Wed – Fri, 10am – 4pm
Preview 15 February, 5 – 8pm
An industrial past overpowers Sunderland’s culture. Cultural spaces proudly show its past achievements, but communities in these areas of industrial decline still live on and have been forgotten. To celebrate the importance of belonging, five creatives have held creative workshops in different communities around Sunderland, asking people who live in Sunderland what ‘belonging’ means to them. The output from these workshops has inspired new works shown in this exhibition.
The resulting works by Ellie Clewlow, Catherine Forsyth, Bridie Jackson, Mark Parham and Bethany Stead, commemorate the history of Sunderland, referencing glass making, shipbuilding and coal mining but inflected by contemporary stories. These new commissions celebrate the continuing story of Sunderland and the importance of showing working-class stories and celebrating the communities that belong to lost industrial villages in Sunderland through art.