Creating Art Together
Teaching traditional craft skills to our community.
Developing positive mental health attitudes.
Restoring our own wellbeing.
Recycling and re-inventing textiles .
New Weaving Course!
Learn to weave in a welcoming, supportive class with all of the resources supplied.
We have 2 new courses starting after Easter for our 10-week Beginner Environmental Textiles course.
Both of these courses are funded by Sunderland City Council, Learning & Skills so eligibility criteria does apply.
- Venue 1 – Sunderland Town Centre Wednesdays 2-4:30pm starting 4th May 2022
- Venue 2 – Concord, Washington Mondays 10-12:30pm starting 9th May 2022
Please get in touch if you are interested.
Community interest company
Who We Are?
Formed in 2019, we are a group of three artists all passionate about art and craft and the the difference it can make to support positive health and wellbeing.
Our classes and workshops are friendly and either free or subsidised. They are open to all, whatever your age or ability.
Please see details of our next courses here.
Got A Question?
Please get in touch if you would like any information regarding our courses…or have a question not answered on this site.
Course Resources Online
Many of our course details, resources, instructions and examples will be available online, here on this website.
Overview of the courses
We hope you sign up for one of our courses. We will support you whilst you learn a new skill. You will use your own creativity to design and produces something you will be proud of…and along the way, we will have some fun and get to know each other better.
Understanding & Skills
Each of our courses is aimed at complete beginners or those who have some experience and have maybe tackled a similar project before. Do not think you need to be an expert or have any particular knowledge. We will guide you every step of the way. Read the comments of some of our previous learners by clicking here.
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You can send us a message, ask any questions or simply let us know you are interested in one of our courses. Simply click here and complete the online form.
Courses you can Choose from
We offer a number of courses. Full details are available by clicking here. Until you are enrolled you may not be able to see the full details of each course. Simply let us know if you want to know more or would like to sign up.
Want some advice?
Simply contact us by clicking here and we will get back in touch as soon as possible. If you are unsure or have any questions we are happy to advise you.
Find out all about Cultural Creatives CIC and us, the people who make it happen by clicking here.
Creating Art Together!
Testimonials - What Our Learners Say
Having done a couple of courses with the lovely ladies of Cultural Creatives I can't recommend them highly enough.
The environment felt friendly, safe and inclusive, shyness and nerves were very soon forgotten, you were encouraged to use your own creativity whilst also having enough support examples and group discussions for those less confident in their own ideas so that everybody achieved something to be proud of, the materials provided were lovely and diverse so that everyone had choices and everything we made was unique.
The whole experience each time was a huge confidence boost, which left you keen to keep trying new things and it was so lovely to make new friends so that I didn't feel so isolated. I feel that doing the courses has been of so much benefit to my wellbeing.
A totally positive experience which has encouraged me to be a bit more confident my day-to-day life.
Heather G. S.
I would recommend the team, as they are fantastic teachers. All are encouraging, supportive and fun to be with. I did a Batik class for the first time. Was fantastic how to draw picture, apply wax, paint and try other types of the dye.
I painted a herd of elephants and made it into a cushion. Very happy with the end product. On 5th Aug, 2020 I made my Batik painting into a cushion
Michelle supplied beautiful backing of elephants and helped me cut it out and pin back and front together. I have not used a sewing machine for 40yrs and was a bit nervous but found with encouragement it was no problem and hadn't forgotten
Thanks everyone and look forward to more classes.
Our Mission, Vision & Values
Cultural Creatives Community Interest Company aims to teach traditional craft skills to our local communities, providing essential skills to transform the way we look at contemporary consumerism. We teach participants how to mend, recycle and re-invent textiles into functional or decorative items. Participants will learn about different fabrics and dyeing techniques. They will learn and apply hand-printing techniques, develop simple sewing skills and take on patchwork from scraps with repeated geometric designs, or make a small piece using traditional rug techniques.
We are a team dedicated to teaching traditional craft skills whilst raising awareness of mental health conditions and the environmental impact of textile consumerism. Our emphasis is on creating personal, quality items, mending and remaking old into new. We embrace new technologies whilst providing opportunities to learn from our craft heritage. Environmental impact of the textile industry is a global problem very much present in the media today. Cultural Creatives CIC will work with the local community to look at ways we can reduce textile waste whilst also restoring our own wellbeing through partaking in affordable craft activities.
Our sessions encourage sharing of skills, developing pairs or small groups working to nurture and support aesthetic creativity and practical achievement across the group. We encourage intergenerational sharing, to overcome stereotyping and highlight the positive relationships, increased understanding and respect that can develop between generations. This can support positive mental health by helping individuals view society in a positive and appreciative way.
Through the process of creative recycling we draw parallels with life lessons and the importance of rebuilding, learning and mending to help develop positive mental health attitudes create opportunities for social interaction and provide support through sign posting to specialist services.
Our staff are highly experienced and very knowledgeable in their chosen areas, differentiating to suit participant needs. We will also stretch and challenge each participant to reach his or her full potential.
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A huge thank you to our funders.