Factory Night @ Holy Trinity Church and Old Town Hall, Sunderland

Factory Night @ Holy Trinity Church and Old Town Hall, Sunderland

Friday 11th July, 2008

The Holy Trinity Church built in 1719 is a unique building and was designed not only as the Parish Church but also housed the Township which included the library, law courts and council chamber. The Church retains many of its original Georgian features and is now only used for services twice a year.

The evening commences with a tour, led by author and local historian Robert Moon, of the Church and its surrounding East end area, including Trafalgar Square and the Old boys orphanage. Robert is the author of The Sundered – Land story of a seaport and its Township and will be on hand to answer any questions about the area and its links to the battle of Trafalgar.

rednile hope to bring together artists in the areas of North Tyneside and Sunderland, open up art and artists’ practices, whilst forging relationships with businesses and utilizing interesting spaces in each area.

The programme aims to build on rednile’s relationships with business that have developed since 2005 (from initiating projects such as re:gen and Space) and aim to bring new people each area and create interest in their regeneration strategy and redevelopment. Factory Nights is also a channel for creative people to become more visible and therefore increase the opportunities for more events and build a stronger cultural community that the local authority are aware of and can potentially work with. Each venue chosen to house a Factory Night, have the enthusiasm for future creative collaboration within their spaces and want to work with artists.

Factory Nights is the first programme of creative working sessions rednile have initiated (past projects have involved artists residencies, exhibitions and education programmes). Frustrated by the lack of studio space available and opportunities for artists to make work, rednile envisage that creative working sessions will bring together those who normally work at home or in isolation and provide a fuel to feed the creative fire!

rednile Projects Ltd. is creatively directed by 3 artists, Suzanne Hutton, Michael Branthwaite and Janine Goldsworthy. Over the past 4 years rednile have coordinated 8 major projects in the North East all in temporary venues giving over 30 opportunities to artists in the form of residencies in businesses, exhibitions, new commissions and temporary public art commissions. We have also supported artists by providing free studio space, opportunities for writers, mentoring and education for students and opportunities to be involved in projects in various roles. We have worked hard to secure funding for all our projects, both regional and elsewhere in the UK, to ensure all involved are paid for their time, work and talent. We aim to continue working in interesting temporary spaces, to collaborate creatively and provide opportunities to artists and businesses to help build strong cultural communities.