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The Art Room in Sunderland

Funded on Spacehive 28 June 2021 Delivered 1 December 2021

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The Art Room in Sunderland

The Art Room in Sunderland

Kerry Cook By Kerry Cook

Help me create a unique, multi-functional art room in the heart of Sunderland city centre. The space will transform from a library study space to a safe and secure learning hub for young and old.

Sunniside Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 28 Jun 2021!

The Art Room will be a transformational space which enables all of our diverse communities to learn, grow, heal and start their creative journeys. In the heart of the city centre i will create a centre for arts and wellbeing that focuses on visual arts and art education. With your help I will: - Create a inter-changable art lounge which will include an art library and study area, a pre-school safe space for creative play and a multi functional workshop space for art classes serving all of the Sunderland community. This art lounge will be available to local schools, community groups, arts and culture organisations, youth groups, pre-school groups, faith groups and basically any group that wishes to explore the visual arts, learn a new skill or simply relax and de-stress. It really will be a case of 'ART FOR ALL'! In order to achieve my dream I need help with specialist equipment and materials that will make access to quality art education available for all users.

What we'll deliver:

  • Fully furnished and accessible art lounge suitable for a diverse range of participants.
  • Easily cleaned, creative play equipment and safety mats.
  • Height adjustable furniture to make the space fully inclusive.
  • Easily cleaned creative play equipment for pre-school children.
  • Designated spaces/equipment for children and adults with additional needs - particularly sensory needs.

Why it's a great idea:

This project will benefit many areas of the North East and will be easily accessible in the city centre with good transport links. This project will support the local community to access high quality, professional art education in a safe, secure and welcoming environment. New groups will be established in order to boost mental health and wellbeing, particularly in helping people who may have been isolated or shielding, or young mums and dads wanting a chance to socialise their babies. Home schoolers can access art classes in an art studio environment, the project can support dads and kids days, grandparents and carers classes and quieter autism / sensory sessions in a smaller more manageable group. Local art clubs, artists and schools can access the art library to research art works and exhibitions and use the equipment to photograph / research new areas of interest. This will be a space that will be accessed by all North East residents from age 2 to add 100+ !!

Steps to get it done:

  • Launching and opening the creative space.
  • Launching the volunteer program.
  • Completing 2 years of arts development and learning.
  • Reviewing progress and impact at the 6 month mark.
  • Reviewing progress and impact at the 12 month mark.

This project will support many other local artists, businesses and cultural organisations in that it will provide a space to meet, develop planning, teach, create exhibitions and much more.

Location Sunniside

About the space

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Sunderland City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £3,785

Pre school Creative Play Equipment - £1,056 (28%)
Adjustable Furniture and Fittings - £896 (24%)
Easels / Boards / Art Materials - £721 (19%)
Specialist Equipment - Pop up Gallery - £343 (9%)
Specialist Equipment - Printing - £275 (7%)
Autism / SEND Equipment - £206 (5%)
Other - £288 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Pre school Creative Play Equipment
Adjustable Furniture and Fittings
Easels / Boards / Art Materials
Specialist Equipment - Pop up Gallery
Specialist Equipment - Printing
Autism / SEND Equipment
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £3,785

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Art Materials, Craft Materials, Easels, Marketing and publicity.

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