Ghost Shop

Ghost Shop, Ryan Gander

Sunderland City Centre, 61 High Street West

On show from 26 March – 11 September

Ghost Shop is an installation which is part of National Glass Centre’s major project Glass Exchange.

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Ghost Shop, 2022 

© Ryan Gander; Courtesy of the artist and the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. 

Photography by George Darrell 

About the artist and installation

Ryan Gander OBE RA was born in 1976 in Chester and now lives and works in Suffolk.

Ryan has established an international reputation through artworks that materialise in many different forms – from sculpture to film, writing, graphic design, installation, performance and more besides. The theme of absence plays a central role in Ryan Gander’s work, with viewers encouraged to make their own associations and invent their own narrative in order to unravel the complexities staged by the artist.

Glass is the perfect material to express absence and Ryan has used the material in a simple and ambitious manner to create his new commission for Glass Exchange. Ghost Shop comments on the decline of our urban centres through the presentation of a recently abandoned betting shop. Made entirely in clear glass, the half-dismantled fixtures and fittings suggest what has been and the betting slips and food and drink wrappers create a more direct human connection.

Ghost Shop can be seen at 61 High Street West, Sunderland from 26th March until 11 September 2022.

© Ryan Gander; Courtesy Ryan Gander Studio;

Glass Exchange is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional funding from Art Fund, Henry Moore Foundation and the Coastal Communities Fund, and with thanks to the University of Sunderland and Durham Cathedral. 

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