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Shining a light to find past artists

SUNDERLAND Culture is looking for artists who’ve had their work featured in past Youth Arts Exhibitions hosted at Arts Centre Washington (ACW) to take part in a new exhibition.

Bright Lights: Remixed is being planned at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens – and artists who have had their work displayed in previous Youth Arts Exhibitions are invited to submit old or new work.

The exhibition is being curated by Celebrate Different Collective, a group of young people aged 13-25 from across Sunderland who co-produce and run their own cultural events, work with artists and learn new practical skills, supported by Sunderland Culture.

The group has already started the process of shortlisting for Bright Lights: Remixed, and organisers are hoping to hear from artists who have featured in past Bright Lights exhibitions at ACW.

Matt Blyth, Audience Development Officer, at ACW, explained:  “The Youth Arts Exhibition has been a staple at our venue for about 25 years and has been under the Bright Lights brand for about five years.

“Over the years we’ve had some fantastic submissions from young people from across Wearside, and we’ve enjoyed giving them the platform their artwork deserves.

“The Bright Lights: Remixed exhibition is a perfect opportunity to showcase the very best talent in the city. We have some of the artwork exhibited over the years, but we’d love to hear from artists who’ve featured in the Youth Art Exhibition in the past and who’ve kept the artwork they exhibited.

“We’d love to hear about their journeys as artists and perhaps feature any new work in Bright Lights: Remixed. It could be young people we’ve featured in the past have gone on to college or university to do art, or have even carved careers as artists.

“Artists from our past should visit www.sunderlandmuseum.org.uk and submit their details on our Bright Lights Remixed online form. The final date for submissions is Friday 22 July’’.

Bright Lights Remixed will be in the Special Exhibitions Gallery at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from September 17 to October 29 2022.

This year’s Bright Lights: Youth Arts Festival was bigger and better than ever, featuring a full week of special events at ACW.

For more information on Bright Lights: Remixed, go to http://www.sunderlandmuseum.org.uk.