Projects win funding from Cultural Spring pot

YOUR ART WINNERS & (from left to right) Padma Rao from Sangini, artist Miki Zea and Fiona Mckeown, of the Cultural Spring
YOUR ART WINNERS & (from left to right) Padma Rao from Sangini, artist Miki Zea and Fiona Mckeown, of the Cultural Spring

Groups in South Tyneside are celebrating after landing handouts from a £5,000 funding pot as part of an arts initiative.

The Cultural Spring, an Arts Council-funded project, launched Your Art earlier this year.

“This will be their first experience of the visual arts.

The scheme aims to support communities in coming up with arts events within 10 wards in South Tyneside and Sunderland.

A grant of £900 was awarded to Sangini, a women’s organisation in Cleadon working within minority communities, to hire artist Miki Zea to help it with a project called Abstract Connections.

Sangini board member Padma Rao said: “This will be their first experience of the visual arts, and the hope is that this will develop into a longer-term project, building their skills and understanding.

“In other projects, we’ve used arts and crafts as something for groups of women to do while they’ve discussed very difficult experiences, such as domestic violence.

“Miki will work with the group over four half-day workshops at All Saints’ Church in Cleadon.”

Other organisations given Your Art funding include the Jack Heath Club at Biddick Hall in South Shields, Hylton Ukulele Group at Hylton Castle in Sunderland, Hedworth Lane Primary School at Boldon Colliery, Chillingham House in Roker, Sunderland, and Compass A Capella at Cleadon.

Cultural Spring deputy director Fiona Mckeown said “The funding will help enable and sustain arts activity and participation in the areas.

“It will also provide opportunities for people to try something new, and, in some cases, give them new skills and interests.”

The deadline for the next round of funding is Thursday, July 30,

Proposals should be sent to yourart@theculturalspring.org.uk or to Fiona Mckeown at the Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE33 1ES.

The 10 Cultural Spring wards are Sunderland’s Castletown, Red House, Southwick, Fulwell, and Roker and St Peter’s, and South Tyneside’s Biddick Hall and All Saints, Boldon, Cleadon, Whitburn and Marsden, and Whiteleas.

The project’s three partners are Sunderland University, the Customs House and Sunderland’s Music, Arts and Culture Trust.

For details, go to www.theculturalspring.org.uk