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

Image Credit: Personal photograph of project participant, Arthur Hattfield

Re:collections Digital Storytelling Exhibition

  • 23 January — 19 April 2015 *on now

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 *on now

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
University of Sunderland

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.

Artist Talk - Joseph Hillier and Christaan Maas

  • 4 February 2015 4-6pm

During February and early March National Glass Centre is offering a series of early evening talks given by professionals from the creative industries including staff from the Faculty of Art Design and Media at the University of Sunderland.

Born in Cornwall in 1974, Hillier studied at Falmouth College of Art, then at Newcastle University. After graduation Hillier held a research post at Newcastle University for a number of years, whilst making a series of exhibitions in the UK.

Christiaan D. Maas is a dutch artist currently living in the United Kingdom. Chris started his glass career in 2002 after a brief contact with glass in his foundation year at the Rietveld Academie for fine arts in Amsterdam. His interest into this medium set him off on a decade long journey working and training as an assistant at different studio’s in the Netherlands and doing short courses around Europe.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=455

Valentine's Hot Hearts

  • 7 — 8 February 2015 10am-4pm
  • 14 — 15 February 2015 10am-4pm

Start the day getting hot under the collar by creating your own Valentine’s Hot Heart in National Glass Centre’s Hot Glass Studio.

Here, guided by our hot glass experts, you can experience the heat of the 1000 degree furnace and create your own beautiful heart shaped trinket dish.

Booking is essential. Hourly slots available.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£30.00 per person.

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=178

Artist Talk - Jo Mitchell and Emma Woofenden

  • 11 February 2015 4-6pm

During February and early March National Glass Centre is offering a series of early evening talks given by professionals from the creative industries including staff from the Faculty of Art Design and Media at the University of Sunderland.

These talks will provide a range of case studies of the careers of professionals in the art and design field. The talks form part of the professional practice modules developed for BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics students at the University of Sunderland based in the National Glass Centre but are also open to the public. This programme has been supported by the Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG) and Ceramics Arts Research Centre at the University of Sunderland.

Joanne Mitchell will talk about her career path as a professional glass artist and designer, her PhD research at the University of Sunderland, and the ideas and inspirations behind her work. Emma Woofenden discusses her work.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=456

Make Your Own... Flame Worked Valentine’s Jewellery

  • 14 February 2015 10am-4pm

Create your own Valentine's themed jewellery using flame-working techniques.

This class will focus on techniques to make components for jewellery using borosilicate glass both coloured and clear.

We will use a variety of surface designs and encasing techniques as well as colour layering to create pieces that truly shine. Artist: Zoe Garner.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£50.00 per person.

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=78

Romantic Vintage Photographic Portrait

  • 14 February 2015 10:30am-3:20pm

Take a leaf out of the Victorians’ book and get your own vintage, wet-plate photographic portrait taken.

Using ‘Thelma’, his 130 year old camera, photographer Jonathan Keys will create a beautiful, vintage style portrait. Your stunning photograph will be developed instantly onto a glass plate for you to frame and treasure.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£30.00 per portrait.

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=476

Family Activity: 1001 Seeds – make a mini greenhouse

  • 16 February 2015 10:30am-3pm

This family activity is inspired by our Magdalene Odundo exihibtion in which 1001 glass vessels hang in our gallery.  Our Learning and Engagement team want to plant 1001 Seeds for spring and we need your help.  Make a mini greenhouse and plant a seed for Spring!

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£2.00 per person

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=466&to=2015-02-16 15:00:00&from=2015-02-16 10:30:00

Family Activities: Robot and Insect Fusing

  • 17 February 2015 11am-3pm
  • 20 February 2015 11am-3pm

Inspired by David Reekie’s glass robot, currently on display in the North Lands Creative Glass Collection, create your own glass fused robot!

Hourly workshops from 11.00 – 15.00

Suitable for

Admission

£10.00 per person

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=468&to=2015-02-17 15:00:00&from=2015-02-17 11:00:00

Butterfly Mobile Making

  • 18 February 2015 10:30am-3pm

Create a beautiful mobile using a range of craft materials.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£2.00 per person

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=234&to=2015-02-18 15:00:00&from=2015-02-18 10:30:00

Artist Talk: Livvy Fink and Lothar Goetz

  • 18 February 2015 4-6pm

During February and early March National Glass Centre is offering a series of early evening talks given by professionals from the creative industries including staff from the Faculty of Art Design and Media at the University of Sunderland.

From a background of sculpture, community and public arts, Livvy's discovery of glass instantaneously linked her love of light and space, and most importantly the ability of both to spark the imagination.

Whilst Götz’ practice ranges in scale from site-specific wall paintings and room-sized spatial installations to paintings and drawings, there is a clear coherence and dialogue across his body of work through its continual referencing and engagement with ideas about architecture and space and its characteristic use of abstract geometric forms, fields and lines of intense colour, juxtaposed with one another.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=457

Family Activities: 1001 Seeds - Plant Pot Patterns

  • 19 February 2015 10:30am-3pm

This family activity is inspired by our Magdalene Odundo exihibtion in which 1001 glass vessels hang in our gallery.  Our Learning and Engagement team want to plant 1001 Seeds for Spring and we need your help.  Make a plant pot and plant a seed for Spring!

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3.00 per person

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=467&to=2015-02-19 15:00:00&from=2015-02-19 10:30:00

Family Activities: Rainbow Suncatchers

  • 20 February 2015 10:30am-3pm

Create a lovely colourful suncatcher to hang in your window in time for Spring!

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£2.00 per person

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=470&to=2015-02-20 15:00:00&from=2015-02-20 10:30:00

Artist Talk - Alison Lowry and Angela Thwaites (TBC)

  • 25 February 2015 4-6pm

During February and early March National Glass Centre is offering a series of early evening talks given by professionals from the creative industries including staff from the Faculty of Art Design and Media at the University of Sunderland.

Alison Lowry's talk sees the artist explain how she uses glass in an attempt to understand herself and explore the world around her. Glass, with all its inherent contradictions, is the ideal mirror to investigate the human condition.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=458

Artist Talks - Eric Bainbridge and James Beighton

  • 4 March 2015 4-6pm

During February and early March National Glass Centre is offering a series of early evening talks given by professionals from the creative industries including staff from the Faculty of Art Design and Media at the University of Sunderland.

Combining seemingly absurd and incompatible objects with abstract sculptural forms, Eric Bainbridge has highlighted the duality that has been an ongoing preoccupation throughout his career. Image: Bobble Bubble 2012, steel, tea towel.

For 12 years James Beighton was Curator and Senior Curator attached to mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art working on both the pre and post opening programme of exhibitions and the development of the permanent collection.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=459

Mother's Day Paperweights

  • 7 — 8 March 2015 10am-4pm
  • 14 — 15 March 2015 10am-4pm

Spend the morning with your mum or make her something unique to keep!

Guided by our skilled glass makers, create a beautiful flower shaped paperweight from molten glass.

Perfect for that special lady in your life!

Why not enjoy a delicious Mother's Day lunch in our Brasserie? Call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1) to book.

Booking is Essential. Hourly slots available. Suitable for ages 16+

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£40.00 per person, call 0191 515 5555 (Option 9) to register your interest.

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=179

Decorate a Vase for Mum

  • 14 March 2015 10:30am-3pm

Mother's Day gift making!

Decorate a glass vase for Mum - the perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Suitable for

Admission

£4.00 per person

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=472&to=2015-03-14 15:00:00&from=2015-03-14 10:30:00

Muff Blowing Demonstration

  • 15 March 2015 12-4pm

We demonstrate the traditional techniques, used by Sunderland based glass factory Hartley Woods, to hand blow glass cylinders or ‘muffs’ to create sheet glass.  

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=462

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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