Artworks inspired by the history and secrets of one of Sunderland’s oldest buildings will go on show to the public next week. On Thursday, 30 June, the Seventeen Nineteen cultural, heritage and events space, within the former Holy Trinity Parish Church in the city’s east end, will unveil its Hidden Stories.
And, along with viewing everything from arts and crafts to time capsules, visitors will be able to listen to audio dramas and live music, all reflecting the 18th century building’s rich history.
A collaborative and creative project
Over the past three months, nine local community groups and schools visited Seventeen Nineteen and met regularly with local artists and musicians to delve into the rich heritage of Old Sunderland.
Participants uncovered hidden stories and worked collaboratively with the artists and musicians to create musical, audio and visual artistic responses to what they found.
Sunderland Youth Orchestra, a group of young people, their carers and guardians, who make music together, looked at the church’s bells and made an accompanying video, Sunderland MIND youth drama group created an audio drama, while students at Barbara Priestman Academy created a piece of music inspired by an old, locked chest in the vestry.
Creative Age artists made buttons inspired by a Russian military button found in the church during its recent multi-million pound renovation and a football ship is also on display, made by Valley Road students inspired by Sunderland’s maritime history.
Time capsules, story boxes and flowers at Seventeen Nineteen
Pupils from Grangetown Primary School put together time capsules, while Sunderland College Digital Media students have compiled story boxes, which will also be on display to visitors, along with a flower show from Sunderland Floral Art Club and Herrington Flower Club.
Centre Manager, Tracey Mienie said:
“The exhibition is going to take over the whole church.
“There will be something to find and see in every room, with creative guides on hand to give more information. We’ll have a silent disco to share the music made and a number of interesting objects for visitors to handle.”
The free event will take place between 3.30pm and 7pm and is a partnership between Sunderland Music Hub, Seventeen Nineteen, MishMash Productions and communities across Sunderland and the East End.
You can find out more here.