Community Engagement

Community Engagement

As part of our commitment to engage diverse communities in South Tyneside, The Customs House works in collaboration with different groups and projects to widen access to artistic and cultural experiences. Below you can find information about some of these collaborations. For more information and/or proposals, please contact [email protected]

Art with Parvin

Arts and crafts sessions for women’s wellbeing, facilitated by local Bangladeshi artist Parvin Abdur. In partnership with Sangini, a Black and minority ethnic (BME) led, multicultural women’s arts organisation based in South Shields. Sessions are running from January until April 2022.

To find out more about Sangini

Visit | Contact [email protected]

Creative Sessions with Bright Futures

We have collaborated on a variety of art sessions with Bright Futures, from feminist placard making to collage for wellbeing. Bright Futures Young Women’s Project works with young women aged 11-25 around a range of issues to raise their self esteem and confidence.

To find out more about Bright Futures

Visit their facebook page | Contact [email protected]

Collaboration with CREST

In collaboration with CREST, we jointly run a number of activities for a variety of groups. CREST, which stands for ‘Compact for Race Equality in South Tyneside’, aims to promote racial equality and to assist people from communities in South Tyneside

Men’s Chill & Chat – Photography & Creative Writing Sessions

Weekly art activities for men who access their services. After a consultation with participants, a photography and story-telling project will be running from January until May 2022. For more information, you can contact [email protected]

Boys Youth Group

We have run activities and outings for boys aged 10-15. To find out more, please contact [email protected]

Women’s Coffee Mornings

Weekly coffee mornings with women from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. To find out more, please contact [email protected]

To find out more about CREST


We would like to thank the Garfield Weston Fund and South Tyneside Covid Community Champions Fund for supporting our Community Engagement work.