New sessions for creative South Tynesiders

FELT MAKING ... people enjoying a taster session at West Harton Action Stations.
FELT MAKING ... people enjoying a taster session at West Harton Action Stations.

SOUTH Tynesiders can bring out their artistic side with a new programme of free taster sessions.

The programme is being drawn up after a successful introduction in the borough, which saw people give sessions such as photography, storytelling and jewellery making a go.

The sessions were arranged by The Cultural Spring, a £2million Arts Council-funded project working in 10 wards across South Tyneside and Wearside, and gave people the opportunity to meet and engage with professional artists and their work.

They followed on from Get Together meetings held to discover what sort of art forms each of the 10 communities would be interested in.

More than 70 taster sessions were hosted in South Tyneside and Sunderland and these are now coming to a close.

However, the Cultural Spring is keen to continue with the sessions and is developing a new programme which will be launched early in the autumn.

Emma Horsman, cultural development manager at the Cultural Spring, said: “We’ve been pleased at the response to our sessions and have learned what works well along the way.

“Some of the sessions have provided residents with their first engagement in the arts, while others have encouraged or developed existing interests.

“We’ve listened to the feedback from the taster classes, both about content, venues and timings and this is feeding into the development of our new programme, which will feature arts activities that have proved most popular taking place over a longer period of time.

“We’d like to thank all of those who have attended the sessions and hope they enjoyed them – look out for our new programme which will be revealed soon.”

Find out more about the Cultural Spring project at, or to share ideas for future sessions, contact Emma at

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