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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Family Takeaway Pack: Castles and Heritage

11-Sep-2020 - 15-Nov-2020
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Business Roadmaps for Creative Companies

01-Jun-2020 - 31-Oct-2020
City Wide Programme

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Art Crush

03-Sep-2020 - 31-Mar-2021
City Wide Programme

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Looking Out, Looking In

01-Sep-2020 - 10-Oct-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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Heritage at Heart - Online Exhibition

25-Aug-2020 - 31-Mar-2021
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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October Half Term at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

16-Sep-2020 - 07-Nov-2020
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Arts Council Collection Print Display

05-Aug-2020 - 01-Nov-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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Sunderland Photographic Association

23-Jun-2020 - 30-Sep-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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One Day You’ll be Older Too

21-May-2020 - 30-Sep-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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Washington 'F' Pit: A Virtual Tour

10-Sep-2020 - 31-Dec-2020
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Creative Support Sessions for Artists / Organisations

07-May-2020 - 31-Dec-2020
City Wide Programme

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Information and Guidance for Artists, Organisations and Freelancers

29-Apr-2020 - 30-Sep-2020
City Wide Programme

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Pursuers of the Future

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

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No Strings

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

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Rebel Women of Sunderland

27-Feb-2020 - 27-Feb-2021
City Wide Programme

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Received Wisdom

01-Feb-2020 - 01-Nov-2020
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London

07-Sep-2020 - 15-Nov-2020
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Saturday Art Club

26-Sep-2020 - 24-Oct-2020
Arts Centre Washington

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Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Beginners Level

04-Oct-2020 - 13-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Communications Surgeries for Creatives

12-Aug-2020 - 30-Nov-2020
City Wide Programme

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CONNECT: Improving Communication on Digital Platforms

08-Oct-2020
City Wide Programme

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Selling Online: Mini-Course for Artists, Makers and Crafters

09-Oct-2020 - 23-Oct-2020
City Wide Programme

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Stained Glass Leaded Technique, Intermediate Level

11-Oct-2020 - 28-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Getting to Grips with ACE Project Grants

14-Oct-2020
City Wide Programme

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Talk: Lucy Chiswell on Castles:Paintings from the National Gallery

14-Oct-2020
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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Safeguarding in an online world

16-Oct-2020
City Wide Programme

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Glass Tableware Taster Session

17-Oct-2020 - 29-Nov-2020
National Glass Centre

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Adult Art Class: Sketch and Stitch from Nature

19-Oct-2020 - 22-Oct-2020
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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COVID-19: Ensuring safe and secure delivery

21-Oct-2020
City Wide Programme

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Introducing... Fused Glass

25-Oct-2020 - 07-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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Ignite! Flameworking

07-Nov-2020 - 20-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Flameworked Glass Pendants & Earrings

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

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Artistic Fused Glass

11-Nov-2020 - 24-Feb-2021
National Glass Centre

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1 Day Introduction to Ceramics - Throwing Technique

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

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NEW!! Introducing... Glass Casting

14-Nov-2020 - 21-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Christmas Craft Fair

21-Nov-2020 - 22-Nov-2020
National Glass Centre

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Flameworked Christmas Decorations

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

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Glass Tableware Club

21-Nov-2020 - 27-Feb-2021
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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Make Your Own... Flameworked Beads

16-Jan-2021 - 27-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Flameworked Marbles

17-Jan-2021 - 28-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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Introducing... Ceramics - NEW FORMAT

20-Mar-2021
National Glass Centre

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