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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Watercolour Classes - Morning

08-Jan-2019 - 16-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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MUSE - Sunderland College

18-May-2019 - 08-Jun-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Skills and Techniques

01-Sep-2018 - 30-Sep-2019
National Glass Centre

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Tina Webb: Mischievous Typographies

02-Feb-2019 - 02-Jun-2019
National Glass Centre

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Northern Invasion – A Photography Exhibition by Scott Read

17-May-2019 - 22-Jun-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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NGC 21

06-Apr-2019 - 15-Sep-2019
National Glass Centre

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Watercolour Classes - afternoon

08-Jan-2019 - 16-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Community Choir – One Voice

08-Jan-2019 - 16-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Washington Youth Theatre

09-Jan-2019 - 20-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Rainforest Rascals!

14-Feb-2019 - 04-Jul-2019
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

23-May-2019 - 23-May-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Creative Age

12-Apr-2019 - 28-Jun-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Oil Painting Classes

11-Jan-2019 - 19-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Drink and Draw – Life Drawing Social

24-May-2019 - 24-May-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Gavin Webster’s District Zone Comedy Club

24-May-2019 - 24-May-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Right Track

11-May-2019 - 20-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Ignite! Flameworking

25-May-2019 - 02-Nov-2019
National Glass Centre

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Glass Tableware Club

25-May-2019 - 16-Nov-2019
National Glass Centre

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Saturday Art Club

12-Jan-2019 - 20-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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NEW! Flameworked Glass Insects

26-May-2019 - 06-Oct-2019
National Glass Centre

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Family Fusing

26-May-2019 - 26-May-2019
National Glass Centre

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May Half Term Sandcast – Owl, Hedgehog or Butterfly

27-May-2019 - 01-Jun-2019
National Glass Centre

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Celebration! Fusing

27-May-2019 - 30-May-2019
National Glass Centre

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Clay Challenge

28-May-2019 - 28-May-2019
National Glass Centre

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Birds and Fish Glass Painting

29-May-2019 - 29-May-2019
National Glass Centre

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Deep Down in the Mine

29-May-2019 - 29-May-2019
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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FREE ARTY ACTIVITIES Washington Art-Zine: Pattern and Pyrex

29-May-2019 - 01-Jun-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Bird’s Nest Billy

30-May-2019 - 30-May-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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An Evening with Fool’s Gold

30-May-2019 - 30-May-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Art Seekers

31-May-2019 - 31-May-2019
National Glass Centre

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Sunderland Folk

31-May-2019 - 31-May-2019
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Craft Fair

02-Feb-2019 - 06-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Flameworked Marbles

11-May-2019 - 03-Nov-2019
National Glass Centre

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Intermediate Ceramics

01-Jun-2019 - 17-Nov-2019
National Glass Centre

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Monoprinting

01-Jun-2019 - 01-Jun-2019
National Glass Centre

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The Davy Lamp Folk Club presents... Nancy Kerr

01-Jun-2019 - 01-Jun-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Make Your Own... Flameworked Beads

02-Jun-2019 - 17-Nov-2019
National Glass Centre

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Community Choir – The B#s

07-Jan-2019 - 15-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Sunderland Stages Writers Project

15-Apr-2019 - 03-Jun-2019
City Wide Programme

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Artistic Fused Glass

05-Jun-2019 - 30-Oct-2019
National Glass Centre

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Wor War

06-Jun-2019 - 07-Jun-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Amelia Coburn

07-Jun-2019 - 07-Jun-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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NEW!! Sculptural Flameworking Weekend - Cube & Structural Forms

08-Jun-2019 - 19-Oct-2019
National Glass Centre

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Screen Printing on Glass

09-Jun-2019 - 21-Sep-2019
National Glass Centre

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UNLOCK: Skills workshop series

11-Jun-2019 - 11-Jun-2019
National Glass Centre

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Bohemian Rhapsody – cert 12a

12-Jun-2019 - 12-Jun-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Acoustic Bowie + Queen by the Boyds

14-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Beginners Level

15-Jun-2019 - 24-Nov-2019
National Glass Centre

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1 Day Introduction to Ceramics - Throwing Technique

18-May-2019 - 20-Oct-2019
National Glass Centre

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Father’s Day Car or Fish Sandcast

16-Jun-2019 - 16-Jun-2019
National Glass Centre

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NEW!! Introducing... Glass Casting

16-Jun-2019 - 09-Nov-2019
National Glass Centre

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Father's Day Lunch

16-Jun-2019 - 16-Jun-2019
National Glass Centre

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Another England

20-Jun-2019 - 20-Jun-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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People’s Pyrex

21-Jun-2019 - 27-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Intermediate Level

23-Jun-2019 - 13-Oct-2019
National Glass Centre

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Your Aunt Fanny

28-Jun-2019 - 28-Jun-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Introducing... Ceramics

30-Jun-2019 - 28-Sep-2019
National Glass Centre

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Flameworked Glass Pendants & Earrings

12-May-2019 - 16-Nov-2019
National Glass Centre

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The Davy Lamp Folk Club presents... Martin Carthy

06-Jul-2019 - 06-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Introducing... Screen Printing on Glass

21-Jul-2019 - 12-Oct-2019
National Glass Centre

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Make Your Own... Flameworked Glass Chains

21-Jul-2019 - 21-Jul-2019
National Glass Centre

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The Last Will

25-Jul-2019 - 27-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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A Play in a Week

29-Jul-2019 - 29-Jul-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Summer Sandcast - Cat, Hedgehog, Fish or Owl

01-Aug-2019 - 29-Aug-2019
National Glass Centre

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The Davy Lamp Folk Club presents... George Welch and Stewart Hardy

03-Aug-2019 - 03-Aug-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Interface Art Summer Exhibition

09-Aug-2019 - 14-Sep-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Craft Fair

17-Aug-2019 - 17-Aug-2019
National Glass Centre

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Billy Goats Gruff

23-Aug-2019 - 23-Aug-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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NEW!! Flameworked 2D & 3D Shapes

07-Sep-2019 - 07-Sep-2019
National Glass Centre

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Introducing... Fused Glass

12-May-2019 - 30-Nov-2019
National Glass Centre

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Glass Tableware Taster Session

19-May-2019 - 01-Dec-2019
National Glass Centre

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Blackmore’s Blood

27-Sep-2019 - 28-Sep-2019
Arts Centre Washington

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Introducing... Ceramics - NEW FORMAT

28-Sep-2019 - 28-Sep-2019
National Glass Centre

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Christmas Craft Fair

23-Nov-2019 - 24-Nov-2019
National Glass Centre

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Flameworked Christmas Decorations

30-Nov-2019 - 15-Dec-2019
National Glass Centre

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Ceramic Christmas Decorations

01-Dec-2019 - 08-Dec-2019
National Glass Centre

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Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

08-Dec-2019 - 15-Dec-2019
National Glass Centre

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Christmas Themed Screen Printing on Glass

14-Dec-2019 - 14-Dec-2019
National Glass Centre

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