National Glass Centre

National Glass Centre
Liberty Way
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR6 0GL
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.nationalglasscentre.com

E-mail

info@nationalglasscentre.com

Telephone

General Enquiries

0191 515 5555 (Option 9)

Brasserie

0191 515 5555 (Option 1)

Fax

General Enquiries

0191 515 5556

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National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland is a cultural attraction and venue with a difference. With glass at the heart of everything they do, they celebrate Sunderland’s glass making heritage and explore the creative potential of this extraordinary material.
Discover the origins, growth and legacy of glass making in Sunderland with their permanent exhibition, Stories of Glass in Sunderland. Using compelling personal stories from local people and striking audio visual display, this interactive exhibition traces the history of glass making in the City from the 7th Century to the present day.
National Glass Centre’s newly renovated gallery spaces host their international exhibitions programme, which presents the work of leading contemporary artists in glass and ceramics.
If you are looking for an unusual creative experience you’ll love their One-to-One Glass Blowing Experiences and their range of glass making, jewellery and craft classes. They also run a variety of fun, hands on workshops for children and young people.
Their popular, free glass blowing demonstrations run throughout the day and families can explore their exhibition spaces with themed tours and treasure hunts and play on their iconic glass roof.
For a bite to eat with a view, try National Glass Centre Brasserie, which serves delicious, locally sourced meals by the riverside.
Complete your visit with a browse in their Shop and choose the perfect souvenir for your day out from their selection of beautiful glass and ceramic artworks and jewellery, hand-crafted by local artists.

Venue Type:

Artist studio or collective, Gallery

Opening hours

Open Daily: 10.00 - 17.00

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Admission charges

Admission: FREE

Getting there

National Glass Centre is situated on the North Banks of the River Wear near University of Sunderland's St Peter's Campus.

Driving

Follow the Brown Roadsigns from Sunderland City Centre or south, from Newcastle Road or type SR6 0GL into your sat nav.

Cycling

National Glass Centre is part of the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route from Cumbria to Sunderland.

By Train or Metro

Regular Metros and Trains operate between Sunderland and Newcastle. There is a direct rail link to Sunderland from Middlesbrough every hour.

National Glass Centre is a seven minute walk from St Peter’s Metro Station. Journey time from Newcastle to St Peter's Station is 25 minutes.

By Bus

The E1 takes you from Sunderland City Centre to Roker Avenue which is only a few hundred metres distance from the main entrance.

The 700 Sunderland Connect bus is also available to take from park Lane Campus and City Campus.

By Air

Newcastle Airport, Teesside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport are all about 45 minutes from Sunderland.

By Taxi

Station Taxis provide accessible taxis and can be contacted on 0191 555 5555.

Both temporary and permanent exhibitions demonstrating the very best in art and design in glass.

Collection details

Design, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Glassmaking history, technology and design
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image of His Masters Voice

North Lands Creative Glass

  • 15 September 2014 — 30 August 2015 *on now

Curated in association with James Maskrey
15 September 2014 – 30 August 2015

North Lands Creative Glass was established in Lybster, Caithness on the North East coast of Scotland almost twenty years ago and has come to be known as a centre of excellence for artists working in glass. As well as hosting an annual conference, North Lands Creative Glass offers a series of master classes led by artists of international standing who regularly donate an example of their work to the organisation’s collection. A selection of works from this collection will be shown at National Glass Centre until the end of August 2015.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=410

Image Credit: Personal photograph of project participant, Arthur Hattfield

Re:collections Digital Storytelling Exhibition

  • 23 January — 19 April 2015 *on now

Digital Storytelling is a community engagement technique which teaches participants to create short audiovisuals to tell a personal story. Re:collections will showcase fifteen digital stories made by a multi-generational group brought together through their personal connections to glass. The exhibition will also include a series of glass screen-prints inspired by the story collection and made by students at Bishop Barrington School with artist Megan Randall.

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=453

Kate Hawkins CommonRoom (2014)

The Decorator and the Thief (...)

  • 30 January — 17 May 2015 *on now

In collaboration with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art we present an off-site exhibition at the Priestman Gallery, University of Sunderland.

The exhibition extends the thematic concerns of the NGCA exhibition The Decorator and the Thief (...) with a series of newly commissioned works. Using artist-designed wallpaper, sculpture, fabric, writing and film, the artists have been invited to explore the promiscuity between art, design and craft.

Where

Priestman Gallery
University of Sunderland

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=452

Shop Showcase Shelley R  Gleision Saith

Shop Showcase Ruth Shelley and William Pryde

  • 12 March — 21 April 2015 *on now

Taking her cue from her love of travelling, Ruth Shelley’s inspiration derives from her observation of colour, balance and tone of nature. Her gravity dropped vessels create an interplay of light, form and colour that is evocative of the natural world which surrounds us.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=507

Inge Paneels, Caelo

Inge Paneels: The Map-I Blue Marble Project Artist Talk

  • 28 March — 30 April 2015 *on now

Inge discusses the work featured in her exhibition and the processes involved in creating it.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Inge Paneels, Caelo

Long Gallery Inge Panneels The Map-i: Blue Marble Project

  • 28 March — 5 July 2015 *on now

The Map-i: Blue Marble project is a series of new glass works by artist and academic Inge Panneels, inspired by aerial photography and maps and explores the relationship between the 2D map and the 3D globe.The title references the iconic image of the Earth taken from Space by the Apollo 17 spacecraft in 1972. The image defined the 21st century and changed the knowledge of our planet. The Map-i project was established as a framework within which a series of projects could be developed as part of a long-term holistic investigation into notions of place and space. The Map-i: Blue Marble project is developed from the Map-i: Mercator Revisited exhibition at the Mercator Museum in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium in 2013.
Participatory events for this project are open to the public and will take place on 10 April, 1 May and 4 June with a presentation on 3 July. For further details visit our website.
Free Artist Talks: 28 March and 30 April.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=497&to=2015-05-20%2017:00:00&from=2015-05-20%2010:00:00

Rhian Haf, Captured Moments

Long Gallery Rhian Haf Light Perceptions

  • 28 March — 4 October 2015 *on now

The primary elements and focus of my practice consists of capturing light and shadow. It is a subject of creative imagination where my artistic process involves translating and developing personal observations of silent, transient moments; the play of light and shadow within architectural spaces or a reflection projected on to a pane of glass.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=496

Baby Hammer Emma Wofenden

An Exploration of Current Work by British Artists Working with Glass

  • 28 March — 4 October 2015 *on now

This exhibition presents work by six of this country’s leading artists who create art-work using glass. Creativity, craftsmanship, expression and experimentation have always been fundamental qualities embraced by artists working in glass, but the way they are used has changed significantly over the last twenty years. Here, the traditional beautiful object on a plinth has given way to works that may use glass as part of a process working towards a finished piece that does not include the physical object. Illuminated glass may sound traditional but it takes on new meaning when used to express contemporary themes and light, transience and motion are themes linked to glass that when captured by the artist become beautifully mesmerising.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=495

Inge Paneels, Caelo

Inge Panneels: The Magic Earth - Artist Participatory Events

  • 1 May 2015 From 2pm
  • 4 June 2015 From 2pm

Whomever wears The Magic Ring bestows power with which to change the world; what would you do with your thirty seconds of world power?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=497&to=2015-04-07%2017:00:00&from=2015-04-07%2010:00:00

Muff Blowing Demonstrations

Muff Blowing Demonstrations

  • 3 May 2015 12-3pm

We demonstrate the traditional techniques, used by Sunderland based glass factory Hartley Woods, to hand blow glass cylinders or ‘muffs’ to create sheet glass.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=446

Scott Benefield

Scott Benefield Public Demonstrations

  • 30 — 31 May 2015 12-3pm

Scott Benefield has been a prominent exponent of cane working traditions for the past 18 years, exhibiting his work in the US, Europe and Japan and teaching master-classes on cane work at art schools and craft programs around the world. His work is informed by a close study of the history of Renaissance glassmaking, but leverages that understanding in order to create new patterns and applications rather than simply replicate historical models.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=499&to=2015-05-30%2015:00:00&from=2015-05-30%2012:00:00

Work by Louis Thompson 2 Archive DNA System Allel

Louis Thompson Public Demonstrations

  • 13 — 14 June 2015 12-3pm

Louis Thompson is a leading figure in cutting edge design and creativity in hot glass. Working to a strong visual aesthetic, he his work combines elegance with simplicity and making with quality. For these demonstrations, Thompson will showcase his innovative and contemporary approach to glass.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Degree Show 1 Tom Kinally I cannot dance. So We Shall dance

Made: Glass and Ceramics Degree Show

  • 13 — 18 June 2015

View work by the country’s most talented up and coming glass and ceramics artists at Made, the University of Sunderland’s Glass and Ceramics Degree show.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=498&to=2015-06-16%2017:00:00&from=2015-06-16%2010:00:00

Inge Paneels, Caelo

Inge Panneels: Magic Ring: Presentation

  • 3 July 2015 From 2pm

Presentation of research project and digital map of the Magic Earth event

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=497&to=2015-04-07%2017:00:00&from=2015-04-07%2010:00:00

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Family Activities Glass Painting

Glass Painting

  • 13 April — 13 May 2015 *on now

Paint an Easter themed glass tile.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£3pp

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=192&to=2015-04-13%2015:00:00&from=2015-04-13%2010:30:00

Adult Course Workshop stained glass

Introducing....Stained Glass

  • 17 May 2015 1-5pm
  • 13 June 2015 1-5pm
  • 4 July 2015 1-5pm

7th Century saint Benedict Biscop brought artisans from Europe to create Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Priory. They made the first stained glass window in England and installed it in St Peters Church , a stone's throw from the National Glass Centre. Learn the ancient skills of how to cut glass, lead the cut glass and solder lead joints to create a beautiful small stained glass panel of your own. This course is aimed at beginners. Artist: Gillian McGinley

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£60

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/introducing-stained-glass#starthere

Flameworked Jewellery

Make your own...Flameworked Glass Jewellery

  • 18 April 2015 10am-4pm *on now
  • 16 May 2015 10am-4pm
  • 20 June 2015 10am-4pm
  • 4 July 2015 10am-4pm

Create your own individual glass jewellery using flame-working techniques. This class will focus on techniques to make components for jewellery using borosilicate glass both coloured and clear. We will use a variety of surface designs and encasing techniques as well as colour layering to create pieces that truly shine. Artist: Zoe Garner.
We recommend that participants have some previous experience of flameworking or that they have taken part in our Introducing...Ignite! Flameworking course.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£50

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/make-your-own-flameworked-glass-jewellery

Adult Course Flameworked Marbles

Make your own...Flameworked Marbles

  • 19 April 2015 10am-4pm
  • 17 May 2015 10am-4pm
  • 7 June 2015 10am-4pm
  • 5 July 2015 10am-4pm

Combine clear and coloured glass to form traditional marbles using specialist tools and flame-working techniques. Artist: Zoe Garner

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£50

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/make-your-own-flameworked-marbles#starthere

Adult Course Sue Woodhouse Artistic Fused Glass square

Artistic Fused Glass

  • 20 April — 18 May 2015
  • 15 June — 13 July 2015

Over the five weeks this course you will be instructed in the technical aspects of glass fusing that will allow you to explore your own aesthetic ideas in a supportive and professional environment. Starting with glass cutting techniques, you will then be introduced to tech fusing, full fusing, basic decal application alongside the introduction to annealing schedules. The work will be fired in between the classes and by the end of the course you should have a series of exciting and individual glass pieces to keep. Artist: Sue Woolhouse
It is recommended that participants have some basic experience of fusing glass or have attended our Introducing...Fused Glass course
Duration: 5 x 3hrs

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£125

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/artistic-fused-glass

Flameworking Club

Flameworking Club

  • 21 April — 19 May 2015

If you have some experience of flameworking and would like the opportunity to experiment over several weeks using our torches, tools and materials then this is the course for you. There is no set agenda, but you will be helped by our experienced flameworking artist Zoe Garner to learn new techniques and bring your ideas to life.
Duration: 5 x 3hrs

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£150

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/flameworking-club#starthere

Adult Course Workshop Stained Glass Weekend

Stained Glass Weekend

  • 25 — 26 April 2015 10am-4pm
  • 23 — 24 May 2015 10am-4pm

Indulge yourself in a weekend learning all about Stained Glass art. Our professional artist will teach you more advanced techniques to enable you to create beautiful pieces of Stained Glass to take away. All materials, tools and equipment are provided. Particpants must have some prior experience or have taken part in the Introducing Stained Glass workshop. Artist: Gill McGinley
Duration: 6 hrs per day

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£100

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/stained-glass-weekend

Adult Course Ignite flameworking

Introducing....Ignite Flameworking

  • 2 May 2015 From 10am
  • 30 May 2015 From 10am
  • 6 June 2015 From 10am
  • 18 July 2015 From 10am

This course will explore a range of flame-working techniques using borosilicate glass. Students will work with solid glass rods to make pendants, marbles, and miniature sculptural forms to take home. Artist: Zoe Garner

Duration: 6hrs

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£50

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/introducing-ignite-flameworking#starthere

Adult Course Flameworked Beads

Make your own...Flameworked Beads

  • 3 May 2015 1-4pm
  • 31 May 2015 1-4pm
  • 21 June 2015 1-4pm
  • 19 July 2015 1-4pm

Use our fantastic facilities, tools and materials to create your own glass beads in the flame. Artist: Zoe Garner
Duration: 3hrs

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£40

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/make-your-own-flameworked-beads#starthere

Inge Paneels, Caelo

Create Your Own Glass Map with Inge Paneels

  • 9 May 2015 10am-4pm
  • 6 June 2015 10am-4pm

These workshops are part of the Bring the Happy, an arts project with Cultural Spring and Invisible Flock which will map happiness across Wearside and South Tyneside.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£15

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=497&to=2015-04-07%2017:00:00&from=2015-04-07%2010:00:00

80s cocktail night

80’s Cocktail Night

  • 16 May 2015 7-11:45pm

Enjoy cocktail making demonstrations and step back in time to party to all your guilty pleasure 80s disco classics. Fancy dress optional - pass the legwarmers!

Drink along to 80s Tom Cruise classic Cocktail, enjoy a cocktail demonstration in association with Revolution Bar and watch our expert glass makers shape cocktail glasses in our Hot Glass Studio, followed by an 80s disco!

For £20 enjoy a welcome cocktail, burger and chips and all of the entertainment above.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£20pp

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/80-s-cocktail-night

Father's Day Lunch

  • 21 June 2015 12-2:30pm

All Dads receive a free bottle of our exclusive, glassmaker’s ale; Prince Rupert’s Drop!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Three courses £18.95

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=305

Getting there

National Glass Centre is situated on the North Banks of the River Wear near University of Sunderland's St Peter's Campus.

Driving

Follow the Brown Roadsigns from Sunderland City Centre or south, from Newcastle Road or type SR6 0GL into your sat nav.

Cycling

National Glass Centre is part of the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route from Cumbria to Sunderland.

By Train or Metro

Regular Metros and Trains operate between Sunderland and Newcastle. There is a direct rail link to Sunderland from Middlesbrough every hour.

National Glass Centre is a seven minute walk from St Peter’s Metro Station. Journey time from Newcastle to St Peter's Station is 25 minutes.

By Bus

The E1 takes you from Sunderland City Centre to Roker Avenue which is only a few hundred metres distance from the main entrance.

The 700 Sunderland Connect bus is also available to take from park Lane Campus and City Campus.

By Air

Newcastle Airport, Teesside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport are all about 45 minutes from Sunderland.

By Taxi

Station Taxis provide accessible taxis and can be contacted on 0191 555 5555.

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