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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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King Arthur – The Panto

21-Jan-2022 - 29-Jan-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Flameworked Glass Pendants

22-Jan-2022
National Glass Centre

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Fossils to Fuel Family Trail

22-Jan-2022 - 12-Mar-2022
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Re-Purpose

22-Jan-2022 - 03-Apr-2022
National Glass Centre

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FREE Daily Glass Making Demonstrations

22-Jan-2022 - 30-Jun-2022
National Glass Centre

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Washington Youth Theatre (Ages 8 - 12)

22-Jan-2022 - 19-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Where There’s Space To Grow

22-Jan-2022 - 12-Mar-2022
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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It's All in the Technique

22-Jan-2022 - 13-Mar-2022
National Glass Centre

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Anthony Amoako-Attah: Transition IV Online Exhibition

22-Jan-2022 - 04-Jun-2022
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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NGC Glass Prize

22-Jan-2022 - 13-Mar-2022
National Glass Centre

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Right Track

22-Jan-2022 - 19-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Saturday Art Club

22-Jan-2022 - 19-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Washington Youth Theatre (ages 13+)

22-Jan-2022 - 19-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Glass Tableware Club

22-Jan-2022 - 16-Apr-2022
National Glass Centre

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The Prince Bishops of Durham

22-Jan-2022
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Richard Dawson

22-Jan-2022
The Fire Station

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Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Beginners Level

23-Jan-2022 - 24-Apr-2022
National Glass Centre

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Getting to Grips with the new ACE Project Grants

24-Jan-2022
City Wide Programme

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Creative Writing Course with WEA

25-Jan-2022 - 15-Mar-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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

25-Jan-2022 - 22-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Community Choir – One Voice

25-Jan-2022 - 15-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Bright Lights Young Artists Collective

25-Jan-2022 - 01-Mar-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Watercolour Classes - Morning

26-Jan-2022 - 16-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Community Choir – The B#s

26-Jan-2022 - 16-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Nifties

26-Jan-2022 - 23-Mar-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Watercolour Classes - afternoon

26-Jan-2022 - 16-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Guided Mindfulness Meditation with The Little Company of Calm

27-Jan-2022 - 17-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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The Shires (Acoustic)

27-Jan-2022
The Fire Station

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Oil Painting Classes

28-Jan-2022 - 18-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Glass Tableware Taster Session

30-Jan-2022 - 24-Apr-2022
National Glass Centre

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Drink and Draw – Life Drawing Social

03-Feb-2022 - 07-Apr-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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The Diana Ross Story

05-Feb-2022
The Fire Station

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Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Intermediate Level

06-Feb-2022 - 03-Apr-2022
National Glass Centre

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Introducing... Ceramics - NEW FORMAT

06-Feb-2022 - 19-Mar-2022
National Glass Centre

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The Proposal- Will You Fund Me? A Fundraising Workshop with Hannah Matterson

08-Feb-2022
City Wide Programme

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Finding Your Feet (12)

09-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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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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Youth Arts Exhibition 2022: Bright Lights

11-Feb-2022 - 02-Apr-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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February Creative Co-working and Artist Support Sessions

15-Feb-2022
City Wide Programme

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Artistic Fused Glass

16-Feb-2022
National Glass Centre

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Kodo One Earth Tour 2022: Tsuzumi

16-Feb-2022
The Fire Station

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Gong Bathing

17-Feb-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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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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Artful Bodies

21-Feb-2022
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Super Selfie Portraits

23-Feb-2022
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Fantasy Gardens

25-Feb-2022
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Gregory Alan Isakov

03-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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These Hills Are Ours

03-Mar-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Go Now! The Music of the Moody Blues

04-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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NEW!! Sculptural Flameworking Weekend - Cube & Structural Forms

05-Mar-2022
National Glass Centre

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1 Day Introduction to Ceramics - Throwing Technique

06-Mar-2022 - 23-Apr-2022
National Glass Centre

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Little Women (U)

09-Mar-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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This Is The Kit

10-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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BBC Radio 3 New Music Show

12-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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Flameworked Marbles

13-Mar-2022 - 02-Apr-2022
National Glass Centre

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Orlando Weeks

13-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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I, Elizabeth

17-Mar-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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The Wilson Family The Wilson Family plus special guest Holly Clarke

18-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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China Crisis - Classic Crisis Tour

19-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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Bill Laurance Trio

23-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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Gary Delaney : Gary in Punderland

26-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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Introducing... Fused Glass

27-Mar-2022
National Glass Centre

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Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

27-Mar-2022
The Fire Station

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Stitch In Time: A Knitting Cabaret

30-Mar-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Amelia Coburn

01-Apr-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Make Your Own... Flameworked Beads

03-Apr-2022
National Glass Centre

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23 Walks (12)

06-Apr-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Speakeasy

08-Apr-2022
The Fire Station

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Flameworked Geometric Forms and Light

09-Apr-2022
National Glass Centre

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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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Sunderland Indie: Earth Requiem pt 1/ A Place Unknown

12-Apr-2022 - 28-May-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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The Boy and the Seahorse

14-Apr-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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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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Sunset Sons

21-Apr-2022
The Fire Station

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Beth Nielsen Chapman

22-Apr-2022
The Fire Station

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Flook

29-Apr-2022
The Fire Station

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100% SOUL!

30-Apr-2022
The Fire Station

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Emma (U)

04-May-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Hold On, Let Go

05-May-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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Girls, Girls, Girls

26-May-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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A Way Home

09-Jun-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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The Futureheads - Acoustic & A Cappella

11-Jun-2022
The Fire Station

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Hedge

25-Jun-2022
Arts Centre Washington

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A Doll's House

13-Oct-2022
The Fire Station

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Woman to Woman - Judie Tzuke, Beverley Craven, Julia Fordham & Rumer

21-Oct-2022
The Fire Station

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Milton Jones: Milton Impossible

09-Nov-2022
The Fire Station

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