Released: Monday 8th July 2013 at 12:52
National Glass Centre, which opened last weekend, following a six month period of re-development, received a record number of visitors during their first two days of being open to the public.
National Glass Centre smashes target visitor numbers over opening weekend
On Saturday and Sunday 4,435 people visited the new look cultural attraction, 25% higher than their forecasted visitor numbers.
The weekend also saw over 350 sandblasted coasters, tumblers and tiles created by visitors at free family workshops and over 100 people attend free calligraphy workshops.
James Bustard, Director of National Glass centre said:
‘We are delighted with the number of visitors that we welcomed to the new look National Glass Centre over our opening weekend and in the days afterwards. We have received an unprecedented amount of excellent feedback from our visitors and overwhelming endorsement for our new exhibitions and learning activities from the public, artists, cultural partners, stakeholders and the media. A definite highlight for the weekend was seeing artist Erwin Eisch, whose work is the focus of our opening exhibition, talking to our visitors in the new Gallery and signing and personalising copies of his book for them. It just goes to show how much support there is in the region for our attraction and we are looking forward to building on this success in the future.’
Visitors were encouraged to leave comments cards and staff at the centre we’re overwhelmed with the positive feedback that the Centre received from the public, who were impressed by the glass making demonstrations , workshops and new exhibition spaces:
‘It was a great experience. It was a fun and entertaining day out. There was lots to do and I would definitely come back again’
‘Brilliant new re-imagining of the space. Now truly a national destination!’
‘An asset to Sunderland’
My practice is interdisciplinary combining drawing, sculpture and film.
Head of Enterprise, Commissioning & the Studio
I am Head of Enterprise, Commissioning and the Studio at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, England and am a member of the Senior Management Team.
I am an Israeli artist based in the UK working primarily in kiln cast glass.
Glass Maker and Artist
I have worked at National Glass Centre since finishing my degree in 2005.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Sara Jo Harrison joined National Glass Centre in 2012 to support the Centre's marketing and Communications strategy.
My work uses a range of media which acknowledges the interface between both traditional practice and new media.
Learning and Engagement Officer
Rachel joined National Glass Centre in 2007 to support the Centre's learning and engagement programme having completed MA Glass the previous year.
Kalki Mansel is one of National Glass Centre's resident glass artists.
Artist in Residence
Glass Sculpture and Design
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