People urged to try their hand at something arty

HITTING RIGHT NOTE ... Jane Lindenburg (seated), from Music in the Minster, leads the Friday evening singing group workshop in Whitburn Village Church hall.
HITTING RIGHT NOTE ... Jane Lindenburg (seated), from Music in the Minster, leads the Friday evening singing group workshop in Whitburn Village Church hall.

SOUTH Tynesiders looking to try something new in 2015 are being encouraged to get involved in an arts initiative.

The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council-funded project aiming to encourage and increase participation in the Arts in 10 wards on South Tyneside and Wearside, is launching a range of workshops this month.

People can get involved in glass making, ceramics, jewellery, singing or learning a new instrument, and the majority of the workshops are free.

Fiona Mckeown, deputy director for the Cultural Spring, said: “Whether you’re wanting to develop a new skill, make some new friends or just make some time to do something you enjoy, we hope people will find something in our new programme. It has been developed from feedback from our first two workshop programmes – we always try to respond to the interests of those taking part. Beginners are always very welcome and we encourage people to bring a friend, family member or a neighbour.

“Participants can sign up for a full 10-week course, or just drop in to one or two sessions to see if they’re for you or not – apart from our Japanese Kintsugi Ceramics which has been designed as a 10-week course. This course must be booked in advance.”

To book or for more information, email Fiona at Fiona.Mckeown@theculturalspring.org.uk, go to www.theculturalspring.org.uk, or call 427 8197.

Cultural Spring is working in the Castletown, Red House, Southwick, Fulwell and Roker/St Peter’s wards in Sunderland, and Biddick Hall and All Saints, Boldon, Cleadon, Whitburn/Marsden and Whiteleas in South Tyneside. It was founded by the University of Sunderland, the Customs House in South Shields and the Sunderland Musical, Arts and Culture (Mac) Trust.

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