About Sunderland Family Arts Network

Sunderland Family Arts Network is a group of cultural and creative organisations in Sunderland, dedicated to bringing art and creativity to families.

Set up in 2013 as part of the national Family Arts Campaign, the network focused on the annual Family Arts Festival. At first the festival was a two week period over England school half-terms, however the festival period now covers the month of October to take in half terms across the whole of the UK.

The Network was set up to bring art in Sunderland to families. Sunderland Family Arts Network is working together to make art in Sunderland more accessible and to promote creative activities in Sunderland. Our activities include visual art, crafts, music and theatre performance, written and spoken word, and glass-making.

Our network is made up of members including Creative Cohesion, Arts Centre Washington, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, City Library and Arts Centre, The Canny Space, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, and Creative Learning at Sunderland Empire, amongst others.

After the initial years the Sunderland Family Arts Network has determined to run further activities throughout the rest of the year. Starting in 2015 we are now participating in the national Fun Palaces initiative, which brings art and science activities together with free activities during the first weekend of October. We are also adding further events throughout the rest of the year with joint activities between as many network members as possible. Most of our activities are either low cost, or are free of charge to families wherever possible.

Sunderland Family Art Network activities are usually held at our member’s venues. You can participate in events frequently at the Museum and Winter Gardens, NGCA, City Library and Arts Centre, and Arts Centre Washington. Activities are also held at The Canny Space and Creative Cohesion.

On this website you can find information about Sunderland Family Art Network events, network members, sign up for updates and offers, and donate to the Network. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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