The Cultural Spring: Winter 2018

The Cultural Spring has unveiled its first programme of 2018 and it’s packed full of creative activities to keep the Winter blues away.

My calligraphy workshops are back at The CustomSpace on Wednesday evenings, although there’s a waiting list for places.

A few things have caught my eye already and I’ve pulled my top picks together below. You can read the full The Cultural Spring Winter 2018 What’s On Guide here.

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Drumming Workshop

I’m married to a drummer, so it figures that this one grabbed my attention! Using West African djembes and bass drums, Mark Barfoot will teach traditional rhythm pieces and also boomwhackers to create instant and playful arrangements.

Thursday, February 1 – Thursday, March 8
5.30pm – 7pm
Monkton Park Methodist Church, Wood Terrace, Jarrow, NE32 5LU.

Photography Walk

Cultural Spring Winter 2018This one went straight in my diary! I love the idea of getting some fresh air and exercise while learning a new skill and I’d love to know more about photography. Artist Jo Howell is leading the walk along the river from the National Glass Centre to Roker Park in Sunderland.

Friday, March 30
11am – 2pm
Meet at the National Glass Centre Cafe, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL.

Screen Printing

Cultural Spring Winter 2018 2This introduction to screen printing on paper sounds perfect for stationery lovers like me. Learn how the process works, from drawing up initial designs to printing two-colour prints on archival papers. Participants will also get the chance to design their own prints.

Thursday, February 22 – Thursday, March 29
6pm – 8pm
Marsden Road Health and Well-being Centre, Marsden Road, South Shields, NE34 6RE.

Launch Day

Cultural Spring Winter 2018 2The Cultural Spring offers several ‘Go and See’ opportunities to give people the chance to experience arts and cultural events across the north east.

Launch Day explores the industrial history of the UK shipyard communities in a collaboration between visual artist Alexander Millar and Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre.

Bringing to life Millar’s paintings of working men and the iconic characters known as “Gadgies”, artistic director Kristin Kelly-Abbott uses her trademark quirky dance theatre style to reimagine Millar’s paintings and bring to the stage a visual, physical and entertaining production.

Family activities

It’s always nice to see some family-friendly activities on offer and between them, these sessions will keep children of all ages happy  

  • Chalk Construction Club
  • Family Eco-Crafts
  • Horsley Hill Mega Makers

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