Take a look at some seriously cool culture in Sunderland. Your guide to culture events you can enjoy in person or from the comfort of your own home this September…




Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery

8 September – 15 November 2020

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The National Gallery, London is touring Bernardo Bellotto’s The Fortress of Königstein from the North and it’s one of the most original and impressive examples of 18th century landscape painting.

Bellotto’s masterpiece will be accompanied by five works from the National Gallery collection featuring castles (both real

and imagined), alongside artworks from Sunderland Museum’s own collection depicting castles from across the North East such as L S Lowry’s drawing of Bamburgh Castle.




Looking Out, Looking In

From September 2020

Created by artists, Sally Southern and Nicola Lynch – with the help of the local community – make sure you catch Looking Out, Looking In over at Arts Centre Washington this September.

The artists connected ‘virtually’ with residents of Hetton, Easington Lane and Moorsley and asked them to reflect on their lockdown experience.

This stellar exhibition promises to be a real eye-opener, marking a very important and challenging moment in time. Make sure you check out some seriously cool culture in Sunderland.




Received Wisdom

Until 1 November















Received Wisdom has been extended until November and you’d be a fool to miss Sunderland Museum & Winter Garden’s first exhibition as part of their National Partnership with the prestigious Arts Council Collection!

Received Wisdom challenges the idea that creativity and dynamism are the preserve of youth.

The exhibition presents a body of work created by artists working in their later years and challenges ideas about what is expected of us at different stages in our lives.

You can also explore the exhibition online via the Sunderland Culture website.





No Strings

Extended until March 2021

No Strings should have opened to the public back in March, but was unable to due to the COVID-19 closure of National Glass Centre.

The exhibition moved online with a short video tour, but when the centre reopens, will be available to see in person for the first time!

No Strings features the work of seven international artists working with glass beads in unconventional ways.

The exhibition will include a beaded burger and coke by Faranak Sohi, an evening dress made using beads and safety pins by Shige Fujishiro and a beaded chicken showing his gymnastic prowess on the rings by Felieke van der Leest.




Chad McCail: Toy

Extended until 2021















This exhibition by Chad McCail has been extended to the new year, and we’re delighted to hear it!

‘Toy’ is a monumental cityscape populated by gigantic mythical creatures battling for its future freedom. This exhibition is full of extraordinary details, creating an intense and almost surreal experience for visitors.

Don’t miss the optional audio tour by Chad himself, as he talks visitors through the toy city at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.






Online programme: Arts Centre Washington

Throughout September

We’ve been loving Sunderland Culture’s online programme during lockdown, and we’re so excited to learn that Arts Centre Washington will be continuing with an online programme throughout September!

With classes such as Social Sing, Watercolour and Oil Painting, Youth Theatre and Art Club all ready and waiting in the wings, as well as online exhibitions featuring work by artist Andrew Tift and Sunderland Photographic Association, Sunderland Culture is giving us a million reasons to enjoy the world of culture in our homes.




Heritage at Heart – Online Exhibition

25 August 2020 – 31 March 2021















Head over to the Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden’s website for a look at the city’s rich history.

Heritage at Heart is an online exhibition which examines the links between Sunderland’s industrial past and artworks from the Arts Council Collection.

Presenting objects, documents and photographs from the Museum’s collection, alongside paired artworks from the Arts Council Collection, the exhibition also unearths Sunderland’s mining, shipbuilding, glass, pottery, automobile, rope and construction industries.

The exhibition also explores how industry continues to inform and influence artists today. Don’t miss it!




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