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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Sunderland Photographic Association

23-Jun-2020 - 08-Aug-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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Bring to Light

14-Sep-2019 - 06-Sep-2020
National Glass Centre

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No Strings

21-Mar-2020 - 13-Sep-2020
National Glass Centre

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Received Wisdom

01-Feb-2020 - 10-Aug-2020
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Story Explorers

29-Jun-2020 - 30-Sep-2020
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Business Roadmaps for Creative Companies

01-Jun-2020 - 28-Jul-2020
City Wide Programme

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One Day You’ll be Older Too

21-May-2020 - 31-Jul-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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Collecting Covid-19

14-May-2020 - 31-Aug-2020
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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Pursuers of the Future

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

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Social Sing

08-Jun-2020 - 27-Jul-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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Exploring Digital Technologies for Creatives

06-Jul-2020 - 10-Jul-2020
City Wide Programme

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Painting Social – Online!

30-Jun-2020 - 28-Jul-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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Washington Youth Theatre - Online!

17-Jun-2020 - 29-Jul-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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NEW!! Sculptural Flameworking Weekend - Cube & Structural Forms

21-Mar-2020 - 11-Jul-2020
National Glass Centre

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1 Day Introduction to Ceramics - Throwing Technique

14-Mar-2020 - 27-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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NEW!! Introducing... Glass Casting

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

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Introducing... Fused Glass

22-Mar-2020 - 07-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Creative Business Advice Surgeries

28-May-2020 - 23-Jul-2020
City Wide Programme

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Ignite! Flameworking

22-Feb-2020 - 20-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Flameworked Marbles

23-Feb-2020 - 28-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Craft Fair

15-Aug-2020
National Glass Centre

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Glass Tableware Club

22-Feb-2020 - 27-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Beginners Level

15-Mar-2020 - 13-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Make Your Own... Flameworked Beads

19-Apr-2020 - 27-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Glass Tableware Taster Session

16-Feb-2020 - 29-Nov-2020
National Glass Centre

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Flameworked Glass Pendants & Earrings

08-Mar-2020 - 13-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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NEW!! Flameworked 2D & 3D Shapes

08-Feb-2020 - 03-Oct-2020
National Glass Centre

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Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Intermediate Level

22-Mar-2020 - 28-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Artistic Fused Glass

26-Feb-2020 - 24-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Christmas Craft Fair

23-Nov-2019 - 22-Nov-2020
National Glass Centre

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Introducing... Ceramics - NEW FORMAT

15-Feb-2020 - 20-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Flameworked Christmas Decorations

21-Nov-2020 - 20-Dec-2020
National Glass Centre

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Ceramic Christmas Decorations

01-Dec-2019 - 05-Dec-2020
National Glass Centre

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Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

08-Dec-2019 - 20-Dec-2020
National Glass Centre

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