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Media Savvy launching their sophomore annual exhibition

Originating in Sunderland and established in 2010 Media Savvy’s  mission is to promote employability, education and creativity through the medium of digital arts and media.

Over our short history, we have celebrated success in various business awards, including being selected as one of the final 8 UK businesses in the inaugural Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards after being named Best Start-up business in the North East and Yorkshire from over 200 short-listed.

We deliver accredited workshops to marginalised and hard to reach groups, including offenders, those with mental ill health, refugees and young people excluded from mainstream education.

2SHINE! celebrates the creative work produced by our learners for a second consecutive year,  showcasing the fantastic digital arts and media projects completed over the 2014-15 academic period.

Media Savvy’s Lead Creative Tutor and exhibition organiser, Lisa Miller, stated:

”Last year’s SHINE! exhibition was a massive success.”

”We witnessed the benefits not only of gaining skills, but also to the whole learner. Confidence grew greatly by reinforcing their achievements, so much so some even spoke at the event, describing their journey.”

”Hearing these stories was so inspirational, it became even more important to continue as planned in our efforts to provide the exhibitions annually. So with thanks to this years learners, support from the University of Sunderland and Sunderland FACL we are launching 2SHINE! to celebrate again.”

The event will be held at the Design Centre Gallery in Sunderland on Friday 18th September, 7.00pm -9.00pm and run through to noon Friday 25 September. Additional presentations will be made on Tuesday 22nd September, 10am-12.30pm.

In order to top last year’s SHINE! exhibition we are currently looking for sponsors to help us create the ultimate experience for both our learners and guests of the event.

More information regarding the sponsorship packages available below:

Sponsorship Flyer Friday deadline

Quotes from last year’s SHINE! supporters: 


” Brilliant idea! Life-Changing achievements! Wonderful, absorbing exhibition. Many Congratulations!

Graeme Thompson, Dean (Arts, Design and Media Faculty, Sunderland University)


”It was fantastic to see the exceptionally high standard of the creative work of those involved with Media Savvy. The outcomes of the programmes include increased confidence, motivation and self esteem as well as improved technical and creative ability. Gentoo will continue to connect tenants to the Media Savvy programmes where appropriate due to the real positive difference it makes to their lives.”

Michelle Meldrum, Managing Director (Gentoo Operations)


”What a fabulous exhibition – it’s great to see all the learners’ achievements in one place! Amazing!”

Carolyn Bowes, Development Officer for Widening Participation (FACL)


 ”Inspirational show which demonstrates investing in people is always worth it. Well Done!”

Louise Morritt, CEO (ONE Awards)


”Excellent work, fabulous to see all this come together. Very pleased of Media Savvy – Well Done!

Vince Robson, Previous Business Development Manager (University of Sunderland)


”Amazing exhibition showing excellent, imaginative and creative work! Well done to all the creators, and also the Media Savvy team! Life changing – you must do this again!”

Jean Sinclair, Quality Reviewer (ONE Awards)


”It is so amazing when you see the types of work that is being produced. I was astounded by how quickly they learnt the systems and how quickly the creativity came out and how they put their heart and souls into it.”

Keith Stafford, Team Manager (Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company)


”I am really proud of the work we’ve been doing. We are all meant to shine like children do.”

Graham Smith, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist (NTW NHS)