Author: Jay Sykes

Your community radio station has been nominated for six national radio awards. Here’s who’s shortlisted in the Community Radio Awards 2018: Spark itself has been shortlisted for the highly coveted ‘Station of the Year’ award.  “A station nomination is such a monumental win for us in the current community radio environment,” said Scott McGerty, Compliance […]

This week’s ArtyParti continues to celebrate the ongoing Sunderland Creative Writing Festival; this annual festival explores various aspects of creative writing across various venues in Sunderland, with nearly two full weeks of workshops, talks, events & panels ahead before the end of the month. Paul Dunn – Founder & Artistic Director of Cranked Anvil Paul […]

Since establishing two years ago, Community Arts Project North East has been working with various community groups on participatory arts projects. Joining us live on this week’s ArtyParti, Directors Diane Gray and Ben Hudson discuss their two current projects; “Home is Where the Heart Is”, which brings socially isolated people together through music, and the […]

Live on today’s ArtyParti: Patricia Stead – Executive Producer, Dance City “My main role is to look after professional artists – to support them to be able to create work, to train, and become all that they can in the region.” Patricia’s career has seen her working all around the country & beyond – on […]

Live on today’s ArtyParti: Keith Gregson – Singer/Songwriter “I come from a family of entertainers – my dad and grandparents were musicians – and I’ve always enjoyed entertaining.” Keith has spent 33 years as a teacher, 14 as a freelance writer, and now he’s curating the plethora of music he’s been creating over the past […]

Live on today’s ArtyParti: Jane Gulliford Lowes, writer of “The Horsekeeper’s Daughter”: “A small girl’s fascination with a battered old box of letters and photographs from a pioneer family in Queensland leads to the discovery of a tale of industrial unrest in the mining communities of County Durham in the 1880s.” Hear all about Jane’s […]

Live on this week’s ArtyParti: Hear all about the Spectrum Cultural Hub – a fantastic network of artists who all share studio space at a converted office block in Seaham.  Strength in numbers – especially when there’s a fantastic view! Tomorrow, you are invited to visit Spectrum Cultural Hub for their end-of-year event & exhibition; […]

Live on this week’s ArtyParti: Dr. Alex Lockwood – Producer of the Shift and Signal Podcast Produced by the Senior Lecturer of Journalism at the University of Sunderland, the Shift and Signal podcast takes listeners on sound journeys around Newcastle & Gateshead, exploring what we can do locally to address global crises. You can join […]


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