Arts & Culture

New Art Initiative Brings Colour To Art Benches In Sunderland
The artistic skills of around 95 Wearsiders have gone on display in Sunderland city centre in the first stage of a new initiative. Amateur artists of all ages – from three upwards – answered the call for creative-minded volunteers to decorate specially commissioned art benches.It is hoped the seating will...
North East Indie-Pop Artist To Release New Single This Coming September
Faye Fantarrow ‘Noughties’ New single out Friday 17th September 2021 Faye Fantarrow is a rising alt. indie-pop artist from the North East of England. Fantarrow’s new single ‘Noughties’ is out on the 17th of September.Noughties continues to showcase Fantarrow’s perceptive and often socially aware lyrics; the track features a pulsating propulsive beat...
Free Cycling Lessons For Families In South Tyneside And Sunderland!
 Families in South Tyneside and Sunderland can benefit from freecycling lessons this summer thanks to a primary school in Jarrow. The teachers and support staff at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, are involved in Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival scheme which...
Sunderland's Shining Stars Nomination Deadline Extended To July 2nd
Residents have until the end of this week to nominate the Shining Stars within their communities as the deadline is extended. Sunderland City Council announced the new Sunderland Shining Stars awards, which will recognise residents who have gone above and beyond throughout the Covid-19 pandemic by contributing to the community.Residents...
A Heritage Plague To Highlight The Activism Of Sunderland's Quaker Women
The role played by North East women in the anti-slavery movement will be highlighted when a new Blue Plaque is revealed in the region. Later this month a heritage plaque will be unveiled in Sunderland city centre to highlight the activism of Sunderland’s Quaker women.The plaque will be fixed to...
A Journey From Sunderland To Hollywood!
A music graduate whose compositions have appeared in some of the biggest films and TV series of recent years revealed the secret to his success. For a young lad from Bishop Auckland in County Durham, Jordan Caygill has worked hard and achieved his dream.The University of Sunderland graduate has seen...
Local History Library @ ETR
THE LOCAL History Library @ ETR has reopened its doors once again as restrictions continue to relax and more venues welcome back visitors. The Elephant Tea Rooms, which first opened as the Local History Library @ ETR last year, will be open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm.The Local History...
Grant Awarded To Help Preserve Historic Buildings
The Jane Gibson Almshouses Trust has been awarded a grant of £103k to repair and improve the look of its historic building beside Sunderland Minster.Funding for the work is being provided by the Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Sunderland City Council.The Trust...
Encouraging Freedom Of Expression As We Approach World Goth Day
As we head towards World Goth Day (Saturday, May 22nd) two Sunderland psychologists are opening up about their own experience of prejudice and how they hope one TV soap’s current hate crime storyline will help spark a change in attitudes. There were heartbreaking scenes in Coronation Street earlier this month,...
Outstanding Sunderland Students Showcase Their Talent In Local Art Exhibition
The creative artwork and photography of talented students from two outstanding secondary schools in Sunderland have been chosen to feature in a major local art exhibition that will be advertised across the region. Supported by the art and photography teaching team at St. Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, 11 students from...

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