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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No Strings

21-Mar-2020 - 12-Sep-2021
National Glass Centre

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Story Explorers

29-Jun-2020 - 08-Aug-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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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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Youth Arts Exhibition 2021: Bright Lights

13-Feb-2021 - 16-Sep-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Virtual Exhibition: Paint the Town in Sound

08-Mar-2021 - 06-Jul-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Paint the Town in Sound Podcasts

12-Apr-2021 - 07-Jul-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Srijoni

18-May-2021 - 07-Jul-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Welcome Back Trail

29-May-2021 - 10-Jul-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Coastal Quiz

24-Jun-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Oil Painting Classes

21-May-2021 - 16-Jul-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Washington Youth Theatre

22-May-2021 - 17-Jul-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Right Track

29-May-2021 - 17-Jul-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Saturday Art Club

22-May-2021 - 17-Jul-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Watercolour Classes - Morning

19-May-2021 - 14-Jul-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Creative Business Advice Surgeries

30-Jun-2021 - 18-Aug-2021
City Wide Programme

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The Actors Forge Foundations Course

01-Jul-2021 - 19-Aug-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Life Drawing Class

20-May-2021 - 01-Jul-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Online Creative Business Planning Sessions

06-Jul-2021 - 13-Aug-2021
City Wide Programme

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