Unlock: Meet The Funders- National Lottery Heritage Fund

22 January 2020, 10am-12pm

The Pod, National Glass Centre

We’re excited to welcome representatives from National Lottery Heritage Fund to give us an overview of what support is available to cultural organisations from National Lottery Heritage Fund.

This session, for individual creative practitioners and cultural organisations based or working in Sunderland, will offer a general introduction to National Lottery Heritage Fund, their programmes and outcomes and will lead into a facilitated group discussion to help participants think actively about how they could turn their idea into an application

To register, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/YY78hqxSDT2KWPBM8

We have a limited number of places on the workshop, so we will be in touch to confirm your place.

This is part of the Unlock: Skills Workshop Series, which is supported by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and with funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.

Unlock: Tax And Accounting For Self-employed Creative Practitioners

12 December 2019, 10am-12.30pm

The Pod, National Glass Centre

As part of our Unlock: Skills Development Series, this workshop led by Chartered Accountant Pete O’Hara offers an in-depth look at the tax and accounting implications for self-employed artists, practitioners and other freelancers working in the cultural sector. It covers which taxes might affect you, how to stay on the right side of HMRC, what you can (and can’t) claim as business expenditure on your tax return, as well as advice on how to keep your books and records.

The workshop will be relaxed and informal and will include the opportunity to ask Pete any specific questions you might have, as well as any arising from his presentation.

This workshop is for self-employed creative practitioners and freelancers operating in the cultural and heritage sectors, who are based in, work or study in Sunderland.

To register, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/fpyamNFWpv4VjEE3A

We have a limited number of places on the workshop, so we will be in touch to confirm your place.

This workshop is part of the Unlock: Skills Development Series, which is supported by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and with funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.

About the workshop leader:
Pete is a fully-qualified Chartered Accountant, who has specialised in the arts and cultural sector for the past 30 years. He was previous Head of Finance at Northern Arts (now Arts Council England North East) and has been a Trustee of Dance City and Tyneside Cinema.
He currently works with a wide range of cultural sector organisations and artists, providing business advice, training, mentoring and support as well as more traditional accountancy services from book-keeping through to year end accounts.

His portfolio covers most, if not all, artforms and his clients include Alphabetti, CIRCA, Cobalt, Curious Arts, Empty Shop, Fertile Ground Dance, NewBridge Project, Northern Film & Media, November Club, Open Clasp Theatre Company, Theatre Space North East, Trans Creative, Unfolding Theatre, We’re Music, Workplace Gallery and many more. www.peteohara.co.uk


Received Wisdom

1 February – 10 May 2020

In the first of our brand-new series of Arts Council Collection National Partner exhibitions, we present Received Wisdom – a thought provoking exhibition that takes its title from an artwork of the same name by artist Amikam Toren which poses the question – Who is deemed ‘creative’?

Received Wisdom challenges the notion that creativity, boundary-breaking and dynamism are the preserve of youth. The exhibition presents a body of work created by artists working in their later years and challenges ideas about what is expected of us at different stages in our lives.

An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition.


Presented by The Spaghetti Factory

15 November – 5 January 2020

The Spaghetti Factory presents the HOT NEW IT, a series of exhibitions at Sunderland Museum featuring contemporary talent from Sunderland alongside artwork from Sunderland Museum’s permanent collection.

The first in the series of exhibitions features three local artists from University of Sunderland: Sarah Winslett, Anthony Amoako Attah and Elizabeth Griffith. Each artist’s work has been specially selected to complement the work in the Museum’s Art Gallery and explores ideas of landscape, body image, and identity through glassware design.

The Spaghetti Factory is a North East-based curatorial project that started as a space to allow experimentation in a non-formal setting. The project has since expanded to include events, workshops and the guest curation of regional galleries and pop-up spaces.

Hot New It is supported through Sunderland Culture’s curatorial internship at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. This internship is offered as part of the Unlock strand of Sunderland Culture’s Great Place programme, with funding from the 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.

Liza Dracup: Light Matter

NGCA Collections Space
30 October 2019 – 12 January 2020

Light Matter captures natural forms illuminated by artificial light. The artist was inspired by the life and work of the Victorian scientist Joseph Swan. Sunderland-born Swan was the notable inventor of the incandescent electric light bulb, changing our experience and vision of the world forever.  

Liza Dracup’s work draws on his enduring spirit of enquiry, marked by observation, curiosity and experimentation. Her photographic response captures visual nuances, descriptions hidden to the eye, and details of natural forms revealed by photography and artificial light.

Her subject matter is selected from a wide variety of flora from the English landscape and her own garden. In the photographs lie visual ambiguities which go beyond traditional ideas around photography as a mirror to human vision. The work uses a hybrid of traditional film and digital photography, to create images infused with visual excitement and wonder, offering us an unconventional view of our natural world.

Light Matter was commissioned by NEPN.

Works from Light Matter can also be seen at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens as part of the exhibition Observe Experiment Archive which runs 15 November 2019 – 5 January 2020.

Image credit: LM14, from Light Matter, Liza Dracup 2019


Warren Miller’s Timeless

Thursday 16 January, 6.30pm, Tickets £10 / £8 (concessions)

The only constant is change, but winter stoke is eternal. After seven decades of celebrating skiing and snowboarding, Warren Miller Entertainment can confirm that nothing compares to the excitement of another season in the mountains.

Join the kickoff to winter with our 70th film,Timeless, featuring ski veterans like Glen Plake and Forrest Jillson, alongside up and coming athletes like Queen of Corbet’s Catie Zeliff and Olympic skier Jaelin Kauf.

Explore the enduring spirit of winter across the globe, from the slopes of the Colorado Rockies to the rooftop of the Alps, and the steep sat Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, to Mustang Powder Lodge in the Monashee Mountains in British Columbia.