Partners and Funders

Led by the Sunderland Music Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust, with Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Culture, and funding from Arts Council England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Fire Station is one of the largest current cultural developments in a post-industrial UK city centre. 

Established in 2012, the Sunderland MAC Trust is a registered charity, with the objective of being a catalyst, developer and promoter of cultural activities within the city. It aims to bring together people with ability, talent and ambition who share a vision for Sunderland’s future as a vibrant, creative and exciting place where the arts, music and culture flourish. Sunderland MAC Trust is a founding partner –with Sunderland City Council and University of Sunderland – of Sunderland Culture; working together to improve lives for everyone in Sunderland through culture.  

The £3.6m first phase of the Fire Station was built thanks to financial support from National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

The Fire Station’s new performance venue is being developed thanks to a £6.25million award from Arts Council England‘s Capital: Large Grants programme, funded by the National Lottery, and a £1.38m grant from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

It is designed by award-winning architects Flanagan Lawrence, built by Sunderland-based Brims construction, with fixtures, technology and equipment specified by international acoustic leaders, Idibri.