Glass Exchange

26 March – 11 September

Visitor Notice

Ghost Shop on High Street West is currently undergoing repairs and maintenance which mean the installation is temporarily unavailable to view. Visitors are instead advised to visit National Glass Centre where they can view elements of the Ghost Shop installation as part of the Glass Exchange exhibition. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Bringing together ground-breaking contemporary artists, with some of the most highly skilled glass makers in the country, Glass Exchange presents four ambitious new works across the North East, in sites ranging from Durham Cathedral to a disused shop in Sunderland Centre. 

Over the past 24 months artists Pascale Marthine Tayou, Katie Paterson, Monster Chetwynd and Ryan Gander have been working with specialist teams at National Glass Centre to realise their ideas. This fascinating process of artistic and technical exchange is documented in a brand-new exhibition at National Glass Centre.  

The four critically acclaimed contemporary artists have been collaborating with Sunderland-based artists who are experts in working with glass to exchange skills and knowledge.  

Glass Exchange is a major celebration of Sunderland’s role as a world-leading centre for artistic practice in glass, regularly working with artists of international standing. 

About the installations

Colonial Ghost
Pascale Marthine Tayou
National Glass Centre
The Life of St. Bede
Monster Chetwynd
Durham Cathedral
The Moment
Katie Paterson
Durham Cathedral
Ghost Shop
Ryan Gander
Sunderland City Centre
National Glass Centre exhibition
Glass Exchange image gallery

Glass Exchange is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional funding from Art Fund, Henry Moore Foundation and the Coastal Communities Fund, and with thanks to the University of Sunderland and Durham Cathedral. 

This project is part of Lindisfarne Gospels 2022 – a programme of events inspired by the display of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the North East in autumn 2022. On loan from the British Library, the spectacular manuscript will take centre stage in an exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne from 17 September – 3 December 2022. www.lindisfarnegospels2022.com