of the city’s foremost cultural attractions. The internationally renowned venue celebrates Sunderland’s glass making heritage, plays host to national exhibitions, nurtures students and emerging artists and has a vibrant learning and engagement programme which engages with schools and communities. At the heart of the National Glass Centre is the Hot Glass Studio, where the resident glass makers keep glass blowing skills alive, running six daily public demonstrations and creating everything from glass baubles at Christmas to hearts for Valentine’s Day.

    This internship is offered as part of the Unlock strand of Sunderland Culture’s Great Place programme, with funding from National Lottery and Coastal Communities Fund, which seeks to develop skills in the creative sector and open up more opportunities for emerging creative professionals in the city. This is position for a person seeking to gain experience of the creative
    sector in Sunderland.


    • Supporting the Studio team with a variety of tasks as instructed
    • Helping to ensure the smooth running of National Glass Centre Studio operations
    • Assisting Studio glassblowers in the hotshop including scheduled demonstrations
    • Assisting Studio team with a variety of coldworking 
    • Packing items for collection and postage 
    • Talking to / assisting public with enquiries and sales of studio ware from cabinet
    • Potential assisting with workshops 
    • Undertaking general housekeeping of Studio spaces
    • Other duties as delegated by Studio Manager



    • Aged 18 years or over
    • A second or third year student or recent graduate (within the last two years) of a glass programme at University of Sunderland
    • Passion for and/ or experience of working in a public-facing role
    • Good time keeping and attention to detail
    • Works well as part of a team and happy to take instruction
    • Living or studying in Sunderland, and able to demonstrate a commitment to the cultural development of Sunderland
    • Available to complete internship between January- May 2020. Specific dates to be agreed.

    For more information and how to apply please download the full application here: HOT GLASS INTERNSHIP APPLICATION FORM


  • Community call out for ideas: Who Do You Want To Meet?

    As part of Sunderland Culture’s Great Place programme, funded by the NATIONAL LOTTERY, we want to work with people in this city to celebrate the imagination, creativity and skill of everyone who lives in Sunderland.

    We would like to support diverse groups from across Sunderland to come together to create three amazing projects which will be shared at an event in March 2020 celebrating the communities which have shaped the histories of our city, as part of a project called: ‘Who do you want to meet?’

    We want to hear ideas from communities and groups in Sunderland. Read on to find out more about the project, and how you can apply:


    Who Do You Want To Meet?
    Would you like the chance to meet, share ideas and work with other communities in Sunderland?

    Maybe you’re a group of people who like to sing together, or a brass band. Maybe you’re a group of people who meet up to paint murals, or a dance troupe. We would like to help you meet another group so you can explore ideas, share skills and make something together!

    If you are up for a new challenge and would like to be involved, tell us about you and your ideas. Following an expression of interest and discussions in mid-November, groups will be selected to receive support through funding and guidance from our team to help them create, and share, something amazing.

    What are we looking for?
    We want to support you to make a connection with a different group. You might have already connected with them, or know of them, or you might not yet know who you want to work with! We can help you to create something special. This could take lots of different forms including: theatre, music,  singing, dance, film, storytelling, painting, photography or something else entirely!

    We would particularly like to hear from groups with disabilities – physical or invisible, and/ or who live in different areas across the city. These may include but is not limited to disability-led groups/ organisations or groups with members where there are a variety of needs.

    Is there a theme?
    Your ideas could be about:
    • celebrating the differences and similarities between your group and the group you
    want to work with
    • stories of life in Sunderland
    • exploring the individuality of the members of your group and the group you want to
    work with
    • A subject which is of interest to both groups

    What happens to the work you create?
    On March 15th, Sunderland Culture will host a sharing event where all selected projects will come together to showcase their work and celebrate together.

    Budget and Money
    We will award £3000 to each of the projects. This includes VAT and must cover all of the costs required to create, complete and share your final piece, including any staff fees, for both groups.

    Collaborating with an artist can be a great way of increasing skills or finding new ways of working. If you want to work with an artist to help support the process, we can help you find someone! Just let us know in your application. Don’t forget that you will have  to take artist fees into consideration in your budget if you decide you want to work with an artist.

    If your application is successful, you must have a bank account for your organisation/group. We can’t place funds into an individual’s bank account, so you have to either be a constituted group with a bank account or be working with an organisation which is willing to manage and be responsible for the funds for you. Sunderland Culture will support the marketing of the project, including talking to the
    press and media, and we will document and evaluate the project. We will work closely with the selected groups/organisations on the planning and delivery of these elements.

    How does it work?
    If you are part of a group or community who live or meet in Sunderland, you can apply to take part in Who Do You Want to Meet?

    Stage 1 – October – November 2019
    You will tell us about your group, what you do, and what you care about, and the group you want to work with. We can meet you in person to chat with you about your group, and what ideas you want to explore in your project if you would like.

    Stage 2 – December 2019
    If you didn’t know who you wanted to meet when you made your application, and your application is successful, we will then match your group with another group in Sunderland for you to work with collaboratively for the next couple of months.

    Stage 3 – January to March 2020
    You will start working with the other group! You will be supported by Sunderland Culture, and an artist (if you decide). You will work together for 6-8 weeks (as best suits your group) to plan and work together to create your pieces. We will be on hand to help you plan and work out the details of your project, and will meet regularly with you.

    Stage 4 – 15th March 2020
    You will present your project at a sharing event in March 2020 with the other groups who have been successful in their applications. Friends, family and the public can attend for free to celebrate your work and achievements.

    How to apply
    If you are interested in this opportunity, please download download the Who Do you Want to Meet form for all the information and more details about the project. 

    We’d love to hear from you and would welcome the chance to chat through the project with you before you send in your final submission if this is helpful.

    Please email your document to [email protected] before 5pm, 8 November 2019

    Discussions will be held on Friday, 15 November 2019

    Other formats?
    If you would like to request this document in another language, the simplified or the large print version of this document, please email
    [email protected]

    If you have any questions about the application or how to apply, please email [email protected] 

  • Open Call for Art Champions: Welcome to the Collection film project

    Do you live in Sunderland?

    Do you want to find out about modern and contemporary British Art? 

    Would you like to be part of an exciting new creative film project?

    Can you help us to inspire the people of Sunderland?

    Background to the Project

    Sunderland Culture is at the beginning of a new and exciting partnership with the Arts Council Collection – the largest and most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British Art in the world. The Arts Council Collection was founded in 1946 and is now the home of 8000 artworks. As part of this new partnership, artworks from the Collection will be coming to Sunderland over the next two years in exciting and ambitious exhibitions. 

    Ahead of our first exhibition in partnership with the Arts Council Collection which opens at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens in February 2020, Sunderland Culture is inviting you to take part in Welcome to the Collection – a project which invites people of Sunderland to encounter new ideas and ways of understanding art; and which promotes and champions the innovative works of British artists. 

    The Nitty-Gritty

    On 12th and 26th October 2019, a selected group of up to twelve Art Champions from Sunderland will visit the Arts Council Collection stores at Longside (on the Yorkshire Sculpture Park estate) and Kennington Park in London, exploring the stories, histories, materials and ideas behind artworks and the artists who made them. The Art Champions will then be asked to research and choose their favourite piece of art from the wider collection. 

    The Art Champions will be working with filmmakers who will record the project and create a short film. This film will be launched in December 2019 and will be on display in Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens’ brand-new Art Lounge for visitors to watch and enjoy.

    This is an inclusive project and we are looking for a wide range of people of different ages, genders, and backgrounds which truly represents our diverse Sunderland community. No previous experience or knowledge about art is required, just a passion and interest for the project! 


    To apply to be a participant in the Welcome to the Collection project, you must meet the following criteria:

    • You must be at least 18 years of age or have a parent or guardian who can travel with you if you are under 18.
    • You must be a Sunderland resident.
    • You must be available to attend the first meeting on Wednesday 2 October (6-7pm) and a follow up meeting on either Wednesday 30 October or Wednesday 6 November (6 – 7pm) at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.
    • You must be available to attend day visits to Arts Council Collection sites at Longside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park on 12 October and/or Winchester House in London on 26 October. 
    • You must be comfortable being photographed and filmed, including talking to the camera throughout the project and for the final film produced as part of the project. 

    Please note: Participant spaces are limited and there will be a selection process involving a review of your application. 


    Travel expenses are fully covered by Sunderland Culture for this project, as are refreshments during sessions and day visits. 

    Application and deadline

    To express your interest and apply to be a project participant: 

    Please download and complete the Welcome to the Collection Participant Application Form and email to Posy Jowett at [email protected]

    The deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 16 September 2019. 


    Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about the Welcome to the Collection project

    Other formats?

    If you would like to request this document in another language or the large print version of the application documents, please email [email protected]  

    More about the Arts Council Collection and National Partners Programme

    The Arts Council Collection is the largest and most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world. Founded in 1946, the Collection aims to reach the broadest possible audience through long loans to public institutions, exhibition loans, touring exhibitions, as well as digital and print publications. 

    As part of this goal, and to mark the Collection’s 70th anniversary, the National Partners Programme was launched in 2016. Funded by the National Lottery, the programme aims to build a deeper relationship with regional audiences by building a UK-wide network across regional partners, connecting local visitors to their national collection.  

    Working in partnership with the Arts Council Collection team in London and Yorkshire, Sunderland Culture will be presenting projects and exhibitions drawn from the Collection, and together we will champion contemporary art and innovative work made by British Artists. 

  • Opportunity: Artists Commission

    Sunderland Culture is looking for a passionate, enthusiastic artist/arts organisation to work in collaboration with Usworth Colliery Primary School, Washington and Sunderland Culture, as part of our Great Place Programme (funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council, England).

    Together, the chosen artist will work collaboratively with the school student Cultural Ambassadors to co-produce a large scale window art-scape that reflects the pupils chosen themes of colour, pride and growth.

    We are looking for a high quality artist with experience of community engagement and arts facilitation skills. Experience of working with young people is essential.  We are looking for someone innovative, friendly and engaging to work alongside the pupils and to listen and respond to their ideas.

    The commission budget is up to £2,000 with a materials budget of up to £500.

    The deadline for all applications is Friday 6th September 2019.

    Interviews will take place w/c 16th September 2019.   Commission will begin in October 2019 and will run over approx. 8 days through to end of November 2019.

    Want to apply?

    Please get in touch by email and outline the following:

    -Tell us about you, your work and your previous experience

    -Tell us about your experience of working specifically with young people

    -Let us know about your ideas, your medium, your approach to the commission, including approximate budget breakdown

    -Tell us why you’d like this opportunity

    – If possible, please send us some examples of your previous work

    Please send applications to: [email protected]

  • Make It Happen: Artists and Producers programme

    Are you a practising artist or producer? Living in Sunderland? Would you like to learn how to set up and deliver community-led arts projects? If the answer is YES then Make it Happen is a real-world training programme for creatives just like you.

    Helix Arts and Sunderland Culture have joined forces to provide a FREE practical training and coaching programme for artists and producers interested in initiating community art projects in Sunderland.

    All you need is:

    • To be an artist or producer living and working in Sunderland
    • To have begun to or are thinking about delivering participatory workshops within the communities of Sunderland
    • Availability to attend the training course
    • Ability and willingness to undertake self-directed work between sessions
    • Basic computer skills and a current email address
    • Agree to work with other artists, producers and community volunteers on the programme to manage and deliver a project after the training – the time required depends on the project you decide to deliver/budget limits
    • Ability to complete activities between Autumn 2019 and Summer 2020
    • If you missed the information session on 9 July at the National Glass Centre and want to find out more please contact Alex Young on 0191 241 4931 or [email protected]

    When: Mondays between 30 September – 11 November 2019 09:30 – 13:00 at Norfolk Street Studios

    Expression of interest: Places for this course will be selected based on an expression of interest form: https://forms.gle/XdX77PhGG5XkRNVS8

    Please complete and return no later than 9am, Monday 12 August 2019.

    If you would like to receive or submit in another format, please contact Cheryl 0191 241 4931.

  • 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]

  • Volunteering Opportunity - National Glass Centre & Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

    Volunteers needed to help complete feedback surveys with visitors to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. 

    Are you confident? Do you love chatting with people? Then we have the perfect volunteering opportunity for you!

    Join us at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and/or National Glass Centre to help us collect visitor surveys which help us with our funding from Arts Council England.

    Volunteers must be aged 16yrs or over.

    If you’re interested in applying please email us at [email protected].