February half-term fun in Sunderland

This half-term there are a huge variety of events and activities on offer across Sunderland Culture’s venues. From hands-on art workshops, crafts, and glassmaking to performance, theatre, music and trails, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Here’s a few of the programme highlights…

At Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

There are plenty of fun, free events to get creative with the family and keep the little ones busy at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens this half-term. Get hands-on with sculpture-makingcollage or painting workshops throughout the week, taking inspiration from a new art exhibition celebrating age and creativity, Received Wisdom.

3, 2, 1…Paint!

Monday 17 February / Various times / FREE / Drop-in / Age 4+

Join a painting challenge like no other! Create your own self-portrait in 10 minutes and create as many as you like. Paint onto cardboard boxes, bags, maybe even the sole of a show. Expect to get messy!

Relaxed Family Visits and Activities

Visit new art exhibition, Received Wisdom, and learn all about the artworks through drawing activities, sensory backpack trails and discussions with our learning team. There are also a number of fun relaxed activity sessions designed for families with children with disabilities and/or additional needs including autistic spectrum conditions.

At National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art 

Get Messy!

Various times / Age 3+

Those wanting to test their skills with clay can take part in one of three clay based workshops, Mythical Monsters on Sunday 16, Clay Challenge on Tuesday 18 or Clay Robots on Sunday 23. Children will be given the opportunity to create a sculpture, inspired by the centre’s galleries, with air drying clay.

Robot Fusing

Monday 17 & Thursday 20 February / Various times / Age 6+

Design and make your own artwork using colourful glass mosaics and glass grains to create a solid glass tile. Use one of the robot templates for inspiration or create your own design!

Glass Painting: Stained Glass Windows

Wednesday 19 February / Various times / Age 4+

Design and paint your own design onto a bespoke glass arch-hanging decoration. What will your style be, traditional or contemporary? It’s up to you!

At Arts Centre Washington:

A Hit in Two Days! Free Workshop

Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 February / 10am – 3.30pm / Ages 12 -18

Loud and Clear music tuition present a two day long intensive workshop for young musicians to collaborate, learn from their peers, develop new skills and create a fully recorded composition.

Rose and Robin

Friday 21st February / 11am & 2pm / For ages 7-70 and over

 A show that celebrates life in all its richness; a story of love and loss, for old and young… especially if you are over seven and have ever lost a sock… Or someone you love.

Hallé Magic!

Monday 24th February / Various times / Ages 2- 5

Introduce your child to the magic of orchestral music with the world famous Hallé Orchestra! The Hallé Magic Box is packed with toys and props to discover songs and rhymes, musical movements and games. Afternoon sessions also available at The Fire Station.

Washington Art-Zine: Animation!
Free art activities for those aged 8-10 years

Work with animator Sheryl Jenkins and creative writer James Whitman to learn about the animation and filmmaking process and create a short animated film.

Over the course of 3 days, you will learn how to write your own stories, make your own characters and then use apps and animation software to bring them to life. You will edit your film and add a soundtrack that could include music, sound effects or even your own voice. A copy of your film will be made available after the workshop.

For more information about all the events available visit Sunderlandculture.org.uk 


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