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:

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
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

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James Maskrey In His Own Works

  • 20 September 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

James Maskrey is a highly skilled and respected artist who works in hot glass. He is based at National Glass Centre where he works as part of a team teaching hot glass making to BA, MA and PhD students. James Maskrey also regularly works with artists who would like to explore the potential of including glass within their practice. Magdalene Odundo is one such artist. James has worked with Magdalene over a period of three years culminating in the exhibition Transition II featured in our main Gallery space. Using a Venetian technique called Filigrana the two artists have worked together to perfect the glass unit that the installation is based around. James Maskrey then went on to either make or oversee the production of the one thousand units making up the art-work.

As well as facilitating the work of other artists James Maskrey has achieved a high level of success as an artist in his own right with work included in the collections of the Crafts Council and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Always beautifully executed Maskrey’s recent work has drawn on his fascination with the Polar explorations of Scott and Shackleton. This exhibition provides the opportunity to enjoy examples of James Maskrey’s most recent work and a retrospective of pieces made over the last 10 years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=409

Image of Magdalene Odundo's work Metamorphosis and Transformation

Magdalene Odundo Metamorphosis and Transformation

  • 27 September 2014 — 11 January 2015 *on now

Long Gallery
Magdalene Odundo
Metamorphosis and Transformation
27 September 2014 – 11 January 2015

Magdalene Odundo began her exploration of glass during a residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington in 2011. It was here, and at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, that she created the installation Metamorphosis and Transformation now recreated for display at National Glass Centre. Also drawing on inspiration from the River Nile and the people of East Africa, this work marks a key transition in Magdalene Odundo’s work between her ceramics and her current work in glass.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=408

Image of Metamorphosis and Transitions By Magdalene Odundo

Magdalene Odundo - Transition II

  • 11 October 2014 — 11 January 2015 *on now

11 October 2014 – 11 January 2015


Magdalene Odundo is known as one of Britain’s leading artists working in ceramics. In recent years she has explored the potential of glass within her artistic practice, culminating with the installation Transition II, to be shown, for the first time, at National Glass Centre. The installation of one thousand handmade glass forms was developed with the support of James Maskrey, an artist specialising in hot glass and produced in association with Berengo Studio in Murano and Devereux and Huskie Glassworks in Wiltshire. It combines inspiration taken from Ancient Egyptian ear studs, the life sustaining role of the River Nile and the Op Art of Bridget Riley.

My ceramics have always been vehicles for containment; they have been personal statements about what it is to be human. Glass as a material is more illusive. Like a mirage it creates an optical illusion. It is simultaneously transparent and solid, fragile and strong, like water, it is neither here nor there. Magdalene Odundo, 2014



Special Glass Blowing Demonstration / 28 October / 15.00 / Free

James Maskrey demonstrates how the one thousand glass units included in the installation Transition II, were made. Using the Venetian technique called Filigrana, he will demonstrate the complexity and skill behind the creation of these beautiful forms.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=406

Image Credit: Personal photograph of project participant, Arthur Hattfield

Re:collections Digital Storytelling Exhibition

  • 23 January — 19 April 2015

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

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

Website

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

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.
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Special Glass Blowing Demonstrations

  • 6 January 2015 3-4:30pm

30th September 2014

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=447

Our demonstrators showcase a variety of different hot glass techniques.

6th January 2015

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=449

Our demonstrators showcase a variety of different hot glass techniques.


Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Image of Free Blown Glass Christmas Baubles

Blow a Christmas Bauble!


  • 1 November — 31 December 2014 *on now

Every weekend throughout November and December / £24.99 / Age 12+ / Booking Essential

'Fascinating experience - lovely tutors - this was a present from my best friend - a lovely bauble, as well as an experience'

Bring the family along and start a new Christmas tradition or create a wonderfully unique gift for someone special. The perfect, affordable opportunity to have a go at glass blowing and create a beautiful memory to hang on your tree every year!

Winner of the Gold Award for Best North East England Tourism Experience 2012, and original National Glass Centre hot-glass experience. Over 850 participants in 2012.  99% of participants said they would recommend this experience to a friend. 

Blow a Christmas Bauble experiences will run every weekend throughout November and December. Maximum of seven people per session. 

These one hour experiences offer you, your family, and friends the opportunity to personalise your bauble by applying coloured glass at over 1100 degrees centigrade. You will use a variety of coloured glass ‘frits’ to create your design. Working closely with one of the team members you will blow down the ‘iron’ to blow a bubble into the glass. The glass artists will finish your artwork by adding a glass hook to hang the bauble.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£24.99 pp

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=133

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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