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Prestigious Business Award for National Glass Centre

Released: Friday 11th October 2013 at 10:49

National Glass Centre at The University of Sunderland wins Special Commendation ‘Business of the Year’ Award at Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards 2013

National Glass Centre was presented with the award at a glittering ceremony, in front of a packed audience at the Stadium of Light on Thursday 10 October.    

The Centre was presented with the special commendation just before the winner of Overall Business of the Year was announced.  The Centre was commended for the quality of the design and attention to detail of their recent £2.3 Million Re-development and their visitor focussed ethos and the quality of the visitor experience.

James Bustard, Director of National Glass centre said:  “We are thrilled to have received this important award which recognises the transformation of National Glass Centre now part of the University of Sunderland. We have welcomed over 90,000 visitors since our re-opening at the end of June – an all time record for the Centre. Our staff and, as  a centre of learning,  our students have all contributed to making National Glass Centre the vibrant  centre of excellence we are so proud of”.

Notes to Editors

National Glass Centre 

National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland reopened its doors on 29 June 2013 following an ambitious £2.3m redevelopment programme.

The Centre is one of the UK’s leading institutions for contemporary glass, celebrating Sunderland’s unique glass-making heritage, presenting a rich temporary exhibition programme and facilitating international level research in new approaches to glass and ceramics.

To achieve this vision, National Glass Centre successfully attracted £750,000 from Arts Council England’s Large Capital Programme, £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £100,000 from the Sir James Knott Trust and £50,000 from the Foyle Foundation. This, coupled with a significant investment from the University of Sunderland, illustrates a significant commitment to the development of the arts in the City of Sunderland.

This investment has led to the doubling in size and extensive modernisation of the Centre’s exhibition and learning studios, better meeting the needs of the visitor, schools and groups. The Centre’s new main gallery now meets nationally recognised standards for environmental conditioning and security.

The redevelopment sees a complete overhaul of the Centre’s exhibition spaces which will enable it to present work by the highest calibre artists and to work in partnership with international museums and galleries. The Centre will host three major exhibitions annually and up to 15 smaller scale exhibitions in the new gallery spaces. It will also have a ‘rotating museum’ which will present a selection of high profile glass and ceramics collections on a yearly basis.

National Glass Centre is Open Daily: 10.00 – 17.00
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