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Visit May – September 2014 3 Solo Shows Revised Museums at Night Summer Holiday Fun and more... Free Admission and Free Visitor Parking Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00

Evil Egil (2011), De La Torre Brothers, Photographer: K. Vrancken


3 Solo Shows Revised De La Torre Brothers, Richard Meitner and Petr Stanický 17 May – 14 September

Artists Petr Stanický, Richard Meitner and the De La Torre Brothers have each been given space at National Glass Centre to present a ‘solo show’. The result is three exhibitions presenting great contrast in terms of glass making technique, artistic approach and cultural influence. The De La Torre Brothers’ work ranges from hot glass to lenticular printing. Their influences include traditional Mexican folk art, popular culture, art history and their Catholic upbringing. Petr Stanický’s work is comparatively architectural and can relate as much to the space that it creates as it does to his use of glass and other materials. At National Glass Centre he has responded to the architecture of the building, creating new site-specific work.

Artist and Curator Talk Curator Jeroen Maes and artists the De La Torre Brothers, Richard Meitner and Petr Stanický discuss the exhibition / 14 May / 16.00 – 18.00 / Lecture Theatre 007, Prospect Building, St. Peter’s Campus, University of Sunderland 02

Acknowledged internationally as a master of glass, Richard Meitner’s work links Surrealism with simple pure form. It combines humour, science and humanity and uses strong but delicately balanced colour and material combinations. The majority of work shown has been created for this exhibition and represents the most recent development in his practice. The exhibition was curated by Jeroen Maes, Artistic Director at GlazenHuis, the Flemish Centre for Contemporary Glass Art. It was originally shown at GlazenHuis during the summer of 2013 and has been revised by Jeroen Maes for National Glass Centre.

Museums at Night Join us on 17 May for a family fun day, artist talks and glass blowing demonstrations by the De La Torre Brothers, followed by a Mexican themed fiesta into the evening! (more detail on Page 6).

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Image: NUTS (2013), Richard Meitner, Photograph; Ron Zijlstra Supported by

This exhibition has been realised with the support of Czech Centre London

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National Art and Design Saturday Club

Glass and Ceramics Degree Show

The National Art and Design Saturday Club is a scheme for 14-16 year olds to nurture the members’ creative talents, build confidence and introduce them to pathways into further and higher education, and careers in the creative industries.

Emerging artists from the BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics degree course will be making their debut this June with their degree show. The show features the work of final year students who have used glass and ceramics to express themselves in a world of visual and tactile art and represents the culmination of three years of hard work and learning. The range of work showcases the great diversity of glass and ceramics and a wide range of techniques. The exhibition shows a diverse range of ideas and themes including expressive sculptures of the human form, pieces inspired by dancing with glass, memories of the illusive ‘perfect day’ and the notion of fragility expressed through intricate powdered glass pattern.

2 April – 15 June

From October 2013, up to twenty-five young people from all over the North East have attended the National Art and Design Saturday Club at National Glass Centre. The Club Members have worked on a variety of projects in various disciplines, under the guidance of the University of Sunderland’s expert tutors and lecturers. They have also had the opportunity to attend an inspirational master class with internationally renowned ceramicist Magdalene Odundo. This exhibition brings together the Club Members’ two-dimensional group work which explores the concepts of abstraction and mark making.

7 – 15 June

Image: Work in progress, Emma Baker, Photographer: Cate Watkinson

Image: Young people taking part in the National Art and Design Saturday Club


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International Print Biennale

Dan Klein and Alan J Poole Collection

21 June – 10 August

Until 31 August

As part of the International Print Biennale artist Julie Roch-Cuerrier, has been selected to take part in a ten-day residency at National Glass Centre to explore the potential of printing on glass. The resulting work will form the basis of an exhibition shown on our Learning Studio gallery wall. As part of the Biennale, research group spacesocialspace will fill the Priestman Gallery in Sunderland with billboards, presenting a series of images developed by the group, working as a single author.

This summer will be the last chance to view the stunning Dan Klein and Alan J Poole Collection, on loan to National Glass Centre from National Museums Scotland. The collection showcases 74 pieces by 54 different British Studio Glass artists, outlining the progression of the British Studio Glass Movement from the 1960s through to the present day. Image: Dan Klein and Alan J Poole Collection

The full International Print Biennale programme is available at Image: The National Geographic Atlas of the World (2013), Julie Roch- Cuerrier

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Museums at Night

17 May / 10.00 – 22.00 / Free

For the first time, museums and galleries will be open late as they take part in the exciting national initiative Museums at Night.

Join us in our Brasserie in the evening for a Mexican fiesta, in association with ¡VAMOS! Festival.

For one night only National Glass Centre, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art will be open late with a range of fun activities for all the family.

Enjoy a delicious Mexican themed tapas menu, live music from a traditional Mariachi band and salsa dancing while the sun goes down!

National Glass Centre will be hosting a FREE family fun day with a variety of fun activities themed around our exhibition Three Solo Shows Revised. Activities include themed children’s craft, storytelling and face painting, make your own pendant necklace workshops and spectacular glass blowing demonstrations by Mexican glass artists the De La Torre Brothers.




Glass in the Garden

21 July – 31 August / 1hr slots / £15 / Age 12+

A fantastic opportunity to learn glass blowing skills and contribute to a major glass artwork at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland. We need 1,000 baubles to create a stunning glass bauble Christmas tree for display in The Alnwick Garden and we want you to help!

Every contributor to this exciting initiative will receive an invitation to an exclusive launch event to see the artwork revealed and two additional free tickets to The Alnwick Garden (worth £27.50). Demand for these experiences is expected to be high so book your place now on 0191 515 5555 (Option 9).

We will teach you how to form and shape the glass; apply colour and pattern and blow the glass into a beautiful bauble. The bauble will then be used in a magnificent glass Christmas tree at The Alnwick Garden from October half-term. This is a great chance to have a go at glass blowing, learn a new skill and to contribute to a very special artwork! Please note: all baubles created will form part of the Christmas tree and will therefore be unavailable to take home.

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BUY Our shop stocks a fantastic range of glass, ceramics and jewellery, with many items hand crafted by local artists, including our National Glass Centre Studio Range, made here at the Centre. You can shop online at Image: Lindean Mill Glass


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BUY National Glass Centre is delighted to collaborate with The Contemporary Glass Society to bring you work from eight exciting new artists this summer. Our showcases provide a fantastic opportunity for you to purchase a piece of unique and handcrafted contemporary glass by both well known and up and coming artists. All works will be for sale in our shop.

Catherine Keenan and Lindean Mill Glass 2 May – 12 June Catherine makes brightly coloured glass vessels with layers of glass and cutting techniques. Lindean Mill Glass is the partnership of Annica Sandstrom and David Kaplan who are based in the Scottish Borders and make handblown vases and sculptural pieces full of colour.

Rachel Elliott and Stewart Hearn 14 June – 24 July Rachel makes delightful screen printed glass animals and bowls using water jet cutting. Stewart makes contemporary blown glass utilising old techniques such as encalmo layering in beautiful colours. Image: Owl Jugs, Stewart Hearn

Image: Eye Candy, Blue and Green, (2014), Catherine Keenan

Crispian Heath and Ingrid Hunter 25 July – 4 September Crispian kiln-forms his sculptural pieces which are inspired by landscape and Ingrid makes complex kiln formed objects including perfume bottles inspired by history. Image: Bird , Crispian Heath

Keeryong Choi and Cathryn Shilling 6 September – 16 October Keeryong uses techniques inspired by ancient pottery making to produce vessels which are highly decorative but also rich in meaning. Cathryn makes both sculptural and decorative work inspired by the qualities of glass, especially fluidity and intensity of colour. Image: Concordance, Cathryn Shilling

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Craft Fair 3 May / 10.00 – 16.00 To raise vital funds for their end-of-Degree Exhibition, final year students of this year’s Glass & Ceramics degree course will be holding a Craft Fair in The Pod at National Glass Centre. University Open Days 7 June and 19 August The University of Sunderland organise a number of open days throughout the year. Open days are a great way to find out more about the course you are interested in and see the University and City for yourself. Visit opendays/ to find out more.

Father’s Day 15 June Celebrate Father’s Day at National Glass Centre. Little ones can make a beautiful glass painted tile on 14 or 15 June (see page 17) and you can book dad a delicious meal in our Brasserie (see page 13 for details). Sunderland Big Bike Ride 18 May Sunderland Big Bike Ride leaves from St Peter’s Campus this year. Cyclists can take advantage of our new bike hoops and book for a delicious, re-fuelling Sunday lunch in our Brasserie after the race. All cyclists that book for Sunday lunch, will receive a free reflective bicycle clip! Sunderland Big Walk 14 September We will be open from 9.00 on the day of Sunderland Big Walk and walkers can purchase tea and coffee from our entrance ramp prior to taking part.


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The Wedding Wonder Show 19 June / 18.15 – 21.00 / £2 per person, £6 family of four, £1 Concession, Under 13 go free / Tickets on the door For happy couples arranging their special day, we’re holding a wedding fair, with exhibitors from a range of companies and National Glass Centre’s wedding team on hand to answer any questions. Seamless organisation and exceptional hospitality are all of the ingredients required for the perfect wedding. Top that off with our sumptuous menus and attention to detail, it’s easy to see why so many couples fall in love with National Glass Centre.

Unfolding Theatre and Sunderland Stages present Lands of Glass 31 July / 19.30 / £8.50 or £6 Concession / Tickets available via Arts Centre Washington call 0191 219 3455 Ever heard a glass orchestra? Join us for a remarkable music theatre premiere that brings best-selling Italian novelist Alessandro Baricco’s wonderful world of imagination to UK audiences for the first time, featuring live music played on specially created glass instruments: marimbas, chimes, bells, even a Sauvignon-blancophone.

“Thrillingly talented people” Guardian Winner: Northern Stage Title Pending award

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Stories of Glass in Sunderland

Free Glass Making Demonstrations

Sunderland has a rich heritage of glass making that dates back to 674AD. Benedict Biscop, founder of Wearmouth-Jarrow monastries, brought skilled craftsmen from Gaul to create the first stained glass window in England for St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth. Using compelling personal stories from local people and striking audio visual display, this interactive exhibition charts the origins, growth and legacy of glass making in the City.

“Amazing to see glass being made in front of my very eyes”

Permanent Exhibition

Heritage Talk: Ecclesiastical Glass in Sunderland 21 June / 12.30-13.30 / Free Michael Johnson, Lecturer in Design History at Northumbria University will deliver a free public talk on imagery and symbolism in Ecclesiastical glass in Sunderland.


Our amazing glass blowing, lathe and flame working demonstrations are free and run every day. Experience the heat of our 1000 degree furnace and watch our expert glass making team craft stunning pieces before your eyes. You can even have a go at making something yourself with our glass blowing experiences. 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)

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Open daily for breakfast lunch and afternoon tea: 10.00 – 17.00 “Such a warm welcome. Delicious coffee, beautiful views”

FATHER’S DAY 15 June / 3 courses £15.95, 2 courses £12.95, Single course £8.95 / Booking essential Show your Dad how much you care with a sumptuous Father’s Day feast with fine wines available for every palate at National Glass Centre Brasserie. All Dads will receive a bottle of National Glass Centre’s own brew, Prince Rupert’s Drop. SUNDAY LUNCH Every Sunday / 12.00 – 14.30 / 3 courses £15.95, 2 courses £12.95, Single course £8.95 Booking Essential

AFTERNOON TEA Daily / 14.30 – 16.30 / £13.50pp / £19pp (including a glass of pink champagne or wine) / Booking Essential BOOK A TABLE To book for any of the above call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1) CHRISTMAS PARTIES Whether it’s your office Christmas party, a family and friends get together or an intimate dinner, National Glass Centre is the perfect location for your festive gathering. Bookings for festive parties are now being taken. Call 0191 515 5555 (Option 5) or email That’s not all! For sample menus and full details of all our events and activities visit

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Introducing... Ignite! Flameworking 3 May / 10.00 – 16.00 / £50 Introducing... Glass Engraving 6 May / 18.00 – 21.00 / £35 Make Your Own... Microwave Jewellery 10 May / 13.00 – 16.00 / £25 Make Your Own... Glass Bead Pendant (Part of Museums at Night) 17 May / 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00 / £20 Make Your Own... Flameworked Marbles 24 May / 10.00 – 16.00 / £50 5 Week Course... Glass Engraving 3 June – 1 July / 18.00 – 21.00 / £110 5 Week Course... Glass Jewellery Club 5 June – 3 July / 10.00 – 13.30 or 17.45 – 21.15 / £110 Make Your Own... Flameworked Glass Jewellery 7 June / 10.00 – 16.00 / £50 Introducing... Enamelled Jewellery 7 June / 13.00 – 16.00 / £25 Introducing... Silver Jewellery 8 June / 13.00 – 17.00 / £30 Introducing... Stained Glass 14 June / 13.00 – 17.00 / £55 14

Introducing... Silver Casting Jewellery 15 June / 13.00 – 16.00 / £31 5 Week Course... Silver Jewellery Club 16 June – 14 July / 10.00 – 13.30 / £150 Bend Me Shape Me Flameworking 21 June / 10.00 – 16.00 / £60 Introducing... Silver Clay Jewellery 22 June / 13.00 – 17.00 / £36 5 Week Course... Artistic Fused Glass 23 June – 21 July / 18.00 – 21.00 / £125 Introducing... Decal Transfers 28 June / 13.00 – 15.00 / £20 Make Your Own... Microwave Jewellery 5 July / 13.00 – 16.00 / £25 Stained Glass Weekend 12 and 13 July / 10:00 – 16:00 / £80 Booking for our Adult Courses and Classes is essential. For further information and to book visit or call 0191 515 5555 (Option 9)

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Tim Shaw Masterclasses Three day courses led by international glass artist Tim Shaw. Level 1 (Beginners) 3 – 6 July and 11 – 13 July / £315 A three day course concentrating on gathering, blocking, marvering, making paperweights, blowing baubles, attaching punties and basic colour application (powders and grains) trails etc. Working in pairs, the participants will develop their skills and create their own work to take away at the end of the course. This course is suitable for people new to glass or those with a little experience.

One to One Glass Blowing Experiences Full Day: £179 These day long experiences will give you an unparalleld insight into glass making and teach you the basics of this age old craft. You will finish the day having created a beautiful range of glass objects that you have personally hand-crafted. Taught by our friendly and knowledgeable expert glassmakers, you will blow a selection of glass objects, including paperweights, bowls, vases and baubles to take home and keep. Available throughout the year.

Image: Vulcan, Tim Shaw

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Family Activities “A fun activity! My glass painting will make my Grandad happy!” Help Whimsey discover his past at National Glass Centre with our fun trail for all the family! Our special Adventure Backpacks are a way for you and your family to explore our Centre at your own pace. You can also visit our new Gillian Dickinson Learning Studio where you will find colouring activities and a range of fun toys for the little ones.


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Family Activities

Father’s Day Glass Painting Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 June / 10.30 – 11.45 / £5 / Age 4+ / Booking essential

Amusing Fusing* Wednesday 23 July and 6 & 20 August / 10.15 – Noon / £12 / Age 6+ / Booking essential

MAY HALF-TERM HOLIDAYS Amusing Fusing* Monday 26 May / 10.15 – Noon / £12 / Age 6+ / Booking essential

Sandblasted Panel Wednesday 30 July and 13 August / 10.30 – Noon / £10 / Age 5+ / Booking essential

Butterfly Mobile Making Tuesday 27 May / 10.30 – 15.00 / £2 / Age 3+ / Drop-in Creative Coasters* Thursday 29 May / 10.30 – Noon / £10 / Age 6+ / Booking essential Glass Painting Friday 30 May / 10.30 – 15.00 / £3 / Age 4+ / Drop-in SUMMER HOLIDAYS Creative Coasters* Every Monday from 21 July until 25 August / 10.30 – Noon / £10 / Age 6+ / Booking essential

Butterfly Mobile Making Every Thursday from 24 July to 28 August / 10.30 – 15.00 / £2 / Age 3+ / Drop-in Glass Painting Every Friday from 25 July to 29 August / 10.30 – 15.00 / £3 / Age 4+ / Drop-in *work needs to be collected at a later date Unless otherwise stated as ‘Drop-in’ booking is essential. For further information and to book visit or call 0191 515 5555 (Option 9)

Felt Hand Puppets Every Tuesday from 22July to 26 August / 10.30 – 15.00 / £3 / Age 3+ / Drop-in Free Admission and Visitor Parking / Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00


“A wonderful surprise! Didn't know anything about glass before we came – now seen it all happen. Much better than a ‘boring’ museum” “5 out of 5 – we’ll definitely come back”


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VISIT BOOK Booking is essential for most of our Family Activities, Adult Courses and Classes and our Glass Making Experiences. Online: Call: 0191 515 5555 (option 9) 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.

Free Admission Free Visitor Parking Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00 Last admission 16.45 It is recommended that you allow at least three hours to make the most of your visit. Follow the brown road signs for National Glass Centre or type SR6 0GL into your sat nav. Nearest Metro Station: St Peter’s. For a more detailed map and directions visit

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