Visit October â€“ December 2017 Free Admission and Free Visitor Parking Open Daily 10.00 â€“ 17.00 Reflecting our past; igniting our future
For a FREE day out with a difference visit National Glass Centre!
â€œIt was fascinating, absolutely mind boggling. They had my full attention from start to finish!â€? Visitor comment, September 2017
Discover the history of glass making in Sunderland, enjoy our intriguing world class exhibitions and play on our iconic glass roof. You and your family will love our amazing glass blowing demonstrations,
hands-on creative activities and themed tours. Complete your visit with a bite to eat or a coffee in The Glass Yard and browse hand-made glass and ceramics, quirky jewellery, gifts and homeware in our shop.
Free Daily Glass Blowing Demonstrations Our amazing daily glass blowing, lathe and flame working demonstrations are free and run throughout the day. Experience the heat of our 1000 degree furnace and watch our expert glass making team craft stunning pieces before your eyes.
Flame Working 11.00 and 15.45 (15 mins) Glass Blowing 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00 (30 mins) Glass Lathe 13.00 (30 mins) Please note there are no Glass Lathe demos on a Tuesday
Special Halloween Hot Glass Experiences
Glass Pumpkin Demonstrations 1.30pm every day Monday 23 – Friday 27 October, plus Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 October During these demonstrations, which take place especially for Halloween, you can watch the skill of the studio glass blowers as they make a beautiful glass pumpkin. Each piece they make is also available to buy. Please note – there will be no glass blowing demonstrations on the dates of our Glass Pumpkin making.
Make a Glass Pumpkin Create a colourful hot glass pumpkin for Halloween! These experiences oﬀer you the opportunity to personalise your pumpkin by applying coloured glass at over 1100 degrees centigrade. Working closely with our Hot Glass Studio Team you will blow down the ‘iron’ to blow a bubble into the glass. The glass artists will ﬁnish your artwork by using a mould to create the pumpkin shape and add a colourful stem in the eﬀect of your choice! Sat 21 / Sun 22 / Sat 28 & Sun 29 October 10.00 – 11.00 / 11.00 – 12.00 / 12.00 – 13.00 14.00 – 15.00 & 15.00 – 16.00 Min age 16 (all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult) £46 per person Please note – there will be no glass blowing demonstrations on these dates
Max of 3 people per session
Exhibitions Heritage Gallery
Did you know? National Glass Centre’s permanent exhibition Stories of Glass in Sunderland encourages visitors to discover the origins, growth and legacy of glass making 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. Did you know that many of the finest international artists working in glass have connections with Sunderland?
Did you know that Sunderland’s connection with glass dates back to 674 AD when Benedict Biscop brought French glaziers to Wearmouth to make the first known coloured glass window in the country?
Did you know that the banks of the River Wear were once lined with glassworks?
Did you know that all of the Pyrex glass sold across the British Commonwealth* was made in Sunderland until 1997? *with the exception of Canada
Illuminating Colour: New Work by Cate Watkinson and Colin Rennie Saturday 21 October – Sunday 11 March 2018 Image: Concurrentes, 2017, Colin Rennie Image courtest of the artist
The exhibition provides an opportunity to explore the relationship between colour, light and glass. Robert Grosseteste (Bishop of Lincoln 1235-1253) has been described as ‘The greatest mind you’ve never heard of’. Scientists, historians and artists from the Universities of Oxford, Durham and Sunderland have worked together to explore Grosseteste’s theories on light and colour culminating in this exhibition of new work created by Cate Watkinson and Colin Rennie. Artworks creating colour using only glass and light are shown alongside others using digital technology, allowing visitors to interact with and alter the nature of the works.
National Glass Centre Collection Saturday 16 September – Autumn 2018 This is the first opportunity to see a significant selection of work from National Glass Centre’s permanent collection. Many of the pieces have been made by international artists who have
Image: Tele Komm Komm 027419, Erwin Eisch, photograph by David Williams
spent time working at National Glass Centre. The exhibition will be complimented by a film piece held in NGCA’s collection to celebrate our plans to open the new ground floor gallery in 2018.
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Chris Cornish: The Adventure and the Resolution Collections Gallery 9 September 2017 – 14 January 2018 Since 2015 Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and National Glass Centre have been working together to preserve important works of art of our time for Sunderland, creating a legacy for the city, for the future. As part of a new exhibition that offers an initial glimpse into the first works
acquired for these permanent collections, we are showing Chris Cornish’s astonishing digital animation The Adventure and the Resolution. Cornish presents us with a breathtaking illusion in which we encounter ‘smoke and mirrors’ in quite unexpected ways.
Image: courtesy of the artist. This work is shown in National Glass Centre’s Collections Gallery
Zoe Garner: Invisible Forces 9 September – 3 December 2017
Zoe Garner is an established artist based in North-East England. This fun exhibition presents Zoe’s recent work investigating invisible forces, cause and effect and associated scientific theory. The work is created using a glass making technique known as ‘lamp-work’ or ‘flame-work’ which Zoe teaches on a regular basis at National Glass Centre. Please see pages 14-15 for further details. Image: The Butterfly Effect (detail) by Zoe Garner, Photography by David Williams
Of the Earth: Jenny Purrett Coming soon Look out for a new exhibition featuring work by Jenny Purrett. This exhibition will open in our Research Gallery on 9 December. Image: SeaGlassRockPorcelain, Jenny Purrett, Image courtesy of the artist
Gifted Glass: A selling exhibition featuring work by members of the Contemporary Glass Society Saturday 21 October â€“ Sunday 11 March 2018
Image: Clare Wilson, Cane Studies. Photograph Simon Brontnell
As the weeks fly by towards Christmas avoid crowded shopping centres and mass produced gifts. Â National Glass Centre is offering the opportunity to shop in pleasant surroundings and to buy unique glass created by a wide range of artists. This exhibition also continues into the New Year if you would prefer to treat yourself!
Half Term Fun! Ghoulish Glass Painting Scare yourself arty with a special Halloween themed glass painting. Monday 23 & Friday 27 October 10.00 – 16.00 / £4 / Age 4+ / Drop-in Marvellous Mobiles Whether you’re a natural artist or scientist you can create a decorative hanging mobile using the colour spectrum. Tuesday 24 October 10.00 – 16.00 / £3 / Age 3+ Trick or Treat Plate Design and paint your own pattern for a special Halloween plate, take it home and fix the enamels in your oven. Wednesday 25 October / 10.00 – 16.00 £4 / Age 4+ / Drop-in Shadow Lanterns What lurks in the shadows? Monsters? Vampires? Ghouls? Banish them with a creative lantern and battery operated tea light. Thursday 26 October 10.00 – 16.00 / £3 / Age 5+ / Drop-in
NGCA: Smoke and Mirrors Workshops Inspired by Chris Cornish’s video work ‘The Adventure and the Resolution’, join us for a series of drop-in sessions exploring the magic of illusions! Tuesday 24 October / Thursday 26 October & Saturday 28 October 10.00 – 16.00 / £3 / Age 4+ Funky Fusing Have you done one of our fusing workshops before? Try something new in this workshop and use noodles and stringers! Saturday 28 October / 11.00 & 14:00 / £10 Age 6+ / Booking essential Halloween Masks Put the final flourish on your Halloween costume by hand-decorating a mask. Sunday 29 October / 10.00 – 12.00 & 13.00 – 16.00 / £3 / Age 3+ / Drop-in
To book, visit shop.nationalglasscentre.com or call 0191 568 9700
Families with additional needs National Glass Centre is fully accessible for wheelchair users, and all family workshops are accessible for visitors of all ages with additional needs. Use our online sensory map and social story, or download pre-visit visual guides for individual workshops through our website. Quiet times to attend drop-in workshops are usually after 15.00. Our bookable workshops have a maximum capacity of 15 people taking part, (plus accompanying adults). If you have any questions about resources for families please email email@example.com or call 0191 515 5523
Story Seekers Calling all Story Seekers! Join Theatre Tots for an autumn of creative play. Each week we will go on an adventure to explore different artworks in the National Glass Centre. Armed only with our adventure packs, drawing thumbs and vivid imagination, new stories will be made and acted out with all our usual songs and silliness. Saturday 7, Saturday 14, Saturday 21, Saturday 28 October 10.00 – 11.00 Perfect for your little creatives aged 1-6yrs / £5 per session (£2.50 for additional siblings). Bookings are not available online for this product, please book at our Visitor Services desk or call 0191 568 9700
Merry and Bright Twilight Workshops Fused Glass Snowflake Decoration* Create a fantastic fused glass artwork as unique as every snowflake! Friday 1 & 15 December, Wednesday 6 & 13 December 16.00 / £8 / Age 6+ Booking essential Sgraffito Glass Decorations* Compose a glass scene and decorate a hanging decoration by scratching your own designs and messages into the enamel. Friday 8 December / 16.00 / £8 / Age 6+ Booking essential Sandblasted Glass Decorations Create a frosted design on a pair of hanging glass decorations. Work with National Glass Centre staff, they’ll use a sandblaster to frost the glass and make a shimmering decoration according to your design. Wednesday 20 December 16.00 – 17.30 £10 / Age 8+ / Booking essential *Work created in these workshops needs to be fired in the kiln and can be collected ready in time for Christmas
Winter Workshops Christmas Photography Studio Join us in our Christmas Photography Studio and have a festive family portrait taken to put on your own Christmas cards! We’ll have Christmas props & costumes to help make your photo unique, but feel free to bring your cheesiest Christmas jumpers along too! Saturday 25 November / Saturday 2 December & Saturday 16 December 10.00 – 12.00 / 12.30 – 16.00 / £3 or £10 for a family of 4 Decorate a Hot Chocolate Mug Get ready for the cold nights by hand painting a ceramic mug with enamels. Saturday 25 November / 10.00 – 12.00 & 13.00 – 16.00 / £4 / Age 4+ / Drop-in Glass Painted Tea Light Holder Brighten up the dark nights with your own handmade glass jar and battery tea light. Saturday 2 December 10.00 – 12.00 & 13.00 – 16.00 / £3 Age 4+ / Drop-in
To book, visit shop.nationalglasscentre.com or call 0191 568 9700
Family Fusing Get together as a group to make a large fused glass panel. Learn about the fusing process, discuss your ideas and draw a design for your collaborative project. Adults and children age 10+ will learn how to cut glass, and everyone will use glass tiles and coloured glass grains to create a unique fused glass artwork. Perfect for families of four, with a maximum of six people taking part in one project. Sunday 3 December / Sessions and 10.30 & 14.00 / Duration 1.5hrs / £30 per project Age 6+ / Booking essential Love Christmas Make a day of it and get in the festive spirit with four exciting art activities taking place throughout the day. Paint a glass decoration and treat plate, decorate a bauble and wrap it all up in your hand decorated, fabric Christmas stocking. Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December 10.30 – 16.00 / £10pp for all 4 activities Age 4+ / Drop-in Glass Painted Decorations Create a colourful glass painted decoration, perfect to hang on your tree or give as a gift. Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December 10.00 – 12.00 & 13.00 – 16.00 / £4 Age 4+ / Drop-in
Glass Painted Thank You Notes Give back to family and friends by making a personalised glass keepsake. Wednesday 27 December 10.00 – 12.00 & 13.00 – 16.00 / £4 / Age 4+ / Drop-in Time Capsule Decorate a glass jar with your ideas for 2018 then hide it for someone else to find in years to come! Saturday 30 December / 10.00 – 12.00 & 13.00 – 16.00 / £4 / Age 5+ / Drop-in Solar Powered Fireflies Light up the dark nights with your handdecorated, light-up bug. Friday 5 January / 10.00 – 12.00 & 13.00 – 16.00 £4 / Age 4+ / Drop-in
Sunday workshops Decorate a Hot Chocolate Mug Get ready for the cold nights by hand painting a ceramic mug with enamels. Sunday 21 January / 10.00 – 12.00 & 13.00 – 16.00 / £4 / Age 4+ / Drop-in Glass Painting Take inspiration from our exhibition and create a unique glass artwork. Sunday 25 February / 10.00 – 12.00 & 13.00 – 16.00 / £4 / Age 4+ / Drop-in
Blow your own Christmas Bauble
November: Wednesdays 15, 22, 29 / Saturdays 11, 18, 25 Sundays 12, 19, 26
This unique experience oﬀers the opportunity work with molten glass at over 1100 degrees centigrade! During this workshop you will create a beautiful glass bauble to hang on your Christmas tree or to give as the perfect handmade gift. Using a variety of coloured glass you can personalise your design before blowing down the ‘iron’ to see your bauble come to life!
December: Wednesdays 6, 13, 20 / Saturdays 2, 9, 16, 23 Sundays 3, 10, 17
Booking essential. To book, visit shop.nationalglasscentre.com or call 0191 568 9700 Please note – there will be no glass blowing demonstrations on these dates
Christmas Snowman and Snowy Owl Sandcast Create a glass Snowman using sand to make a mould. Add your own colour and decoration to make your design unique. Watch as your design is transformed by our studio team who will pour molten glass into your mould to produce your own individual piece of festive art. A wonderful workshop for anyone over the age of 6 years and a rare opportunity to create, using ‘hot glass’. Thursday 28, Friday 29 December 2017 Wednesday 3 & Friday 4 January 2018 9.30 – 10.30 / 10.30 – 11.30 / Min age 6 (all children aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult) / £16 per person / Max of 10 people per session To book, visit shop.nationalglasscentre.com or call 0191 568 9700
10.00 – 11.00 / 11.00 – 12.00 / 12.00 – 13.00 14.00 – 15.00 & 15.00 – 16.00 £27 per person Min age 12 (all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Max of 7 people per session. Glass Bauble hangers are available to purchase in our Shop.
Make a day of it!
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Christmas Craft Fair Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December 2017 10.00 – 17.00 Here at National Glass Centre we value all that is made locally, therefore we are holding a craft fair to celebrate the beautiful handmade crafts the North East has to offer. The fair will be packed with stalls from local and regional crafters. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy a unique handmade gift or just treat yourself to something really beautiful! Come along to be in with the chance of winning £100 worth of NGC Shop vouchers.* Look out for more details on our website nationalglasscentre.com *Prize draw can only be entered within the Centre on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December 2017. The winner will be drawn on Monday 11 December 2017.
Christmas Shopping Weekend Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November Come along to National Glass Centres shop to find the perfect handmade gift for the festive season. With a range of items, from jewellery, kids toys and ceramics to glass made right here in the centre, unique presents are our speciality! Free Christmas wrapping service available.
January Studio Sale Friday 11 – Sunday 13 January 2018 National Glass Centre Shop
A fantastic opportunity to purchase a handmade piece of studio glass at a bargain price!
Adult Courses October 2017 – March 2018 Fused Glass Glass Tableware Taster Session Saturday 21 October Sunday 14 January Sunday 11 March 13.00 – 17.00 / £35 Artist: Midori Shinmura Glass Tableware Club Saturdays 11 November Saturday 13 January Wednesday 21 February 13.00 – 16.30 5 weeks / £125 Artist: Midori Shinmura Introducing... Fused Glass Sunday 21 January 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Sue Woolhouse Artistic Fused Glass Mondays from 30 October Wednesdays from 21 February 18.00 – 21.00 5 weeks / £125 Artist: Sue Woolhouse
Stained Glass Stained Glass Leaded Techniques, Beginners Level Saturday 7 October Saturday 20 January Sunday 25 February 13.00 – 17.00 / £40 Artist: Gill McGinley Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Intermediate Level Sunday 22 & Sunday 29 October Sunday 18 & Sunday 25 March 10.00 – 16.00 / 2 day course £110 Artist Gill McGinley
Stained Glass Christmas Decorations, Copper Foil Technique Sunday 19 November / Friday 1, Friday 8 / Saturday 16 December 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Gill McGinley
Ceramics Introducing... Ceramics Saturdays from 20 January 10.00 – 13.00 / £100 5 week course Artist: Grace MacKnight Intermediate Ceramics Sundays from 5 November (formerly Saturday 4 November). Sundays from 4 March 10.00 – 13.00 / 5 weeks / £100 Artist: Megan Randell Ceramic Throwing Techniques – 1 Day Introduction Saturday 28 October Saturday 13 January Saturday 24 February 10.00 – 16.00 / £60 Artist: James Douglass from BBC’s The Great British Pottery Throw Down. Christmas Themed Ceramics – 1 Day Introduction Sunday 10 December 10.00 – 16.00 / £60 Artist: James Douglass from BBC’s The Great British Pottery Throw Down.
Christmas Themed Screen Printing on Glass Sunday 3 December 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Jade Tapson Screen Printing on Glass Thursdays from 1 March Thursdays from 2 November 18.00 – 21.00 / 5 weeks / £125 Artist: Jade Tapson
Casting Glass Introducing... Casting Glass Sunday 8 October Saturday 24 February 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Effie Burns Christmas themed Casting Glass Sunday 3 December 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Effie Burns
Flameworking NEW! Writing with Flameworked Glass Saturday 13 January 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner NEW! Flameworked Silhouettes in Glass Saturday 27 January 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner
Printing on Glass
Flameworked Glass Chains Saturday 10 March / 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner
Introducing... Screen Printing on Glass Sunday 28 January 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Jade Tapson
Flameworked Marbles Saturday 4 November Sunday 4 February 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner
To book, visit shop.nationalglasscentre.com or call 0191 568 9700 Flameworked Glass Beads Sunday 22 October Sunday 5 November Sunday 14 January Sunday 25 February 13.00 – 16.00 / £40 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Glass Pendants & Earrings Saturday 21 October Saturday 18 November Saturday 24 February 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Ignite! Flameworking Saturday 3 February 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner
Flameworked Glass Insects Saturday 7 October Sunday 28 January Sunday 11 March 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Hollow Beads & Bubbles Sunday 8 October 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Glass Hearts Sunday 19 November 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner
For more information on courses and availability visit nationalglasscentre.com
Flameworked Christmas Decorations Saturday 2 / Sunday 3 Saturday 9 / Sunday 10 Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Bowls & Dishes Saturday 7 10.00 – 16.00 / £130 2 day course Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked 2D & 3D Shapes Saturday 24 10.00 – 16.00 / £130 2 day course Artist: Zoe Garner
Image: Jade Tapson, Screen Printing on Glass. Winner of British Glass Biennale 2017 Glass Sellers Art & Craft Student Award.
The Glass Yard
An Evening of Swing and Sparkle Saturday 2, Friday 8 & Saturday 16 December 2017 19.00 / ÂŁ35.00 per person Add a little swing and sparkle to your party season and spend a cold December evening being warmed by the Christmas cheer of Frank, Sammy and Deans finest festive tunes from our Rat Pack tribute act. Join us for a festive four course feast and then dance the night away. Booking essential. To book call 0191 515 5555 (Option 5) For more information visit nationalglasscentre.com
Festive Lunches 27 November – 31 December 12.00 – 14.30 Available daily, ex.cept Saturday 9 December, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Enjoy our delicious festive lunches in the beautiful riverside surroundings of The Glass Yard Two courses – £15.00 Three courses – £19.00 Booking advisable. To book call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1)
Festive Afternoon Tea Available daily, except Sundays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 27 November – 31 December 14.30 – 16.00 £14.50 – Traditional Package £18.50 – Indulgent Package which also includes a glass of mulled wine Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches such as roast turkey & cranberry, fresh baked scones as well as a selection of pastries such as stollen slices, iced Christmas cake bites and mini sweet mince pies. Warm your hands with a cup of mulled wine after a Christmas shopping trip or winter walk along the coast. Booking essential. To book call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1).
Nationalglasscentre.com ACCESS National Glass Centre has wheelchair access to all areas and a Changing Place facility. There is also a lift available. Free wheelchair hire is available on request and can be pre-booked by contacting Visitor Services. National Glass Centre welcomes assistance dogs and a hearing loop is available. Our full Access Statement is available online. We are a cycle friendly venue! The Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route from Cumbria to Sunderland runs past National Glass Centre’s riverside entrance. Cyclists are encouraged to use our new riverside Bike Dock and cycle maintenance area.
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