DesignLab Nation

The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) are working with a number of museums and galleries, including National Glass Centre, to deliver a school’s programme called DesignLab Nation. The programme aims to inspire the next generation of designers and support design education in secondary schools across the UK.

Throughout the last academic year National Glass Centre worked with students attending Castle View Enterprise Academy, Oxclose Community Academy and Sandhill View Academy. The young people took part in workshops at National Glass Centre making desk sculptures inspired by the Memphis design movement. The images show the young people using a range of glass and ceramic making techniques to create their sculptures.

The programme was supported by freelance artists and members of the University of Sunderland’s Glass and Ceramics department. The young people also visited the V&A and sought inspiration from an exhibition at National Glass Centre presenting objects loaned from the V&A and work from National Glass Centre’s collection.

Visit the Centre to see a selection of the finished sculptures, which can found in the cabinet inside Learning Studio A, 28 September – 26 January 2020. Our Bring to Light exhibition, supporting this year’s DesignLab Nation programme, can be seen in our Collection Gallery until Autumn 2020.