Sunderland Arts & Culture Trail 2024

19 June 2024
Sunderland Arts & Culture Trail 2024

Enjoy a free Arts & Culture Trail in Sunderland between Saturday, 6 July, and Sunday, 21 July.

Experience over 60 artists across 40-plus venues in one vibrant multi-artist, multi-discipline, multi-venue art exhibition across the city.

The trail is not just an event; it’s an invitation to see the city of Sunderland in a new light and connect with its vibrant artistic community. It's designed to be easily walkable, making it a perfect way to enjoy the city’s outdoor spaces, fresh air, and independent businesses and venues.

The trail runs from 6 July to 21 July, but there are an array of specific events throughout this period, which you can find details of below!

Illustration Adventurers

The Bridges Shopping Centre

Family Friendly Activities

6 & 20 July, 11 AM to 3 PM


This creative session, hosted at the Bridges Shopping Centre, is suitable for those aged 4+

The Adventures of Barry the Magician by Peter Hayes

Sunshine Cooperative

Book Launch & Activities

Barry the Magician by Peter Hayes

6 July, 11 AM to 12 PM


Peter Hayes has written books on topics ranging from politics to dieting. The Adventures of Barry the Magician is his third children’s book. Come along to the live reading and book launch at Sunshine Cooperative. All are welcome to this storytelling session, but the book is for those aged 5-9. There will be a chance to draw, and there might even be some magic!

Gaming Social

The Gallery

Games & Socialising


10 & 17 July, 6 PM to 10 PM


Bring a board game, or use one of theirs, and join some friends to play over a coffee in a welcoming environment. Tea and Coffee are free of charge.

Art Drop-Ins

Diego's Joint

Art Activities & Socialising

Diegos Joint Art Drop In

10 & 17 July, 10 AM to 1 PM


Anyone interested can call in for the whole session or for half an hour, whatever suits them. An art tutor will be on hand to introduce you to a variety of art materials, or you can bring your own project to work on.

Scott Jopling - The Sunderland Connection

The Fire Station

Piano Recital


10 July, 2 PM & 4 PM


Scott Joplin was the melodic genius who gave us irrepressible ragtime tunes like The Entertainer and The Maple Leaf Rag. Joplin lived all his life in the USA and composed most of his classic rags in St Louis, Missouri. But oddly enough, the defining musical event in Joplin’s life, which inspired him throughout his career, occurred not in America but here, in Sunderland, in 1898.

As a young man, Peter Hayes spent a year in St. Louis, where, in a newspaper archive, he first came across Sunderland’s connection to Scott Joplin. Peter will be playing a selection of Joplin’s piano works, including Rose Leaf Rag, Elite Syncopations, Solace, and other favourites. In between the music, Peter will be happy to chat about the life of the great ragtime composer.

King Ink

Pop Recs

Spoken Word Performance

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11 July, 6 PM to 9:30 PM


Come from 6 PM to chat, drink coffee, enjoy the bar, write and sign up to perform the open mic. Read, perform, or just listen. New folks are always welcome. There will be a book launch and headline set from Pauline May.

Come Darn With Me

Studio Infinite

Sewing & Darning Group

Sewing Box

11, 12, 13 July, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM


Pop in to do a bit of sewing, mending, darning, and repairing. Bring along something you’ve been meaning to mend, repair, or make—and see if we can make it happen together. Teas, coffee, and cake will be available.

Heritage Walk

Seventeen Nineteen

Heritage Walk

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11 July, 10 AM


Come at 10 AM to walk around & learn about Old Sunderland.

Filling In The Gaps

Abject Gallery

Dave Tweedy Exhibition


12 July, 6 PM - 8 PM


David Tweedy graduated from Newcastle University with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art in 2013. He is a painter and has exhibited in the North East of England, London, and Vienna. His works look at gatherings of people united in expressing a shared belief system and examine their organisation and movement within and through a particular environment.

Music for a Summer's Evening

Sunderland Minster

Octet Performance

12 July, 7:30 PM


Musica Johannis is an octet of singers who will perform a programme of songs as part of the Arts & Culture Trail. It is a fantastic opportunity to have a drink, relax, and hear beautiful singing in a wonderful setting on a summer's evening.
Tickets are £6 each and are best obtained in advance by contacting the Minster by email [email protected]

Family Art Jam

Sunniside Gardens

Family Friendly Activities


13 July, 11 AM to 3 PM


Look out for details coming soon!

Paint & Play

The Gallery

Games & Painting

Tactic NE CIC

13 July, 10 AM to 4 PM


Paint your own tabletop gaming figure, watch tabletop gaming demonstrations, and talk to experienced players about how to get started! Attendees will be entered into a prize draw to win a starter kit.


The Fire Station

Dance Performances


14 July, 2 PM & 4 PM


Look out for details coming soon!

Articulating Art

The Art Room Sunderland

Hand Drawing Workshop

Kerry Cook The Art Room Sunderland

17 July, 5 PM to 6:30 PM


Kerry from The Art Room is hosting a workshop on sketching hands. This workshop links in with the work she will display downstairs in the Fat Unicorn as part of the trail. The cost of £5 covers the cost of materials and a cuppa. Please bring a photo to work from.

Wordplay Warehouse

Port Independent

Spoken Word & Performance Poetry

Port independent

17 July, 6 PM to 9:30 PM


Look out for details coming soon!