In light of the most recent government measures to control the spread of Covid-19 virus, Arts Centre Washington, National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens will be closed to the public until further notice.

We have taken this decision in the best interests of our audiences, visitors and participants.

We will review the situation on a weekly basis and further updates will be posted on our social media and website channels.

Anyone who has pre-booked for activity or events between 19 March and 31 May will be contacted directly.

For those who have an activity booked after 31 May, we are reviewing the situation on a weekly basis and will contact you nearer the time.

If you have any queries, please contact us on [email protected]

Please bear with us whilst we process the volume of requests and thank you for your support.

We recognise that it is a very difficult time for everyone right now.⁠ While our venues are closed, we are busy working on a plan for our digital channels to bring you some interesting and inspiring content, old and new, which we hope will help brighten your days during this period. Keep an eye on our social media platforms for content coming soon, and in the meantime, stay safe.

Sunderland Culture is a registered charity. We rely on generous support so that everyone who lives, works or visits Sunderland can experience world-class culture. Making a donation will help to ensure our City’s cultural offer can emerge from this challenge more vibrant than ever.

You can support us by visiting our Just Giving page.

Thank you for your support during this difficult time.

 

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Our Venues

Arts Centre Washington

Arts Centre Washington provides a year round programme of theatre, music, comedy, dance, film, exhibitions as well as a whole range of classes and courses from salsa dancing to scale model making. We also house artists’ studios, a recording studio and rehearsal rooms. The centre is available to hire for private functions and corporate events.

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City-wide Programme

From high-wire spectacles across the River Wear to intimate theatre performances in hidden spaces, our city-wide programme offers an exciting range of activities and events for everyone to enjoy. Taking place outside of our main venues some of our recent events have included, Wonderlooper on the new Northern Spire Bridge, Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea on Roker Beach for Armistice 2018 and our Great Place programme.

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The Fire Station

Sitting in the heart of Sunderland’s Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter, next to the Empire Theatre, our newest venue The Fire Station opened its doors as a centre for performance in the city centre offering dance classes, theatre workshops and Heritage Centre. The Engine Room bistro and bar offers high quality dining in the setting of the former engine room. We look forward to opening a brand new mid-scale auditorium in 2021.

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National Glass Centre

An iconic free cultural attraction situated on the banks of the River Wear, National Glass Centre celebrates the origins, growth and history of glass making in Sunderland. Explore the city’s rich history of glass making and enjoy our international exhibitions programme, which presents the work of leading contemporary artists in glass and ceramics. Join us for one-to-one Glass Blowing Experiences, or take part in one of our family friendly glass making, jewellery or craft classes. Feel the heat of our 1100 degree furnaces during one of our free daily glass blowing demonstrations. Enjoy a bit of retail therapy in our Shop, or treat yourself to lunch in our Riverside cafe, The Glass Yard.

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Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

The new Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) reopened in March 2018 at National Glass Centre. The Gallery’s opening programme celebrated the achievements of artists living and working in North-East England, who share visions of how we live now. Each of these exhibitions revealed a brand new body of work. We also celebrate NGCA’s 50th anniversary in 2021 - having been one of the first contemporary art galleries in the UK. NGCA with National Glass Centre began a new collection of contemporary art for the city of Sunderland.

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Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend a day, giving you lots to see and do. Situated in the heart of the city, the museum has four floors of galleries and exhibitions. Learn the story of the city and its people and of fascinating worlds beyond. Our programme of special exhibitions features both local and national collections, brought here through links with national museums. Regular events and activities for all ages, as well as our beautiful newly refurbished shop and cafe mean that there are so many reasons for you to visit us time and time again.

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