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.

Museum of Glass

  • 12 September 2015 — 31 August 2016 *on now

The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington supports a visiting artists residency programme allowing internationally known and emerging artists access to their world class Hot Shop.

One piece created during each residency is selected for inclusion in the Museum's collection. This collection is now world leading in terms of quality and representation of some of the world’s leading artist’s working in glass.

As part of a wider long term partnership the Museum of Glass has kindly loaned a selection of works from its collection for display at National Glass Centre. Works on display were selected by Paul Marioni, a leading Seattle based artist and a member of staff from National Glass Centre.

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=542&to=2016-01-09 17:00:00&from=2016-01-09 10:00:00

Pattern Play

  • 10 October 2015 — 13 March 2016 *on now

As part of our exploration of drawing in glass and ceramics, this exhibition presents new work by Robert Dawson, who often uses ceramics to reflect upon the history of pattern-making in the decorative arts.

Patterned surfaces are usually associated with utilitarian ceramics rather than considered as fine art. In this new body of work, Robert Dawson plays with the perception of definitions between applied art and fine art by using clay slip across stretched canvas. Here, reworked patterns have often been disrupted in various ways. One source of inspiration for this work has been Ernst Gombrich’s ‘The Sense of Order’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=543&to=2016-03-13 &from=2015-10-10

Drawing

  • 17 October 2015 — 13 March 2016 *on now

Drawing is a key skill of the visual artist and as Matisse showed through his work in collage can be achieved without a pen or pencil and paper. This exhibition presents a wide range of work by artists who draw using glass and ceramics.

The exhibition will include work by artists who engrave on glass, who use line to create structure or pattern and artists using pyrography, in this instance using hot glass to draw on paper. We hope to inspire enjoyment of drawing in its widest sense and perhaps encourage people to try a new approach to drawing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=541&to=2016-03-13 &from=2015-10-17

Glass Beats

  • 8 February — 24 April 2016 *on now

Glass Beats is a glass, ceramics and music project led by National Glass Centre. Twenty-five young people with additional needs have worked with artists to design and make their own percussion instruments from glass and ceramics. They then participated in music workshops, learning how to play their instruments individually and as a group.

The project will result in a performance by the young people, led by glass percussionist Brendan Murphy, and an exhibition of the instruments alongside the participant’s music recordings.

This project is funded by Youth Music. Throughout the project, nearly twenty of the young people have worked towards achieving their silver Arts Award.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=618&to=2016-04-24 &from=2016-02-08

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

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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