(Robyn Townsend and Molly Pattison photographed at the Sunniside Solstice 2013)
Family Arts Festival, Half Term Programme
Five venues are taking part in the first collaborative event by Sunderland's newly formed Family Arts Network. The Halloween themed activities are designed for the whole family to enjoy, and with the majority free will provide the perfect solution to keep the little ones occupied this half-term (and yourselves!).
FANSunderland is a collaborative project involving several creative businesses and organisations across the city; who have come together to promote and increase the involvment of local families in creative activities, from craft to music to performing art. With a mission to promote arts events and increase the participation of local families in free arts activities how could we not be involved! To keep updated with future activity keep an eye on the Facebook page.
NGCA (Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art)
3rd Floor City Library and Arts Centre, Sunderland
Tuesday 29 October 10.00am – 4.00pm
The Big Draw. Let your imagination run wild and draw something fantastic on the giant blackboard!
Thursday 31 October 10.00am – 4.00pm
Spooky Make-overs. Dress up in your best Hallowe’en costume, make some gory props and pose for the ghoulish photographers!
Monkwearmouth Station Museum, North Bridge Street, Sunderland, SR5 1AP
Wednesday 30 October 11am-1pm then 2pm - 4pm
Made in Sunderland Printing. Sunderland artist group ASSIGN are putting on a one-day hands-on printing event for school children. Children will be able to make prints on paper, using a variety of printmaking techniques, and will be able to take home the prints they make. The theme of the prints will be MADE IN SUNDERLAND, which is the title of the current exhibition in the Station Museum. No booking is necessary. All materials will be provided by ASSIGN.
ARTS CENTRE WASHINGTON
Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Wednesday 30 October 10.30am and 1.30pm
LUNA. An enchanting theatre experience for 2-5 year olds about friendship, the moon and being brave in the dark. £6 per person or £20 family of 4.
20-21 Nile Street, Sunniside, Sunderland, SR1 1EY
Thursday 31 October 10am - 2pm
Hallowe'en crafts and Family Sewing School. Make creepy crafts with one of the resident artists, Lesley Cooperwaite. All materials are provided and you can take away your own spooky decorations to hang at home ready for the Hallowe'en festivities!
Family Sewing School. Louise Garbutt will be running a free taster of her popular ‘So Sew’ events for all ages with child-friendly sewing activities.
Saturday 2 November 10am - 2pm
Make your own lanterns. Glass artists Roger Tye and Robyn Townsend lead these fun lantern-making activities. Paint on glass or create patterns with stickers which will then be sandblasted to create beautiful frosted tea light holders and lanterns for you to take home. Some glass jars and tumblers will be provided for decorating, but it is advised that families bring their own where possible. Everyday jars and glasses are suitable. No booking necessary. Activities Free of Charge.
DEBORAH CAUCHI FINE ART
13 Norfolk Street, Sunniside, Sunderland, SR1 1EA
Saturday 2nd November 12pm-2pm and 2pm-4pm
Lego and Superhero Painting. Come along to Deborah’s studio to paint your own clay lego and superhero figures. £1.00 per child. BOOKING REQUIRED. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org