Art Benches Project 2022
30 years a city

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Hiya everyone,

Let me tell you about a fab project I am working on for Sunderland BID that will be happening over the summer for families.

Sunderland BID have 12 large benches - scroll down for images- that have 2 panels on for artwork and they have asked me to arrange designs and painting workshops for families to be able to come along and paint them together. The benches will be placed all around Sunderland but will be painted in the city centre at a series of pop-up art room workshops.


Who is this project for?

Young people's groups, older people's groups who may want to come with family/grandchildren, school communities, community groups. basically, anyone that may want a great way to meet up (at a safe social distance) and be creative together during the holidays and it cost ZERO pennies too. Please feel free to share this information with any other Sunderland groups you think might be interested.

What do we need to do?

Share/print the design sheet and get some ideas flowing. Scroll down to download a PDF. Rather than the designs coming just from me, I would love some input from the families and groups that will be seeing and using the benches. You can email me photos of designs, (artbenches2021@hotmail.com) or if you are a school group / large group, email me to come and pick them up. Perfect arty afternoon activity or for a distance learning task for anyone who is isolating.

Then, you can book a free place at a workshop. Each ticket is for a family bubble of 4 people and the times are 10am,11am and 1pm on each day. There are 6 days to choose from. If you want to all stick to one day in your group, you will be working alongside each other and possibly working on a design that your groups helped to create! Even if nobody hands in designs you can still book a place in a workshop - I will need lots of help as there are 24 panels to be completed. Venues in the city centre for the painting workshops will be confirmed in emails closer to the time as they will be weather dependent. All materials will be included, even the aprons but please do remind people not to come along in their best or favourite outfit just in case of splashes / drips.


Booking will be live here soon!


I really hope you can get involved! Please do get in touch if you have any questions or if you would like me to reserve dates for your group. I can see garden themes, music themes, creative writing themes......the possibilities are endless!

Click the logo below to download a design sheet