Arts classes on offer to help people pick up new skills

Participants at a textiles workshop at West Harton Action Station, Boldon Lane, South Shields.
Participants at a textiles workshop at West Harton Action Station, Boldon Lane, South Shields.

People in South Tyneside can get in touch with their creative side thanks to a series of arts sessions.

A new programme is being launched in the borough by The Cultural Spring.

“All of our workshops are open to beginners, as well as people with experience
in the art form.”

Emma Horsman, deputy director for the Cultural Spring

The three-year Arts Council-funded project aims to encourage and increase participation in the arts in South Tyneside and Sunderland.

People can get involved in photography, jewellery making, singing, and workshops in many other areas.

Emma Horsman, deputy director for the Cultural Spring, said: “All of our workshops are open to beginners, as well as people with experience
in the art form. Our artists are friendly and welcoming and want to help you to get the most out of your time during the sessions. Bring a friend, family member, neighbour or just yourself.”

The new sessions include a jewellery-making class at Boldon Community Association every Tuesday from January 12 to March 22, from 5pm to 7pm. A visual arts session is at East Boldon Methodist Church every Monday, from January 18 to March 21, from 6pm to 8pm.

Singing classes are at the Barnes Institute, in Whitburn, every Tuesday until March 15 from 7.15pm to 8.45pm.

Photography sessions will be at Chuter Ede Community Association, in South Shields, every Tuesday from January 19 to February 23, from 6pm to 8pm.

A sewing and textiles class is at West Harton Action Station, in South Shields, every Wednesday from January 20 to March 23, from 10am to noon. All sessions ask for a voluntary contribution. To book a course, go to www.theculturalspring.o.rg.uk or email david.callaghan@theculturalspring.org.uk