Proggy Pride Party

Wednesday 13 September, 6pm – 9pm
Free, pre-booking recommended

Are you proud of your heritage? Be proud of who you are and join the Celebrate Different Collective to explore TRANS-formative heritage crafts with the WHOLE LGBTQIA+ community and their allies.

In this New Wave funded event for young adults aged 18 – 25 years, we hope to show people the hidden crafts of the past including proggy mat-making and its connection to the working-class mining communities of North-East England.

On the evening, you can enjoy:

  • Delicious mocktails and themed snacks.
  • Work with textile artist Louise Underwood to help make a giant Pride flag using traditional proggy mat techniques. Learn how to prog colourful rags into hessian sacking and find out more about the history of this traditional craft.
  • Bring your pre-loved clothing to create a new wardrobe of upcycled fashions in the Swap Meet zone. Work with textile artist Rosie Thornton and the fashion students from University of Sunderland to customise your clothes. Try adding patches, studs, fringing, trims or decorate with fabric pens. You will be given a token for each item you bring which can then be traded for another item of clothing.
  • Make a protest poster at the Mini Print Station with artist Mark Rogerson using traditional print making methods.

This event is part of New Wave, a series of innovative youth-led events being produced for this year’s Heritage Open Days festival. New Wave is a project by Heritage Open Days, which is presented by the National Trust and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. You can find out more at Heritage Open Days New Wave.

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