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Make it Happen – Sunderland

Make it Happen Sunderland currently delivers our partnership activities with :

Young Cultural Ambassadors, Sunderland Culture


Celebrate Different

Friday 1 November, 6.30pm-9pm

Join Sunderland Culture’s Young Ambassador Team as they take over Arts Centre Washington for the night.

This free event for young people, explores the themes of body positivity and identity through specially commissioned artworks made by professional artists, performances, music and an exhibition. There will be things to experience, see, do, take part in, think about and of course, CELEBRATE.

This event is all about learning to be proud of who YOU are as a young person, embracing your differences like super powers and celebrating those differences with other young people. Tickets are free – but pre-bookable.

Suitable for ages 11yrs+ and young people under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

This is also a great opportunity for you to find out more about Sunderland Young Ambassador Team, see them in action and find out how YOU can get involved in the future.

Celebrate Different has been designed, programmed and ran by the Sunderland Culture’s Young Ambassador Team after they took part in Helix Arts Make Art Happen Sunderland. This team of young people aged 13-25years old from across Sunderland are united on a mission to get their voices heard and to inspire other young people across Sunderland. This project has been developed thanks to the support of Hays Travel Foundation and Culture Bridge North East Partnership Investment Fund.

To book your place visit: https://sunderlandculture.org.uk/events/celebrate-different/

Or for more information see: https://sunderlandculture.org.uk/young-people-in-sunderland-plan-own-event-celebrating-difference/ https://www.facebook.com/events/2375858849399722/

Watch the trailer at: https://www.facebook.com/artscentrewashington/videos/661704814351721/UzpfSTU1MzUxNTcyMTpWSzoyNTQxNTg1MzI5MjMzNDAy/?q=UK%20Days%20Out%20-%20Reviews%20%26%20Recommendations%20celebrate%20different&epa=SEARCH_BOX

Sunderland artists and producers, Sunderland Culture


Find out more about the artists and producers below…

Jessica Ann Browne

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Jessica Browne is a visual artist with a BA and MA in Fine Art from the University of Sunderland. Alongside her personal practice she runs workshops in textiles and painting. Her work focuses on abstract painting with floral and botanical references.

Kate Clarke

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Kate has a background in archaeology, heritage and collections based around the North East. She studied art to foundation level, then archaeology at university. She started up her own archaeological illustration business which allowed her to combine her passions of art and archaeology. More recently Kate has worked in libraries and schools, where she was able to design and make art, and she also ran groups based on art history, which she researched and developed.   At college, her art was large, featuring brightly coloured acrylics, using shapes and lines from nature as a theme. Her recent work is smaller and more illustrative in style, using pen and ink, and watercolour. Kate has recently taken part in the first two Sunderland Arts markets at MBC Arts Wellbeing where she sold work from her studio, and currently displaying work about the historic buildings of Sunderland in ‘The Uncanny’ exhibition at Norfolk Street Arts.

Catherine O'Neill

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Catherine studied English Literature at Newcastle University and also has an MA in Creative Writing. She taught English for 18 years and has written short stories, poetry, some songs, has novel ideas and has recently started to write plays.

Catherine is taking part in a scriptwriting course at The Live Theatre and is working on a play about Japanese Prisoners of War from Sunderland. She is a member of the local Holmeside Writers group. One of her short stories was recently broadcast on BBC Radio Newcastle.

Sharon Milley

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Sharon is an artist from Sunderland who works using an amalgamation of mediums. Predominantly Sharon is a writer and performer of poetry and prose, using her writing to then inspire works that experiment with a range of materials, including ceramics and felt to bring her characters to a three dimensional platform. Working with a community of artists, Sharon hopes to share her work with an ever increasing audience.

Rachel Groves

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Rachel is a creative practitioner living and working in Sunderland since 2005, and she has worked with glass for over 17 years. Rachel has over 12 years’ of creative workshop facilitation experience and has been managing creative projects for young people and adults since 2012.

Outside of her role at National Glass Centre her recent work has been research based, having recently completed MSc Psychology, focussing on the health and well-being benefits of cultural engagement.

More info soon…. in the meanwhile do get in touch to find out more about future courses.

[email protected] or call Cheryl at Helix Arts on 0191 241 4931

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