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.
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

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

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.

Make your own 'Hot' Fish

  • 29 August 2015 9:30-10:30am, 10:30-11:30am

Create a fish using sand to make a mould. Then, by adding colour and decoration your design becomes unique. You will then watch as your own design is transformed by the our studio team, pouring molten glass to produce your individual piece of art.

This is a wonderful workshop for anyone over the age of 6 years and a rare opportunity to be involved with ‘hot glass’.

Admission

£14

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=520&to=2015-08-29 11:30:00&from=2015-08-29 09:30:00

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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