Visit January â€“ March 2018 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!
“We couldn’t keep our eyes off it, we learned so much and were very impressed by the skill involved. Amazing! Just amazing!” Visitor comment, December 2017
Discover the history of glass making in Sunderland, enjoy our intriguing worldclass 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
The new Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Fiona Crisp: Material Sight
Opening March 2018*
Fiona Crisp explores how we might encounter places where the frontiers of knowledge are pushed back. Her recent work uses both photography and video to approach ideas and information that stretch the limits of our imagination. For nearly two years Crisp has worked with three world-leading research facilities for fundamental science: Boulby Underground Laboratory, sited in the UK’s deepest working mine, Durham University's Institute of Computational Cosmology and Laboratori Nazionale del Gran Sasso, the world’s largest underground laboratory for particle physics, housed inside a mountain in central Italy.
In March 2018, after 18 months creating a brand new space for art and artists in Sunderland, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art will reopen with a major new commission with artist Fiona Crisp. The generous 3000 square foot space inside National Glass Centre has an initial focus on artists whose work is being created across Europe, whether made in the Alps or the heart of fascist Rome, or from the most advanced laboratories in Italy to the easternmost city in the continent deep inside the former Soviet Union. The gallery’s opening programme also celebrates the achievements of artists living and working in North-East England, who share new visions of how we live now. In each of its exhibitions in 2018, an artist will reveal a brand new body of work for the first time. *Date to be announced in the new year
Image: Safe Haven, Fiona Crisp
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
This 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 spent time working at National Glass Centre. The exhibition is complimented by a film piece from NGCA’s collection celebrating our plans to open the new ground floor gallery in 2018. Image: Tele Komm Komm 027419, Erwin Eisch, photograph by David Williams
Ralf Broeg Zero RPM Records 14 January – 20 March 2018 Dusseldorf-based Ralf Broeg is an artist whose work makes us look closely at ordinary parts of the world we take for granted. His series ‘Zero RPM Records’ are strange, hybrid objects – digital prints that pay homage to the power of vinyl records as a medium of storing sound. They are terse, graphic, abstract, images that are copies of phonographic records. Broeg takes a piece of vintage vinyl only to colour it with wax, digitally scan the object, then reprint it as an object with a peculiar power and beauty. Broeg is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at The University of Sunderland.
Image courtesy the artist and Petra Rinck Gallery, Dusseldorf.
Jenny Purrett: Of the Earth Saturday 9 December â€“ Sunday 4 February 2018
Jenny Purrett is an artist who works with natural and discarded materials. The work displayed in this exhibition was created during a recent residency at National Glass Centre, which allowed the artist to explore processes used when working with glass and ceramics.
Image: SeaGlassRockPorcelain, Jenny Purrett, Image courtesy of the artist
This exhibition is in association with DRAWING.
Young Glass Saturday 24 March â€“ Sunday 9 September 2018 An exhibition created in collaboration with the Danish Gallery, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, presenting the finest examples of work by international, early career artists working in glass.
Image, Calf 2016, Raven Skyriver, Photographer, acmecreative.com
Gifted Glass: A selling exhibition featuring work by members of the Contemporary Glass Society
This exhibition features work by selected members of the Contemporary Glass Society. All works are for sale and interest free credit is available through the Art Council’s Own Art Scheme.
Saturday 21 October – Sunday 11 March 2018
Ayako Tani: Vessels of Memory Saturday 24 March – Sunday 9 September 2018 An exhibition featuring new work by Ayako Tani exploring the theme of ships in bottles.
Hot Glass Experiences
Make a Glass Valentine’s Heart! Enjoy a creative day with someone special or make them a truly unique gift for Valentine’s Day! Guided by our experienced glass makers you will create a gorgeous Valentine’s Day Heart out of molten glass. Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 February 10.00 – 11.00 / 11.00 – 12.00 / 12.00 – 13.00 / 14.00 – 15.00 & 15.00 – 16.00 / £35 each / Min age 16 (all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult) 3 people per hour. Please note – there will be no glass blowing demonstrations on these dates. To book, visit shop.nationalglasscentre.com or call 0191 568 9700
Mother’s Day Owl Sandcast Create a truly unique gift for your Mum for Mother's Day! Create an owl mould in sand, and then decorate using your Mum’s favourite colours. Molten glass will then be poured into your mould to create a 3D object that will last a lifetime!
Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 March 9.30 – 10.30 & 10.30 – 11.30 / £16 each Min age 6 (all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult) Max 10 people per hour Please note - Sandcast objects have a textured/sandy surface on the reverse side and may contain bubbles.
To book, visit shop.nationalglasscentre.com or call 0191 568 9700
Hot Glass ExperiencesTo book, visit shop.nationalglasscentre.com or call 0191 568 9700
Half Term Fish Sandcast Create a glass fish 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 art. Monday 12 / Thursday 15 & Saturday 17 February / 9.30 – 10.30 & 10.30 – 11.30 £16 each / Min age 6 (all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult) Max 10 people per hour Please note - Sandcast objects have a textured/sandy surface on the reverse side and may contain bubbles.
Easter Sandcast Create your own Easter egg, bird or flower 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 Easter egg, bird or flower. Monday 2 / Thursday 5 / Saturday 7 Monday 9 / Thursday 12 & Saturday 14 April / 9.30 – 10.30 10.30 – 11.30 / £16 each / Min age 6 (all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult) Max 10 people per hour Please note - Sandcast objects have a textured/sandy surface on the reverse side and may contain bubbles.
January Studio sale Friday 12 / Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 January National Glass Centre Shop.
A Great opportunity to purchase a unique piece of Studio Glass, at a bargain price
February Half Term Fun!
Funky Fusing Have you done one of our fusing workshops before? Try something new in this workshop and use noodles and stringers!
Colourful Glass Painting Take inspiration from our exhibition and decorate a unique glass shape, designed and made onsite!
Monday 12 February / 14.00 and 15.30 / £10 Age 6+ / Booking essential
Wednesday 14 February / 10.00 – 16.00 / £4 Age 4+ / Drop-in
Creative Colour and Coding with Techytots A fun introduction to coding using robots and technology to explore colour, light and line. Tuesday 13 February / 10.15, 11.30, 14.00 and 15.30 / £4.50 / Age 2-6yrs / Booking essential
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. Thursday 15 February / 14.00 / Duration 1.5hrs £30 per project / Age 6+ / Booking essential.
Mosaic Tiles Inspired by the current exhibition ‘Illuminating Colour’, make a mosaic tile decoration using air drying clay and coloured glass pieces. Monday 12 & Friday 16 February / 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 and getting inspired by our exhibition. Saturday 17 February / 10.00 – 16.00 / £3 Age 3+ / Drop-in
To book, visit shop.nationalglasscentre.com or call 0191 568 9700
Glass Painted Easter Chicks or Bunnies Design and paint a glass bird or rabbit using glass painting pens. Perfect to adorn your home for Easter! Friday 30 & Saturday 31 March / 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 16.00 / £4 / Age 4+ / Drop-in Fused Glass Easter Chicks or Bunnies Use brightly coloured glass grains and glass mosaic tiles to create a beautiful glass bird or rabbit decoration. Sunday 1 April / 10.00, 11.30, 14.00 and 15.30 £10 / Age 6+ / Booking essential Animal Fusing Use coloured glass grains and glass mosaic tiles to create a beautiful glass animal. Experiment with different colours and textures to bring your animal to life! Monday 2 & Monday 9 April / 14.00 and 15.30 £10 / Age 6+ / Booking essential Inspired by Nature Glass Painting Decorate a unique glass animal shape using coloured glass grains and glass mosaic tiles. Choose from a range of different animals and make it your own! Tuesday 3 & Tuesday 10 April / 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 16.00 / £4 / Age 4+ / Drop-in Creative Creatures and Coding with Techytots An introduction to coding for little ones. Learn how to programme robots and turn them into wild animals. Wednesday 4 & Wednesday 11 April / 10.15, 11.30, 14.00 and 15.30 / Suggested age 2-6yrs / £4.50 / Booking essential
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. Thursday 5 & Thursday 12 April / 14.00 Duration 1.5hrs / Age 6+/ £30 per group project Booking essential Flying Rockets Make a flying balloon rocket in our drop-in workshop and watch it whizz across the room! Monday 2 & Monday 9 April / 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 16.00 / £3 / Age 4+ / Drop-in Solar System Mobiles Inspired by our new exhibition ‘Material Sight’, make your own solar system mobile. Learn about the planets in our solar system and construct your own mini-version to take home! Friday 6 & Friday 13 April / 10.00 – 16.00 / £4 Age 4+ / Drop-in
Art Seekers Join Theatre Tots and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art for a new series of playful sessions for your little ones! Each week we will go on an adventure to explore different artworks around the building. We’ll take a look back at some of our past exhibitions, and also explore new works by artist Fiona Crisp when our gallery reopens in March! 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.
Saturdays from 6 January – 14 April 2018 (inclusive) / 10.00 – 11.00 Age 1-6yrs / £5 per session (£2.50 for additional siblings) Sign up for 6 sessions and get 1 free! Maximum 15 childrens per class To secure your place please book: 07951 866261 / firstname.lastname@example.org, or pay on the day at Visitor Services.
Sunday Workshops Glass Painted Easter Chicks or Bunnies Design and paint a glass bird or rabbit using glass painting pens. Perfect to adorn your home this Easter! Sunday 25 March / 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 16.00 / £4 / Age 4+ / Drop-in Amazing Animals Decorate a wooden animal shape using a range of colourful craft materials. Sunday 29 April / 10.00 – 12.00 & 13.00 – 16.00 / £3 / Age 4+ / Drop-in
Techy Tots A weekly session for under 5’s led by Techytots which introduces children to coding through simple technology and play. Each session will have a different theme and children will use robots and technical toys in a range of fun and creative games and activities. Thursdays, 18 January – 22 March / 10.00 – 11.00 £4.50 / Suggested age 2-6 years / Drop-in
Inspired by Nature Glass Painting Decorate a unique glass shape using coloured glass grains and glass mosaic tiles. Choose from a range of different animals and make it your own! Monday 7 May / 10.00 – 12.00 and 3.00 – 16.00 / £4 / Age 4+ / Drop-in
Adult Courses & Classes Fused Glass Glass Tableware Taster Session Sunday 14 January Sunday 11 March Sunday 3 June 13.00 – 17.00 / £35 Artist: Midori Shinmura Glass Tableware Club Saturdays from 13 January Saturdays from 3 March Saturdays from 14 April Saturdays from 26 May 13.00 – 16.30 5 weeks / £125 Artist: Midori Shinmura Introducing... Fused Glass Sunday 21 January Sunday 22 April Sunday 10 June 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: TBC
Artistic Fused Glass Wednesdays from 21 February 18.00 – 21.00 5 weeks / £125 Artist: TBC
Stained Glass Stained Glass Leaded Techniques, Beginners Level Saturday 20 January Sunday 25 February Sunday 8 April Saturday 12 May 13.00 – 17.00 / £40 Artist: Gill McGinley Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Intermediate Level Sunday 18 & Sunday 25 March Saturday 23 & Saturday 30 June 10.00 – 16.00 / 2 day course £110 Artist Gill McGinley
Ceramics Introducing... Ceramics Saturdays from 20 January Saturdays from 21 April 10.00 – 13.00 / £100 5 week course Artist: Grace MacKnight Intermediate Ceramics Sundays from 4 March Sundays from 17 June 10.00 – 13.00 / 5 weeks / £100 Artist: Megan Randell Ceramic Throwing Techniques – 1 Day Introduction Saturday 13 January Saturday 24 February Saturday 7 April Saturday 26 May Saturday 21 July 10.00 – 16.00 / £60 Artist: James Douglass from BBC’s The Great British Pottery Throw Down
Image: Jade Tapson, Screen Printing on Glass. Winner of British Glass Biennale 2017 Glass Sellers Art & Craft Student Award.
Adult Courses & Classes 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 NEW! Flame Club Thursdays from 11 January Thursdays from 19 April 18.00 – 21.00 / 5 weeks £140 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Glass Chains Saturday 10 March 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Marbles Sunday 4 February Sunday 22 April Saturday 23 June 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Glass Beads Sunday 14 January Sunday 25 February Sunday 20 May 13.00 – 16.00 / £40 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Glass Pendants & Earrings Saturday 24 February Saturday 19 May 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner
Ignite! Flameworking Saturday 3 February Saturday 21 April 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Glass Insects Sunday 28 January Sunday 11 March 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Glass Insects Weekend Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 June 10.00 – 16.00 / £130 2 day course Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Bowls & Dishes Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 April 10.00 – 16.00 / £130 2 day course Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked 2D & 3D Shapes Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March 10.00 – 16.00 / £130 2 day course Artist: Zoe Garner
Tall Ships 2018 NEW! Flameworked Anchors Sunday 24 June 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner NEW! Flameworked Ship Shapes Saturday 7 July 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner NEW! Flameworked Message in a Bottle Sunday 8 July 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner
Printing on Glass Introducing... Screen Printing on Glass Sunday 28 January Sunday 15 April Sunday 17 June 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Jade Tapson Screen Printing on Glass Thursdays from 1 March Thursdays from 26 April
Flameworked Blown Forms Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 May 10.00 – 16.00 / £130 2 day course Artist: Zoe Garner Sculptural Flameworking Cube and Structured Forms Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July 10.00 – 16.00 / £130 2 day course Artist: Zoe Garner
Thursdays from 28 June 18.00 – 21.00 / 5 weeks / £125 Artist: Jade Tapson
Casting Glass Introducing... Casting Glass Saturday 24 February Sunday 29 April Saturday 7 July 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Effie Burns
To book, visit shop.nationalglasscentre.com or call 0191 568 9700
Image. James Douglass, Ceramics. Photograph by David Allan
The Glass Yard
Valentine’s Evening Wednesday 14 February 2018 Available from 18.30 Celebrate Valentine’s with those you love in the beautiful riverside surroundings of The Glass Yard. Choose from our delicious 3 course menu. Please visit nationalglasscentre.com for menu options. Booking essential. Children are welcome. To book please call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1)
Valentine’s Afternoon Tea Wednesday 14 February 2018, Available 14.30 – 16.30 Traditional – £14.50 Indulgent – £18.50 (Indulgent includes glass of Prosecco) Selection of sandwiches, pastries and confections. Booking essential. To book please call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1)
The Glass Yard
Mother’s Day Lunch Sunday 11 March 2018 Celebrate how special your Mum is and treat her to a delicious lunch in The Glass Yard. Mums also receive a special glass gift. One course £10.95 Two courses £15.95 Three courses £19.95 Booking essential. To book please call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1)
Easter Sunday Lunch Sunday 1 April 2018 Celebrate Easter together in the relaxed surroundings of The Glass Yard. All children receive a chocolate gift. One course £10.95 Two courses £15.95 Three courses £19.95 Booking essential. To book please 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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