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Arts project receives £1 million boost to roll out across Sunderland

Published: Saturday, 22 October 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

More people in Sunderland will have the chance to get arty as a popular project is set to be rolled out further after receiving extra funding.

The Cultural Spring is an exciting, ambitious project to get more people in Sunderland and South Tyneside to experience and be inspired by the arts, and it has now been extended by an extra three years.

Founded by the University of Sunderland, the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust and the Customs House, in South Shields, it should boost arts provision in the region.

Arts Council England have been funding the project since 2014, and will now invest an extra £1 million as they aim to leave a lasting legacy of communities with a genuine and abiding interest in the arts.

The project, which begun with £2 million of funding, had been scheduled to finish in December and focused on five Sunderland and five South Tyneside wards.

Much greater reach

However, with the additional funding the project will reach five new wards in each borough, including Hendon, Millfield, Pallion, Sandhill and St Anne’s in Sunderland.

Cultural Spring Director Emma Horsman said: “We’re obviously delighted to be continuing our work for a further three years – and are already looking forward to working in our new wards.”

Consultation sessions have already taken place in ten wards and there are more scheduled, while there are also plans for the Your Art project to be extended.

Your Art aims to help grass-root groups to engage new and existing members using arts and culture.
Graeme Thompson, chair of the Cultural Spring and pro vice chancellor at the University of Sunderland, said: “

As lead partner, the university is a big advocate of The Cultural Spring and we’re thrilled it will be raising aspirations and engagement within the two boroughs for another three years – at least.”

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