Sunderland success with online culture programmes

Sunderland Culture has joined forces with the city’s university and local council to deliver a programme of online culture to residents during lockdown.

Children’s activities, a student ‘take-over festival’ home schooling, and a project for socially-isolated older people have been amongst the digital offerings rolled over since the lockdown began. Others include the broadcast premiere of The Secret Earl of Biddick, a play developed by the venue’s Youth Theatre for the visit of The Tall Ships in 2018, a virtual exhibition and a series on online workshops and tutorials for arts workers.

Sunderland Museum, the National Glass Centre (pictured), the Arts Centre Washington and a group of local artists and creatives have been involved in the programme.

Sunderland Culture is now working on more programmes for children and families.

“As soon as the venues closed we started working on a plan for our combined digital channels to take interesting and inspiring content – old and new – into Sunderland homes” said Keith Merrin, chief executive of Sunderland Culture.

Sunderland Culture was set up in 2016 to bring together the cultural programmes of Sunderland City Council, University of Sunderland and Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust into a single entity. It is one of 16 pilot areas for the Great Place scheme, jointly funded over three years by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and is now part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.







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