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  • 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]

  • Museum Pieces: opportunity for emerging playwrights in Sunderland

    Museum Pieces: Call Out to Writers

    Sunderland Stages Writers Project (SSWP) is funded by Sunderland Culture’s Great Place Unlock programme, which has a primary aim to unlock potential and develop emerging talent. SSWP aims to support the early stages in the personal development of those who have real enthusiasm and ambitions to write for the stage.

    As part of the SSWP, Sunderland Culture invites emerging writers from Sunderland to submit short scripts inspired by the spaces, artefacts or people associated with Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. A small selection of submitted scripts will be professionally staged, with the support of November Club, as site specific performances in the museum as the final event of Sunderland’s Creative Writing Festival in November 2019.

    Full details can be found here: Museum Pieces: call out application 

    Submission Deadline: 30th August 2019.

  • 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].