National Glass Centre

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

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:

Industrial heritage site, Artist studio or collective, Gallery, Museum

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
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.
National Glass Centre at Night

Discover National Glass Centre at Night

  • 17 May 2014 6-10pm

National Glass Centre opens late with a variety of fun activities themed around their new exhibition Three Solo Shows Revised. Activities will include themed children's craft activities, storytelling and face painting, Make your Own Pendant Necklace workshops and glass blowing demonstrations by Mexican glass artists the De La Torre Brothers. Followed by a Mexican fiesta in the Brasserie with a tapas menu and live music, into the evening.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

FREE

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Glass in the Garden

  • 21 July — 31 August 2014

Glass in the Garden
21 July – 31 August / 1 hr slots / £15 / Age 12+
Book: 0191 515 5555 (Option 9)
National Glass Centre needs 1,000 baubles to create a stunning glass bauble Christmas tree for display in The Alnwick Garden and we want you to help!
We will teach you how to form and shape the glass; apply colour and pattern and blow the glass into a beautiful bauble. The bauble will then be used in a magnificent glass Christmas tree at The Alnwick Garden from October half-term.
This is a great chance to have a go at glass blowing, learn a new skill and to contribute to a very special artwork! Please note: all baubles created will form part of the Christmas tree and will therefore be unavailable to take home.
Every contributor to this exciting initiative will receive an invitation to an exclusive launch event to see the artwork revealed and two additional free tickets to The Alnwick Garden (worth £27.50). Demand for these experiences is expected to be high so book your place now on 0191 515 5555 (Option 9).

Suitable for

  • 14-15

Admission

£15.00

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/haveago/glassmakingexperiences/

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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