Our Work in South Tyneside

Our Work in South Tyneside

The Customs House’s vision of Arts and Entertainment for All includes supporting our communities to take part in arts and culture. Projects for all ages take place in our gallery and rehearsal spaces, schools and around South Tyneside.

The Customs House provides has enriched and changed the lives of thousands in our communities through our programmes of work. The Learning and Participation team introduce people in South Tyneside to new artistic and cultural opportunities.

We work hard to support the development of artistic talent in South Tyneside and the surrounding area. We specialise in young people’s talent development, with this work described as “exemplary” by Arts Council England. We work closely with professional, emerging and beginner artists on our projects, both as facilitators and participants.

Our work:

Each year the Senior Youth Theatre take part in the National Theatre Connections Festival. The young people involved perform a new play at The Customs House and Northern Stage. The Junior Youth Theatre perform a specially commissioned play twice each year, once as part of The Takeover.

Our weekly filmmaking group creates a number of films each year and has had work showcased at a number of international festivals. The North East Young FIlmmakers Awards showcases the best young filmmaking talent from around our region in our packed auditorium during The Takeover.

The Customs House visual arts offer includes our contemporary art galleries, as well as workshops and projects. Mini Makers and Mega Makers help get families and young people involved during holiday times. Pizza and Pencils brings teenagers together every week to socialise and create art.

Our work with local communities is only possible thanks to regional and national partnerships. These partnerships include strategic work on the Arts Award with Culture Bridge North East; the Arts in Libraries programme at The Word for South Tyneside Council; and The Cultural Spring with Sunderland MAC Trust, University of Sunderland and Sangini.

Partners who have generously funded our work include: South Tyneside Council, Arts Council England, Port of Tyne, Youth Music, Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund; Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Scottish Power Foundation, The Hays Travel Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, The Rotary Club of Jarrow with Harton, Barbour Foundation and the Community Foundation.