ONE of Wearside’s most historic buildings is to hold an exhibition celebrating Sunderland’s heritage – and a call has gone out for artists to take part.

300-year-old Holy Trinity Church, in the East End, now the Seventeen Nineteen event space, is hosting the two-week long event, which begins on 27 May, as part of a wider Love Sunderland Heritage initiative.

And it is inviting artists working in everything from paint and photography to glass, ceramic and sculpture, to submit works they feel reflect, or are inspired by, the city’s rich history.

Renowned the world over for its shipbuilding, glassmaking and maritime heritage, Sunderland has also spawned culturally important figures, from the Venerable Bede to multi-award-winning journalist Kate Adie and, more recently, premiership footballer Jordan Henderson.

“And, whether artists are inspired by Sunderland’s industrial history or are passionate about football in the city, its people or something else entirely, we want to see how they express that through their chosen art form,” said Lily Daniels, Participation and Engagement Officer at Seventeen Nineteen.

“Many of the fascinating stories that make up history in the area are hard to illustrate, but creative responses can help people immerse themselves in history, even if the landmarks of those stories have been lost.”

The exhibition marks the beginning of a three year programme of community led activities, such as exhibitions, performances and workshops, at the venue.

It will be held over two weeks and those unable to visit the church can view the exhibition in digital form at 17nineteen.org.uk

To submit artwork to the exhibition, artists are invited to send a picture of the work they would like to exhibit, with their contact details, to 17nineteen@thecct.org.uk or call 0191 560 0288 for more details.