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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John Peter Askew ‘MӸ’

28-Sep-2021 - 16-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Re-Purpose

28-Sep-2021 - 03-Apr-2022
National Glass Centre

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FREE Daily Glass Making Demonstrations

28-Sep-2021 - 31-Dec-2021
National Glass Centre

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Winter Gardens Birthday Trail

28-Sep-2021 - 21-Oct-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Where We Are Now

28-Sep-2021 - 13-Nov-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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MA Glass and Ceramics Students’ Showcase

28-Sep-2021 - 03-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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Arts Council Collection x University of Sunderland, School of Art and Design

28-Sep-2021 - 11-Oct-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Creative Me - Free Arts and Wellbeing sessions for young people aged 13 – 18.

28-Sep-2021 - 19-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Community Choir – One Voice

28-Sep-2021 - 19-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Watercolour Classes - Morning

29-Sep-2021 - 20-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Community Choir – The B#s

29-Sep-2021 - 20-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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The Father (12)

29-Sep-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Watercolour Classes - afternoon

29-Sep-2021 - 20-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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SESSIONS

30-Sep-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Oil Painting Classes

01-Oct-2021 - 22-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Right Track

02-Oct-2021 - 11-Dec-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Washington Youth Theatre (Ages 8 - 12)

02-Oct-2021 - 23-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Washington Youth Theatre (ages 13+)

02-Oct-2021 - 23-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Saturday Art Club

02-Oct-2021 - 23-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Glass Tableware Club

02-Oct-2021 - 20-Nov-2021
National Glass Centre

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Where Is Mrs Christie?

07-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Flameworked Marbles

09-Oct-2021 - 31-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Beginners Level

09-Oct-2021 - 21-Nov-2021
National Glass Centre

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Introducing... Fused Glass

10-Oct-2021 - 14-Nov-2021
National Glass Centre

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Make Your Own... Flameworked Beads

10-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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Oh Gosh How I've Missed You

12-Oct-2021
City Wide Programme

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Nifties

13-Oct-2021 - 08-Dec-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

14-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Introducing... Ceramics - NEW FORMAT

16-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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NGC Glass Prize

16-Oct-2021 - 13-Mar-2022
National Glass Centre

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The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

21-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Spooky Museum Trail

23-Oct-2021 - 19-Nov-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Make a Glass Pumpkin - ON SALE 28 SEPTEMBER

23-Oct-2021 - 31-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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Halloween Family Fusing

23-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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Fiendish Fusing

25-Oct-2021 - 26-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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Creepy Creatures

25-Oct-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Glass Pumpkin Demonstrations

25-Oct-2021 - 29-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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Perilous Glass Painting

27-Oct-2021 - 28-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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The Haunted Museum

27-Oct-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Nomadland – (12)

27-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Artistic Fused Glass

27-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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Same Same…But Different

28-Oct-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Drink and Draw – Life Drawing Social

28-Oct-2021 - 02-Dec-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Creepy Crafty Treat Bags

29-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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Big Science SLIME Party

29-Oct-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Clay Creatures

30-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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Flameworked Glass Pendants

30-Oct-2021
National Glass Centre

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Haddock and Chips by Janet Plater

04-Nov-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Make your own Christmas Bauble - ON SALE 5 OCTOBER

06-Nov-2021 - 19-Dec-2021
National Glass Centre

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Glass Tableware Taster Session

07-Nov-2021
National Glass Centre

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Art by Post Exhibition

09-Nov-2021 - 27-Nov-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Developing Your Creative Practice Information Session

09-Nov-2021
City Wide Programme

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Provoked to Madness by the Brutality of Wealth

11-Nov-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Flameworked Christmas Decorations

13-Nov-2021 - 19-Dec-2021
National Glass Centre

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1 Day Introduction to Ceramics - Throwing Technique

20-Nov-2021
National Glass Centre

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The Last Bus – (12A)

24-Nov-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Door-to-Door Poetry: Nationwide

25-Nov-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Christmas Craft Fair

27-Nov-2021 - 28-Nov-2021
National Glass Centre

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Arts Council England Project Grants (Under 15K) Information Session

30-Nov-2021
City Wide Programme

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Festive Glass Coasters - Twilight Sessions

01-Dec-2021 - 15-Dec-2021
National Glass Centre

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Ceramic Christmas Decorations

04-Dec-2021 - 11-Dec-2021
National Glass Centre

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Festive Family Fusing

04-Dec-2021 - 11-Dec-2021
National Glass Centre

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Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

05-Dec-2021 - 12-Dec-2021
National Glass Centre

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Hansel and Gretel

09-Dec-2021 - 11-Dec-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening plus special guest The Lake Poets

10-Dec-2021
The Fire Station

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Royal Northern Sinfonia

12-Dec-2021
The Fire Station

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Mica Paris

15-Dec-2021
The Fire Station

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A Christmas Carol 

16-Dec-2021
Arts Centre Washington

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Field Music Presents: The Firestarters Revue (with special guests)

17-Dec-2021
The Fire Station

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Smoove & Turrell with special guests – The Voices of Virtue Choir, Kay Greyson and Origin Dance Crew

19-Dec-2021
The Fire Station

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Festive Fused Artworks

20-Dec-2021
National Glass Centre

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Santa's Treat Plate

21-Dec-2021
National Glass Centre

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Christmas Snowman and Snowy Owl Sandcast

22-Dec-2021 - 30-Dec-2021
National Glass Centre

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Glass Painted Artwork

23-Dec-2021
National Glass Centre

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Teddy Thompson

20-Jan-2022
The Fire Station

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Richard Dawson

22-Jan-2022
The Fire Station

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The Shires (Acoustic)

27-Jan-2022
The Fire Station

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Allison Russell

28-Jan-2022
The Fire Station

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The Diana Ross Story

05-Feb-2022
The Fire Station

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Amy Winehouse – A celebration of her life and music with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra

10-Feb-2022
The Fire Station

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A Doll's House

17-Feb-2022
The Fire Station

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The Transatlantic Ensemble perform Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

18-Feb-2022
The Fire Station

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The Monocle

19-Feb-2022
The Fire Station

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Gregory Alan Isakov

03-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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This Is The Kit

10-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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Orlando Weeks

13-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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China Crisis - Classic Crisis Tour

19-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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Gary Delaney : Gary in Punderland

26-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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Speakeasy

08-Apr-2022
The Fire Station

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Fisherman's Friends

09-Apr-2022
The Fire Station

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Luther

10-Apr-2022
The Fire Station

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The Young’uns

16-Apr-2022
The Fire Station

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The Hot Club of Cowtown

20-Apr-2022
The Fire Station

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Beth Nielsen Chapman

22-Apr-2022
The Fire Station

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Human

14-May-2022
The Fire Station

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The Futureheads - Acoustic & A Cappella

11-Jun-2022
The Fire Station

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