Exhibitions

Our world-class exhibitions programme presents work by leading glass and ceramics artist.

Our exhibition programme focuses on the presentation of modern and contemporary work in glass and ceramics, specifically work from 1900 to date, exploring the development of contemporary practice and presenting this work within the context of recent history. Our exhibitions demonstrate excellence in glass and ceramics from around the world and closer to home, with many of our exhibitions featuring work produced within our own Glass and Ceramics Department at the University of Sunderland.

Our exhibitions are for everyone from the under-fives to university professors and they change regularly, with themes varying from familiar and entertaining to challenging and enlightening. We enjoy working with a wide range of partners including our local community, artists and other museums and galleries who all play an essential role in the development and delivery of our exhibition programme, bringing the best in glass and ceramics art to the North East.

Our programme also supports the creation of new artwork exploring the potential of glass and maintaining Sunderland’s historic reputation as a world leader in the development and production of glass.

On your visit you can also enjoy our permanent gallery, ‘Stories of glass in Sunderland‘ which explores the history of glassmaking in Sunderland.

View all of our current contemporary exhibitions below.

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Pursuers of the Future

20-Apr-2020 - 20-Apr-2021
City Wide Programme

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Creative Support Sessions for Artists / Organisations

07-May-2020 - 17-Mar-2021
City Wide Programme

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Story Explorers

29-Jun-2020 - 08-Aug-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Heritage at Heart - Online Exhibition

25-Aug-2020 - 31-Mar-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Paint the Town In Sound

21-Nov-2020 - 07-Jul-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Winter Gardens: A Virtual Tour

14-Jan-2021 - 14-Apr-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Arts Council Collection Print Display: Selected by We Make Culture’s Young Musicians Project

09-Feb-2021 - 31-Jul-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Family Takeaway pack: Paint the Town in Sound

11-Feb-2021 - 01-May-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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No Strings

21-Mar-2020 - 01-Apr-2021
National Glass Centre

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Susan Philipsz: The Internationale

03-Mar-2021 - 11-Apr-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Information and Guidance for Artists, Organisations and Freelancers

29-Apr-2020 - 31-Mar-2021
City Wide Programme

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Youth Arts Exhibition 2021: Bright Lights

13-Feb-2021 - 10-Apr-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Painting Social – Online!

17-Feb-2021 - 17-Mar-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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City-wide Cultural Conversation

10-Mar-2021
City Wide Programme

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Washington Youth Theatre - Online!

13-Feb-2021 - 20-Mar-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Poems of Town

27-Feb-2021 - 27-Mar-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Disability Equality Training with Little Cog

23-Mar-2021
City Wide Programme

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Lyrics/Poetry Writing Workshop

03-Apr-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Song Writing Workshop

07-Apr-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Crafting a Character/Persona Workshop

10-Apr-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Srijoni

18-May-2021 - 03-Jul-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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