Update to visitors 

As you may be aware, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and National Glass Centre visitor centre have recently been closed due to storm damage to the riverside front of the building.

However, we’re delighted to say that we are now open!

Things will be a little bit different for a while as we continue to address the storm damage to the riverside front of the building. But our team has worked hard to make changes so that we can offer visitors a packed programme of exhibitions, events, activities and shopping.

Please read our reopening information before your visit.

What's On

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Jeremy Deller - The Battle of Orgreave Screening

Sun 21-Jul-2024 - Sun 03-Nov-2024
National Glass Centre

Ian Macdonald Fixing Time Exhibition

Sun 21-Jul-2024 - Sun 03-Nov-2024
National Glass Centre

Chainmaille Bracelet Making

Sun 21-Jul-2024 - Sun 18-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

FREE Daily Glass Making Demonstrations

Sun 21-Jul-2024 - Wed 31-Jul-2024
National Glass Centre

People’s Art

Sun 21-Jul-2024 - Sun 01-Dec-2024
National Glass Centre

Bernard Lloyd Collection

Sun 21-Jul-2024 - Sun 08-Sep-2024
National Glass Centre

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art Collection Display

Sun 21-Jul-2024 - Tue 31-Dec-2024
National Glass Centre

Changing Childhoods Trail

Mon 22-Jul-2024 - Sat 14-Sep-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Portrait Station!

Mon 22-Jul-2024 - Sat 24-Aug-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Ian Macdonald: Fixing Time

Mon 22-Jul-2024 - Sat 04-Jan-2025
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Root Notes

Mon 22-Jul-2024 - Mon 02-Sep-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

History Mondays

Mon 22-Jul-2024 - Mon 19-Aug-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Glass Fused Birds or Fish

Mon 22-Jul-2024 - Mon 02-Sep-2024
National Glass Centre

Washington: Fact, Fiction and Folklore Exhibition

Tue 23-Jul-2024 - Sat 07-Sep-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Washington 60

Tue 23-Jul-2024 - Sat 31-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Rock and Coal: Retro Album Covers

Tue 23-Jul-2024 - Thu 25-Jul-2024
City Wide Programme

Rock and Coal: Retro Album Covers

Tue 23-Jul-2024 - Thu 25-Jul-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Glass Painted Postcard

Wed 24-Jul-2024 - Wed 21-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

The Ballad of the Crocodile and the Underpass - Community Podcasting Sessions

Wed 24-Jul-2024
Arts Centre Washington

‘Wonderful Wings and Stupendous Stings’ Bees and Butterflies Garden trail and crafts!

Wed 24-Jul-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

The Sword and the Stone + Make Your Own Cardboard Sword and Wand!

Wed 24-Jul-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Sunderland Film Club presents... Ratcatcher

Wed 24-Jul-2024
City Wide Programme

Wonderful Welly-Boot Planters

Thu 25-Jul-2024
National Glass Centre

Drink and Draw – Life Drawing Social

Thu 25-Jul-2024 - Thu 15-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

"Stained Glass" Dragonfly

Fri 26-Jul-2024 - Sat 24-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Big Science Parties

Fri 26-Jul-2024 - Fri 16-Aug-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

1 Day Introduction to Ceramics - Handbuilding Technique

Sat 27-Jul-2024 - Sat 31-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Stained Glass and Copper Foil Botanicals

Sat 27-Jul-2024 - Sat 31-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Flameworked Marbles

Sat 27-Jul-2024 - Sat 18-Jan-2025
National Glass Centre

Embroidered Winter Gardens with Louise Goult

Sat 27-Jul-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Glass Tableware Taster Session

Sun 28-Jul-2024 - Sun 03-Nov-2024
National Glass Centre

Tie Dyeing T-Shirts (Ages 10-13)

Tue 30-Jul-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Tie Dyeing T-Shirts (Ages 14-18)

Tue 30-Jul-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Tie Dyeing for Adults

Tue 30-Jul-2024
Arts Centre Washington

‘Bug-‘tastic’ facts and crafts!

Wed 31-Jul-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Nifties

Wed 31-Jul-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Beatlemania! with Sharon Vincent

Wed 31-Jul-2024
Arts Centre Washington

The Ballad of the Crocodile and the Underpass – Summer Songwriting Sessions

Thu 01-Aug-2024 - Fri 02-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Rock’n’Roll Tote Bag Printing

Thu 01-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Mr Drayton's Record Player - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Thu 01-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Glass Painted Pets

Fri 02-Aug-2024 - Fri 30-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Arty Fridays

Fri 02-Aug-2024 - Fri 23-Aug-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

First Friday Folk

Fri 02-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

1 Day Introduction to Ceramics - Throwing Technique

Sat 03-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Introducing... Fused Glass

Sat 03-Aug-2024 - Sun 19-Jan-2025
National Glass Centre

2 Day Flameworking Skills and Sculptural Form

Sat 03-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Sunderland Teenage Art Market

Sat 03-Aug-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Sandcasting: Car, Fish, Butterfly, Owl

Tue 06-Aug-2024 - Tue 20-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Classic Album Collaging

Tue 06-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Acrylic Painting and Collage

Wed 07-Aug-2024 - Wed 21-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Bear’s Museum Adventure: Daring to Dinosaur

Wed 07-Aug-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Decorate a Ceramic Bee Feeder

Thu 08-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Rock'n'Coal Family Choir

Thu 08-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Mr Drayton's Record Player - Rumours

Thu 08-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Tie Dye T-Shirts

Tue 13-Aug-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Create a Ceramic Coaster

Wed 14-Aug-2024 - Thu 22-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Bug hunting in the Community Garden!

Wed 14-Aug-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Kiln Formed Glass

5 week course

Thu 15-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Mr Drayton's Record Player - Transformer Vs. Is This It

Thu 15-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Five

Thu 15-Aug-2024 - Sat 17-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Glass Tableware Club

Sat 17-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Photography Walk – Our Industrial Heritage

Sat 17-Aug-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Grow Your Own Pizza

Wed 21-Aug-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

James and the Giant Peach + Make Your Own Giant Peach!

Wed 21-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Relaxed Life Drawing in the Granary

Thu 22-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Sunderland Film Club presents... Summer of Soul

Thu 22-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Hot Glass Studio Sale

Sat 24-Aug-2024 - Mon 26-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

"Stained Glass" Butterfly Wings

Wed 28-Aug-2024
National Glass Centre

Sunderland Film Club presents... Morvern Callar

Wed 28-Aug-2024
City Wide Programme

Mr Drayton's Record Player - Made in Washington

Thu 29-Aug-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Tuesday Museum Club: September 2024

Tue 03-Sep-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Threads

Tue 03-Sep-2024 - Tue 01-Oct-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Creative Age

Wed 04-Sep-2024 - Wed 23-Oct-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Celebrate Different Collective

Wed 04-Sep-2024 - Wed 30-Oct-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Who Cares

Thu 05-Sep-2024 - Sat 07-Sep-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Heritage Open Days: Vintage Bus Tour

Sat 07-Sep-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Heritage Reels – A Passion for Vaux

Wed 11-Sep-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Occupational Hazard

Thu 12-Sep-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Songs from this City

Sat 14-Sep-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

10 Week Ceramics Course

Tue 17-Sep-2024
National Glass Centre

Peoplescapes - An exhibition by David Baillie

Thu 19-Sep-2024 - Sat 26-Oct-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Sunderland Film Club presents... Mayor

Thu 19-Sep-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Mini Science Club

Fri 20-Sep-2024 - Fri 18-Oct-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Eco Trail

Sat 21-Sep-2024 - Sat 12-Oct-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Sunderland Film Club presents... We Need to Talk About Kevin

Wed 25-Sep-2024
City Wide Programme

Flameworked Pendants

Sun 29-Sep-2024
National Glass Centre

Tuesday Museum Club: October 2024

Tue 01-Oct-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Othello

Thu 03-Oct-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Ecofest Sunderland

Sat 05-Oct-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

The Hidden Garden

Thu 10-Oct-2024
Arts Centre Washington

QWEEN UK

Sat 12-Oct-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Spooky Ships Trail

Sat 19-Oct-2024 - Sat 09-Nov-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Fused Glass Snow Globes

Sat 19-Oct-2024 - Tue 19-Nov-2024
National Glass Centre

Dashing Dahlias with Fiona McKeown

Sat 19-Oct-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Fused Glass Christmas Decorations

Sun 20-Oct-2024 - Sun 17-Nov-2024
National Glass Centre

Daisy Donald

Thu 24-Oct-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Sunderland Film Club presents... Much Ado About Dying

Thu 24-Oct-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Flameworked Christmas Decorations

Sat 26-Oct-2024 - Sun 15-Dec-2024
National Glass Centre

Flameworked Beads

Sun 27-Oct-2024 - Sun 19-Jan-2025
National Glass Centre

Spooky Science Parties

Mon 28-Oct-2024
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Sunderland Film Club presents... The Work

Thu 21-Nov-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Nightmares

Thu 28-Nov-2024
Arts Centre Washington

Tinsel

Tue 03-Dec-2024 - Sat 07-Dec-2024
Arts Centre Washington

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