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  • Culture Commisssion Opportunities: Art in the Streets!


    Sunderland Culture have launched an open call for creative practitioners and organisations in Sunderland and the North East to apply for two cultural commissions as part of our Unleash programme in Sunderland’s Coalfields area.

    The aim of the commissions is, through high quality art and culture, to bring art to the streets of The Coalfields, in turn lifting spirits and improving the wellbeing of those people and communities who may be most isolated at this time.

    Two commissions by two artists/organisations will be delivered in March – April 2021 exploring the themes of ‘light’ and ‘hope’.


    About the commissions:

    ‘Art in the Streets!’

     As part of Sunderland Culture’s Great Place programme, funded by the National Lottery Her- itage Fund and Arts Council England, we are launching an open call to independent creative practitioners, artists, producers and cultural or heritage organisations based in Sunderland and North East, to apply for the following commission opportunities.

    The commissions come as a result of ongoing work that has taken place through Sunderland Culture’s Unleash The Coalfields, Health and Wellbeing programme. The programme sets out to explore the creative and cultural impact on individuals and communities, using arts, her- itage, culture and creativity.

    About the Commissions: 

    Our project ‘Unleash The Coalfields’ has seen us working in the heart of Sunderland’s coal- fields community for the past two years. Through community collaboration, we have worked with artists, local businesses and community groups to produce ambitious high-quality projects and events such as Hetton Carnival’s Great Place Village and ‘Looking out, Looking in’ – a socially distanced art exhibition, to name but a few.

    2020 has seen many uncertain and dark times for us all. During these testing times, we en- deavour to continue to create relevant, exciting and inspiring art and cultural opportunities. In the winter months, traditionally households may have been visiting Sunderland illuminations or taking trips to visit Santa, we’d be connecting in our communities through parties and celebra- tions. Yet, we sadly find ourselves unable to attend the cultural and creative events and oppor- tunities that would ordinarily have been on offer. The aim of these commissions are to bring some joy, light and hope to our Coalfields community. Using high quality arts and culture, we want to bring art to the streets and in turn, lift spirits and improve wellbeing of those people and communities who may be most isolated at this time.

    In February to March 2021, we want to deliver two commissions by two artists/organisations, exploring the themes of ‘light’ and ‘hope.’

    The commissions could be theatre, music, film, dance, fine and digital arts, circus and more. It could be a performance on a truck through the streets, it could be a light installation in an out- door hidden location, large-scale projected images/photographs on buildings, art in bus shelters – the possibilities are endless!

    Budget: Each commission has a total budget of £2,500. This is inclusive of VAT and expenses.

    Key dates: 

    Deadline for applications: Friday, 22nd of January 2021 (am)

    Shortlisted artists notified: Tuesday, 26th January 2021

    Zoom interviews: Tuesday, 2nd February 2021

    To apply: For more information on the commission, read and download the full specification:Art in the Streets FINAL

    Send all application information to [email protected]

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



  • 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]

  • Creative Development Fellowships: round 2

    We are delighted to launch an open call to 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.

    As part of the fellowship scheme, successful applicants will be invited to join a series of networking sessions, facilitated by Sunderland Culture, which will be a chance to feedback on progress. Fellowship holders will also meet with one-to-one with the Creative Industries Producer at Sunderland Culture to monitor progress and to identify future development needs.

    This fellowship is offered as part of the Unlock the City programme which supports the development of artists and creative businesses in Sunderland. Unlock the City is delivered in partnership by Sunderland Culture, Sunderland City Council, Digital Catapult, North East BIC and Sunderland BME Network, with funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.

    We are inviting applications for development activities from practitioners and organisations based in Sunderland and working in an Arts Council England supported art form.

    We will consider any application which can demonstrate that the fellowship will help you or your organisation to innovate and build a successful practice. We want to focus on investing in the activities that have a real impact on people’s artistic or creative development in Sunderland.

    We are particularly keen to receive applications from artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives including age, race, sexuality, disability and socio-economic background. We will work with you to support any access needs. Access costs can be applied for in addition to the £1000 fellowship.

    Further information about eligibility and the application process are available in the Supporting Information.

    We will be holding online briefing sessions for anyone who has questions about the fellowship on the dates below:

    Thursday 28 January 2021, 11am-12noon
    Wednesday 3 February 2021, 6-7pm

    To book a place at one of these sessions, please complete this online form.

    If these dates are not accessible, please email [email protected] to arrange an alternate time.

    The deadline for applications is 8 March 2020, 5pm.

    Further information about the application process is available in the Supporting Information.

    Please send applications to [email protected]. Please ensure all of the information required is included in a single email.

    We aim to contact applicants with a decision by w/b 29 March 2021. This may be delayed depending on the volume of applications.