Holy Trinity, Sunderland

Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Holy Trinity was Sunderland's first parish church and played a major part in the development of the town, housing the Town Hall and Magistrate's Court, Sunderland's first public library and even the town's fire engine. A combination of wartime bombing and well-meaning planners have left it one of few surviving buildings of Old Sunderland, and cut off from the city centre by a busy road. Today the church is located in one of the most deprived wards in England and with a significant conservation need the Trust has worked towards a sustainable use for Holy Trinity that will also crucially support local people.

The Canny Space project will reconnect the city with its past by transforming Holy Trinity into a cultural and community venue that brings the heritage of the church and Old Sunderland to life. Through our work with a diverse group of partners that include the local authority, The Cultural Spring and Time & Tide events we are creating a space that will contribute to the city's vibrant arts and culture sector and importantly provide a space to support the local community.

We are delighted to have received support for the project from Heritage Lottery Fund and many funders including  Allchurches Trust, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Sir James Knott Trust and Sunderland City Council as well as many generous individual donors. Just £45,000 is left to raise to make the project a reality.

We have an exciting opportunity for creatives to bring the story of Old Sunderland alive through the following small commissions;

  1. Church mouse trail

This is a very small commission, based around the character of George of the Church mouse. We are planning a family based trail around the church exploring the stories of Holy Trinity and Old Sunderland through a collection of ten specially commissioned church mice sculptures. The mice will be made out of different materials which reflect the past and present industries of Sunderland.

  1. New use furniture

We are looking to work with a creative to design and deliver 3 exciting new interpretive pieces as part of this interpretation plan;

Storytelling Tables

Activity Foot warmers

Storytelling Garden benches and planters

Any queries please contact alex.henry@curiositycreative.org.uk

Furniture brief Mouse brief, heavy industry glass Mouse brief, new industry glass Mouse brief, pottery Mouse brief, rope