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Opportunities

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

  • Programme and Development Support Intern- City-wide programme

    Sunderland Culture are seeking a Programme and Development Support Intern who will work across Sunderland Culture teams, supporting Unlock, our artist development and creative industries support programme, and providing administrative support for our Development Manager, who leads on fundraising for our venues and city-wide programme. This is an entry-level position, for a person seeking to gain experience of the creative sector in Sunderland, gain insight into a number of job roles and see how a cultural organisation runs.

    The successful applicant will also receive regular 1-2-1s and support to make the next steps in the creative industries.

    Duration: 13 weeks placement, 2 days (15 hrs) per week (w/b 3 January 2022).

    Contract: Freelance.

    Fee: £10 per hour.

    Based at: National Glass Centre/ home-based- (to be negotiated with manager).

    For full details and how to apply, please see the Further Information Document.

    The deadline for applications is 5pm on 1 December 2021. Please send applications to [email protected]

    This internship 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.

  • Call out for expression of interest- opportunity for artists

    Call out for expression of interest – opportunity to develop a collaborative artwork with young people for the new exhibition Where There’s Space to Grow.

    Sunderland Culture’s arts leadership group Celebrate Different, for young people aged 13 – 25 years, are curating a new exhibition Where There’s Space to Grow which will be shown at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from 15 January – 13 March 2022. The exhibition reflects on the social impact of Sunderland’s industrial decline in the 1980s, while looking forward to a shared progressive future where there is space for everyone to grow.

    Alongside artworks chosen from the Arts Council Collection (ACC), Celebrate Different are commissioning artists to work with groups of young people from Sunderland to create new artworks that bring new voices and perspectives into the exhibition space.

    The artwork Casual(ty?) by artist Liv Preston is the focus of this commission, alongside other artworks in the exhibition that explore the themes of youth unemployment and family breakdown. Casual(ty?) is a reclaimed caving helmet which needs to be displayed on the floor in the space so it’s torchlight shines onto another artwork.

    Celebrate Different are seeking an artist to work alongside a young people’s group called 1-2 Youth Crew based at Young Asian Voices in Sunderland in December 2021 to create a collaborative artwork that Casual(ty?) can shine onto, exploring the challenges facing young people today.

    Please write to us, letting us know:

    • A bit about you – a short bio or link to your website
    • How you would respond to the artwork Casual(ty?) and the theme of challenges facing young people today, to create an artwork (please see following pages for artwork details). Max 150 words.
    • 1-2 paragraphs outlining your ideas and how you would work collaboratively with the young people to include their voices and ideas. Max 150 words.

    Fee: £1250. To include planning time, sessions with the 1-2 Youth Crew, materials, liaison via e-mail and in person and/or Zoom meetings with Celebrate Different and Sunderland Culture staff.

    Key Dates:

    • Deadline for expressions of interest: 2pm on Wednesday 24 November 2021
    • Chosen artist will be contacted by Friday 26 November 2021
    • Planning meetings: w/c 29 November, Wednesday 1 December, 5 – 6.30pm to meet Celebrate Different
    • Workshops with 1-2 Youth Crew 2 x 2-hour sessions by end of December 2021
    • Deadline for artwork to be ready and delivered to Museum for install: Monday 10 Jan 2022

    Please send expressions of interest to Jennie: [email protected]. This is a competitive process and the successful artist will be chosen by Celebrate Different, supported by Sunderland Culture staff. Feedback can be given on request.

    For full details please see our Information Pack.

    Any questions? Please contact [email protected]