National Glass Centre

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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.
Glasmuseet Ebeltoft Exhibition

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft

  • 17 September 2016 — 21 June 2017 *on now

The Glass Museum and its collection of over 1500 objects is a major feature of the town. Artists from countries across the world have donated work to the collection which presents the finest examples of art created in glass. The Museum has kindly loaned a selection of works from its collection for display at National Glass Centre. The exhibition will include a number of works by Finn Lynggaard, one of the Studio Glass pioneers in Denmark and founder of Glasmuseet Ebeltoft.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=740&to=2017-08-31%20&from=2016-09-17

NGC Collection Exhibition

National Glass Centre Collection

  • 28 January — 2 April 2017 *on now

This exhibition presents a small selection of the works we hold.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=767&to=2017-04-02&from=2017-01-28

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.
Glass Painted Easter Chick Workshop

Glass Painted Easter Chick

  • 8 April 2017 10am-4pm
  • 14 April 2017 10:30am-4pm
  • 17 April 2017 10:30am-4pm

Saturday 8 April / 10.00 – 12.00 / 13.00 – 16.00 or Friday 14 April and Monday 17 April / 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 3+ / £4 / Drop-in

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=751&to=2017-04-14%2012:00:00&from=2017-04-14%2010:00:00

Easter Sandcast Workshop

Easter Sandcast

  • 10 April 2017 9:30-11:30am
  • 13 April 2017 9:30-11:30am
  • 15 April 2017 9:30-11:30am
  • 17 April 2017 9:30-11:30am
  • 20 April 2017 9:30-11:30am
  • 22 April 2017 9:30-11:30am

Add your own colour and decoration to make your design unique. Watch as your design is transformed by our studio team who will pour molten glass into your mould to produce your own individual Easter egg or bird.
Monday 10 / Thursday 13 / Saturday 15 / Monday 17 / Thursday 20 and Saturday 22 April / 9.30 – 10.30 / 10.30 – 11.30 / £15 each / Min age 6 (all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult) / Max 10 people per hour
Please note - Sandcast objects have a texture/sandy surface on the reverse side and may contain bubbles.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£15

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=761&to=2017-04-10%2010:30:00&from=2017-04-10%2009:30:00

Fused Glass Bird Workshop

Fused Glass Easter Chick

  • 10 April 2017 2-4:30pm
  • 13 April 2017 2-4:30pm
  • 17 April 2017 2-4:30pm
  • 20 April 2017 2-4:30pm

Monday 10* / Thursday 13 / Monday 17 and Thursday 20 April / Sessions at 14.00 and 15.30 / Age 6+ / £10 / Booking Essential

*Monday 10 April 14.00 is specifically designated as a quiet session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=752&to=2017-04-10%2015:00:00&from=2017-04-10%2014:00:00

Mirror Portraits Workshop

Mirror Portraits

  • 11 April 2017 10:30am-4pm

Tuesday 11 April / 10.30-16.00 / Age 6+ / £5 / Drop-in

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=753&to=2017-04-11%2016:00:00&from=2017-04-11%2010:30:00

Weather Mobiles Workshop

Weather Mobiles

  • 12 April 2017 9:30am-4pm

Wednesday 12 April / 9.30 – 10.30* / 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 3+ / £3 / Drop-in
*9.30 early start quiet session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=754&to=2017-04-12%2010:30:00&from=2017-04-12%2009:30:00

Easter Lunch Event

Easter Sunday Lunch

  • 16 April 2017

All children receive a chocolate gift.
One course £9.95 / Two courses £14.95 / Three courses £18.95
Booking essential. To book please call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

One course £9.95 / Two courses £14.95 / Three courses £18.95

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=482&to=2017-04-16%2017:00:00&from=2017-04-16%2010:00:00

Clay Jewellery Workshop

Clay Jewellery, Badges and Magnets

  • 18 April 2017 9:30am-4pm

Use air-drying clay to sculpt shapes and press beads and jewels into the surface to create beautifully adorned pieces. Choose from a pendant, badge or magnet backing.
Tuesday 18 April / 9.30 – 10.30* / 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 5+ / £3 / Drop-in
*9.30 early start quiet session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=755&to=2017-04-18%2010:30:00&from=2017-04-18%2009:30:00

Glass Photo Frame Workshop

Collage a Glass Photo Frame

  • 19 April 2017 10:30am-12pm, 2-3:30pm

Wednesday 19 April / Sessions 10.30 – 12.00 or 14.00 - 15.30 / Age 4+ / Booking Essential / £10

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=747&to=2017-04-19%2012:00:00&from=2017-04-19%2010:30:00

Glass Jewellery, Badges & Magnets Workshop

Glass Jewellery, Badges and Magnets

  • 20 April 2017 2-4:30pm

Thursday 20 April / Sessions 14.00 and 15.30 / Age 8+ / £8 / Booking Essential

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£8

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/glass-jewellery-badges-and-magnets

Masquerade Masks Workshop

Masquerade Masks

  • 21 April 2017 10:30am-4pm

Friday 21 April / 10.30 - 16.00 / Age 4+ / £3 / Drop-in

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=757&to=2017-04-21%2016:00:00&from=2017-04-21%2010:30:00

Casting Introduction Course

Introduction to Casting with Effie Burns

  • 24 — 28 July 2017

July 24 - 28 July / 10.00 – 16.00 / £595 – light lunch included each day in our eatery The Glass Yard

This week long course suitable for beginners will show you how to create a range of beautiful cast glass pieces. You will be supported to make work that is important to you, whether your inspiration comes from the land or the sea or your family history.

The course will cover using clay and wax to create form and texture, an introduction to mould making and cold working. You will learn how to make small intricate cast glass pieces, how to make and fire an open cast mould and how to do lost wax casting. The final day of the course will introduce you to the technique of pâte de verre.

An ideal opportunity to experiment, learn new things and enjoy the making process.

Artist: Effie Burns

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£595

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/introducing-casting

Bend Me Shape Me Masterclass

Bend Me Shape Me with Zoe Garner

  • 31 July — 4 August 2017

July 31 – August 4 / 10.00 – 16.00 / £695 – light lunch included each day in our eatery The Glass Yard

Drawing concepts, ideas and designs from the beautiful local environment this skills based class over five days will explore the possibilities and potential of flameworked Borosilicate glass in Contemporary Art.

Using Clear borosilicate Glass (PYREX) solid glass rods will be transformed in to sculptural components and glass tube will be blown to be connected in the flame to form larger scale installations. Through a combination of demonstrations and free practice time, starting from basics we will build a vocabulary of flameworking skills that will form a solid grounding to move forward using flameworking as an art form.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£695

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/bend-me-shape-me-flameworking-masterclass

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.

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

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014 logo: Museums at Night

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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