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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Online Workshops for Creative Companies

01-Jun-2020 - 14-Dec-2020
City Wide Programme

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Paint the Town In Sound

21-Nov-2020 - 21-Feb-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Rebel Women of Sunderland

27-Feb-2020 - 27-Feb-2021
City Wide Programme

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Washington 'F' Pit: A Virtual Tour

10-Sep-2020 - 31-Dec-2020
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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Gifted 20

24-Oct-2020 - 10-Jan-2021
National Glass Centre

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No Strings

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

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Creative Support Sessions for Artists / Organisations

07-May-2020 - 31-Dec-2020
City Wide Programme

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Pursuers of the Future

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

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Communications Surgeries for Creatives

12-Aug-2020 - 30-Nov-2020
City Wide Programme

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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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The Next Step

24-Oct-2020 - 19-Dec-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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Panto Trail

02-Dec-2020
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Painting Social – Online!

11-Nov-2020 - 16-Dec-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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Arts Council Collection Print Display

03-Dec-2020
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Washington Youth Theatre - Online!

17-Jun-2020 - 12-Dec-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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Creative Business Advice Surgeries

28-May-2020 - 09-Dec-2020
City Wide Programme

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Make Your Own... Flameworked Beads

16-Jan-2021 - 27-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Glass Tableware Club

16-Jan-2021 - 27-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Introducing... Fused Glass

25-Oct-2020 - 07-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Flameworked Marbles

17-Jan-2021 - 28-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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1 Day Introduction to Ceramics - Throwing Technique

23-Jan-2021 - 27-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Ignite! Flameworking

31-Jan-2021 - 20-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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NEW!! Introducing... Glass Casting

06-Feb-2021 - 21-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Flameworked Glass Pendants & Earrings

13-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Beginners Level

04-Oct-2020 - 13-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Artistic Fused Glass

24-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Intermediate Level

11-Oct-2020 - 28-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Introducing... Ceramics - NEW FORMAT

20-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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