South Tyneside community groups share £10,000

Some of the WHiST group, with Joy Nancarrow, front left
Some of the WHiST group, with Joy Nancarrow, front left

Sixteen community groups in South Tyneside have shared in more than £10,000 distributed by an award-winning arts and culture project.

The Cultural Spring - an Arts Council funded initiative working to increase participation in arts and culture on South Tyneside and Wearside - has been running its Your Art project for four years.

Your Art is designed to get community groups to develop their own artistic ideas and organised arts events in their own communities.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available through the rolling programme.

Women’s Health in South Tyneside (WHiST) received £400 to support a digital art session run by artist Rowena Russell.

Joy Nancarrow, colunteer support co-ordinator at WHiST, said: “The Your Art grant will allow us to host a session with Rowena in which women will create a display which celebrates who they are, and how they see themselves.

“We’re excited to be holding this four-hour session, which will be on Monday, September 11. Rowena won’t be prescriptive about what will be produced, she’ll talk to the group and see what comes out of the discussions.”

WHiST was established in 1986 to address gaps in women’s services and support.

It now supports more than 250 different women a week to become more independent.

Other South Tyneside recipients of Your Art support include: Westoe Calligraphy Group (£810); Changing Lives (£480); Cuckoo Young Writers (£400); Ocean Road Quilting Group (£800) and West Harton Chruches Action Station (£995).

Over the past three years, the Cultural Spring has invested nearly more than £70,000 in local communities through the Your Art scheme.

To be eligible for a grant, those applying must live or work in South Tyneside or Sunderland and be part of a community association or an informal, un-constituted group with a bank account.

The idea must be arts focused, and must be something new.

Emma Horsman, project director for the Cultural Spring, said: “More and more community groups throughout South Tyneside and Wearside are becoming aware of the Your Art fund and how we can support their arts activities.

“Up to £1,000 could be available.”

Proposals should be sent to or to or the Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE33 1ES.

The next deadline for Your Art funding is September 30, 2017.