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Visit October 2013 – December 2013 Jeffrey Sarmiento / Design Week Christmas Events and more... Free Admission and Visitor Parking Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00




National Glass Centre

Create:Digital – Part of Northern Design Festival 2013

Jeffrey Sarmiento Constructions

Inspiring people to learn about, make and enjoy contemporary glass

5 October – 10 November

5 October – 5 January

Premiering at National Glass Centre, Constructions is a mid-career solo exhibition of new work by Jeffrey Sarmiento, supported by a publication and an international tour. Jeffrey Sarmiento’s sculptures utilise glassmaking technologies both ancient and modern to express the complexities that underpin cultural identity. For Constructions Jeffrey is creating works that explore image, object and architecture, uncovering identity through multiple cultural settings. Constructions makes us re-consider our cultural identity through image and object. Artist Talk: 28 November 2013 / 12.00 – 14.00 / Riverside Suite / Free Book Launch: 28 November 2013 / Visit Centre, 2012, Jeffrey Sarmiento. Image: David Williams

‘Brilliant new re-imagining of the space. Now truly a national destination!’ With over 60,000 visitors in our first 2 months of re-opening and 85% of our visitors rating us as 5 out of 5 stars, National Glass Centre has really got something to shout about!

As part of the Northern Design Festival, Create:Digital presents the work of twelve designers combining creativity with digital technology to produce innovative products. The exhibition will feature pieces formed using a range of processes from 3D printing to coding.

Create:Digital highlights surface, jewellery and product design that pushes the boundaries of new manufacturing techniques and recognises the role of digital data in our lives. Featured designers include Michael Young, Interaction Research Studio, Dominic Wilcox, Silvia Weidenbach and Timorous Beasties.

Create:Digital is curated by Olivia Ahmad, Design Event. Design Event is supported by Arts Council England. Post Opal, 2013, Sylvia Weidenbach. Image: Sofus Graae


Free Admission and Visitor Parking / Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00

Free Admission and Visitor Parking / Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00



HAN Gallery

16 November – 5 January


Colin Rennie Digital-Glass Interface

23 November – 5 January

The Social: Encountering Photography is the first festival of international contemporary photography and lens-based media in north-east England. It will bring together new commissions and UK premieres, with iconic bodies of work from leading international practitioners in museums, galleries and found spaces across the region. LONG GALLERY Inge Panneels The Map-i: Blue Marble Project 12 OCTOBER – 17 NOVEMBER The Map-i: Blue Marble project is a series of new glass works by artist and academic Inge Panneels. Inspired by aerial photography and maps it explores the relationship between the 2D map and the 3D globe. Artist Talk: 7 November 2013 / 12.00 – 12.30 / Pod / Free Map-I: Micro Macro, 2010 , Inge Paneels. Image: Kevin Greenfield

John Kippin Ships That Pass HAN is a distinct Chinese character referring to one of the oldest dynasties in China and is associated with a period of knowledge, production and wealth. With Dutch designer and innovator Gijs Bakker as their Creative Director, HAN Gallery supports and promotes Eastern designers whose work links contemporary design and ancient culture.

An exhibition showcasing new work by Colin Rennie, Programme Leader for BA(Hons) Glass and Ceramics. Paying homage to the age of enlightenment, Colin’s work is experimental. It explores the singular pursuit of an idea or dream, whilst considering the relationship between our understanding of the digital world and the physical object.

Brick Plan, 2010, Rock Wang. Image: William Chen and Maciej Korbas

Colin’s work blends 3 dimensional modelling and analysis with traditional glassblowing skills and techniques, creating work which is both modern and nostalgic. Artist Talk: 5 December 2013 / 12.00 – 12.30 / Pod / Free Emitter (detail), 2013, Colin Rennie. Image: Colin Davison

18 OCTOBER – 16 NOVEMBER A major new commission for The Social: Encountering Photography, this large-scale photographic work is installed in our riverside window and references 600 years of shipbuilding on the River Wear. Ships that Pass (detail), John Kippin, 2013


You Are The Company Which You Keep 28 SEPTEMBER – 23 FEBRUARY Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will host an exhibition revealing the diverse ways in which photographers and artists using lens-based media have created images that map out our new social networks. Tim Mitchell’s A Fish Out of Water will be exhibited in our Long Gallery after his exhibition at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. A Fish Out Of Water, Tim Mitchell


Free Admission and Visitor Parking / Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00

Free Admission and Visitor Parking / Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00




Dan Klein and Alan J Poole Collection

Stories of Glass in Sunderland

On loan to National Glass Centre for one year from the National Museums of Scotland, this exhibition showcases 74 pieces by 54 different artists from the Dan Klein and Alan J. Poole Collection. Dan Klein was elected Professor of Glass and Ceramics at the University of Sunderland in 1996 and continued to work for the Glass and Ceramics department until 2007. This impressive selection presents the work of some of the leading British Studio Glass artists, outlining the progression of the British Studio Glass Movement from the 1960s through to today.

Sunderland has a rich heritage of glass making that dates back to 674AD. Benedict Biscop, founder of the twin monastic settlements of Wearmouth-Jarrow, 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.

Until 29 June 2014

Permanent Exhibition

Stories of Glass in Sunderland Audio Visual Drum. Image: Colin Davison

Dan Klein and Alan J Poole Collection © National Museums Scotland. Image: Colin Davison


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Have a Go!

Free Glass Making Demonstrations

Our Glass Making and One-to-One Glass Blowing Experiences offer everyone the opportunity to try their hand at blowing their own glass object, no matter what their skill level.

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. You can even have a go at making something yourself with our glass blowing experiences.

‘A truly unique and fascinating experience’

Try your hand at blowing your own Christmas Bauble (more on page 12), or book one of our more intensive One - to- One Experiences. For further information visit

FLAME WORKING: 11.00 and 15.45 (15 mins) GLASS BLOWING OCTOBER – DECEMBER: 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00 (30 mins) GLASS LATHE: 13.00 (30 mins)

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Family Activities


Help Whimsy 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 Studios where you will find colouring activities and a range of fun toys for the little ones. Children and young people of all ages can get creative and crafty at our Family Workshops. These hands on sessions include glass painting, glass fusing and sandblasting, in addition to themed workshops for Halloween and Christmas (see pages 10 – 13 for further information). That’s not all! Visit for a full list of all our Family Workshops and Activities. Age restrictions may apply.



Whether you’re looking for a fun, One off taster workshops, which offer an affordable first insight into a specific glass or one-off experience or a longer ceramic technique. course to develop your skills, Make Your Own... our range of Adult, Classes and Courses allow you to progress at One off glass and ceramics workshops for your own pace. They offer a great all abilities. Create a finished piece by the end of the day. opportunity for you to learn from the region’s best professional Weekly Courses practising artists in a relaxed Develop your design ideas and hone your skills to and friendly environment. produce stunning results with our 5 and 6 week glass and ceramics courses.

That’s not all! For full details of all our Adult Courses and Classes and to book visit or call 0191 515 5555. Age restrictions may apply.

Master Classes Intensive courses, aimed at the more experienced artist. Full demonstrations will be followed by hands on time with the equipment and materials.

Glass Jewellery by Midori Shinmura


Free Admission and Visitor Parking / Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00

Free Admission and Visitor Parking / Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00



Halloween at National Glass Centre Celebrate Halloween with us on 31 October for a whole day of Halloween themed fun, with spooky snacks available in our Brasserie!

Trick or Treat Sandblasting 29 & 31 OCTOBER / 10.30 – 15.00 / £4 / DROP-IN ANYTIME / AGE 4+ Make your own creepy sweet jar. Decorated with your spooky sandblasted design!

Hotel Transylvania 29 & 31 OCTOBER / 15.00 – 16.30 / £1.50 / PAY ON THE DOOR / PG CERTIFICATE Get in the mood for Halloween with our special spooky screening of family favourite Hotel Transylvania!

Halloween Hand Puppets 28 & 30 OCTOBER / 10.30 – 15.00 / £3 / DROP-IN ANYTIME / AGE 3+ Make a monster or creepy creature!

The Tastes and Trends of Autumn TASTECLUB 10 OCTOBER / 19.00 – 23.00 / £40 – £50 / BOOKING ESSENTIAL A one off masterclass in the arts of foraging and charcuterie. Our award winning Head Chef shows you how to prepare hearty, autumnal recipes, while giving you the opportunity to indulge in a mouth-watering array of dishes over the course of the evening finished off with a cheese board and accompanied by the finest wines. £50 or £40 for TASTECLUB members, SAFC season card holders and friends of National Glass Centre. Book via our Brasserie on 0191 515 5555 or at

Chilling Tales 31 OCTOBER / 11.30 – 15.00 / FREE / DROP-IN ANYTIME Professional storyteller Gary Cordingley tells chilling tales to send a shiver down your spine!

Glass Pumpkin Demonstrations 28 OCTOBER – 3 NOVEMBER / 13.30 / FREE / DROP-IN Halloween themed glass blowing demonstration in our Hot Glass Studio.

That’s not all! For full details of our activities and to book visit


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Christmas at National Glass Centre

Festive Fusing

Frosted Winter Panel

Festive Parties

14 DECEMBER / 10.15 – 12.00 / £10 / BOOKING REQUIRED / AGE 6+ Create a beautiful pair of festive fused glass decorations using a variety of brightly coloured glass.

3 JANUARY / 10.15 – 12.00 / £10 / BOOKING REQUIRED / AGE 4+ Create a frosty sandblasted glass panel!

THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS IN DECEMBER Soak up the stylish, laid back ambience of National Glass Centre Brasserie this Christmas. Get together with family, friends or colleagues to enjoy a sumptuous festive feast.

Sandblasted Decorations 21 & 22 DECEMBER / 10.30 – 15.00 / £3 / DROP-IN ANYTIME / AGE 4+ Create a colourful decoration to hang up at home.

Glass Painted Decorations 23 DECEMBER / 10.30 – 15.00 / £3 / DROP – IN ANYTIME / AGE 4+ Design and paint a unique Christmas decoration – perfect to give as a gift this Christmas!

Seasonal Shopping Event 7 NOVEMBER / 10.00 – 20.00 20% off All Shop Product. Pick up your Christmas Gifts early this year and enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine at our Late Night Seasonal Shopping Event.

Blow a Christmas Bauble EVERY WEEKEND 2 NOVEMBER – 29 DECEMBER / £24.99 / BOOKING REQUIRED / AGE 13 + Our popular Blow your own Christmas Bauble Sessions are back! Bring the family along and start a new Christmas tradition!

To Book for any of our activities or events: Visit Call 0191 5155555 12

Free Admission and Visitor Parking / Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00

Book via our Brasserie on 0191 515 5555.

Christmas Quiz Night 7 DECEMBER / 19.00 Get your festive thinking caps on for our ever popular Christmas Quiz Night! Festive buffet and quiz £15 per person. Book via our Brasserie on 0191 515 5555.

A Flavour of Christmas with TASTECLUB 14 NOVEMBER / 19.00 – 23.00 Our Head Chef Patrick Lesca and his team, help you to perfect a mouth watering Christmas Feast. Sharing some of his best-kept secrets and tips, Chef will guide you through his recipes before you indulge in four delicious tasting courses, matched to four superb wines, all selected with your Christmas dinner in mind. Price £50 or £40 for TASTECLUB members, SAFC season card holders and friends of National Glass Centre. Book via our Brasserie on 0191 515 5555 or at

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Contemporary Glass Society Conference 12 – 13 OCTOBER The Contemporary Glass Society Conference will bring together leading artists and glass specialists to give their own perspective on the question of art and technique.

University of Sunderland Open Days 18, 19 OCTOBER AND 9 NOVEMBER If you are interested in studying glass and ceramics at degree level come and take a look around. Our open days let you tour our facilities, talk to current students and staff and really get a feel for life on campus.

Monthly Glass and Ceramics Tours 3 OCTOBER, 7 NOVEMBER, 5 DECEMBER / 1.00 – 1.30 / FREE A chance to see behind the scenes of the glass and ceramics department at the University of Sunderland, based at National Glass Centre. Meet at Visitor Services Desk.

Artist Talks Programme OCTOBER – JANUARY Our programme of free artist talks offer an opportunity to meet the artists exhibiting with us this season and get a fascinating insight into their work.

Cate Watkinson 3 OCTOBER / 12.00 – 12.30

Inge Paneels 7 NOVEMBER / 12.00 – 12.30

Jeffrey Sarmiento 28 NOVEMBER /12.00 – 14.00

Colin Rennie 5 DECEMBER / 12.00 – 12.30


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Enjoy a delicious, locally sourced meal, in one of the most stylish and attractive eateries in the North East. Open for breakfast, lunch and weekend, evening dining, our Brasserie serves a wonderful mix of traditional regional fayre, accented with a modern twist. Open Daily: 10.00 – 17.00 Friday evening: 17.00 – 23.00 (early evening special 17.00 – 19.00) Saturday evening: 19.00 – 23.00 Sunday Lunch 12.00 – 14.30 To book a table or for more information call 0191 515 5555.

EVENING DINING Searching for a new place to dine this weekend then look no further than our Brasserie. With its sleek new décor and relaxed ambience it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a dish from one of our mouthwatering menus. Indulge in one of our delicious signature dishes or try an early evening special from the Looking Glass menu, all prepared using fresh, locally sourced produce. SUNDAY LUNCH Relaxing with family and friends over a chilled glass of wine and a delicious roast lunch is what Sundays are made for. Soak up the laid back, stylish ambience of our Brasserie, with its floor to ceiling windows creating a light and airy feel, the perfect setting to enjoy a traditional roast dinner. That’s not all! For sample menus and full details of all our events and activities visit

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SHOP 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.

Our Autumn/Winter Showcase presents beautiful pieces by contemporary jewellery makers and designers who use cutting edge techniques. Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon uses silver, gold and textile elements in her work (pictured). She has recently been experimenting with glass elements here at National Glass Centre and we are proud to present her new range of glass and silver jewellery for the first time. Remember, you can browse and buy our range of gifts and artworks at home, visit


Free Admission and Visitor Parking / Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00

Love Glass? Become a Friend of National Glass Centre from as little as £20 per year. There are lots of ways you can support National Glass Centre and help us to continue inspiring people through contemporary glass, but our Friends scheme is certainly one of the most rewarding!

From just £20 per year you can become a Friend of National Glass Centre and enjoy many exclusive benefits including discounts, special activities, events and previews and our jam packed Friends newsletter Reflections, full of interesting articles about glass and ceramics. That’s not all! For details of other ways you can support us visit


VISIT BOOK Booking is essential for most of our Family Activities, Adult Courses and Classes and for our Glass Making Experiences. Visit: Call: 0191 515 5555 Email: ACCESS National Glass Centre has wheelchair access to all areas. 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

CONTACT National Glass Centre Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL 0191 515 5555

It is recommended that you allow at least two hours to make the most of your visit.

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Follow the brown road signs for National Glass Centre or type SR6 0GL into your sat nav. Nearest Metro Station: St Peter’s.

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MAKE A DAY OF IT There’s plenty to do nearby including The Riverside Sculpture Trail, St Peter’s Church, Roker Beach and Marina, Roker Park outdoor play area, Monkwearmouth Station Museum and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Or you could visit our partner gallery Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

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BLOW YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS BAUBLE! EVERY WEEKEND THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER – DECEMBER / £24.99 / AGE 13+ Start your own Christmas tradition or make a unique gift for someone special. Book now on 0191 515 5555

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