“I love ArtyParti.  It’s a fantastic resource for the city and a great way for listeners to become more informed about what is happening in the cultural sector.  Long may it continue.” – Helen Green, Head of Performance for Sunderland Culture.

ArtyParti is a weekly live radio programme on Sunderland’s community radio station Spark, providing artists & creatives a platform to promote their projects & passions – and discuss issues that are important within Sunderland and the wider region.

“ArtyParti is vital for the area as it represents the arts in a vibrant and fun way, while retaining integrity and respect for the arts.  With its friendly and knowledgable host ArtyParti is the standard radio shows should aspire to.” – Andrew Hunter, Graphic Artist.

We recently celebrated ArtyParti’s third birthday – 142 episodes of conversations about participatory arts in the North East.  We held a party / “as-live” radio show in the city centre’s redeveloped Fire Station venue, where it was fantastic to see many of ArtyParti’s audience collected under one roof.

A key strength of ArtyParti is our development of continued relationships with arts & cultural organisations in the North East; not just featuring them and promoting their projects, but actively collaborating through ongoing projects.

“ArtyParti has gone from strength to strength since its first broadcast. It’s a fantastic way for artists to open up a dialogue with a wider audience.” – Jo Howell, Photographic Artist.

Over the past year, we’ve featured larger organisations such as Sunderland Culture, Dance City, Churches Conservation Trust, Apples and Snakes, Sunderland Creative Writing Festival, Cultural Spring, Enterprise Place and Thought Foundation…  And smaller, emerging & grass-roots organisations such as Putting Southwick on the Map, Solo Arts CIC, Wabbi Sabbi Poetry, Cranked Anvil and Broken Mask Theatre.  The show thrives on creating & maintaining these partnerships.

With ambitions to begin creating an annual printed anthology of work from artists who’ve been featured on ArtyParti, and begin podcasting our episodes, we recently launched a Patreon – you can help support our show & its growth.

“We desperately need platforms to promote all the local talent, so long may Jay and his fabulous team thrive and flourish.” – Dolores Porretta-Brown, Director of Hands On North East CIC.