FREE Admission
Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

Listen with BrowseAloud
FREE Admission
Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

Separator National Glass Centre is part of the University of Sunderland

Duchess of Northumberland Visit National Glass Centre

Released: Wednesday 9th April 2014 at 15:55

The Duchess of Northumberland blows glass to launch new project between National Glass Centre and The Alnwick Garden.

The Duchess of Northumberland visited National Glass centre today (Wednesday 9 April) to blow her own glass bauble, launching an exciting new project between the Centre and The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

The bauble The Duchess blew will be the first bauble of a major glass artwork in the shape of a Christmas tree to be installed at The Alnwick Garden in October 2014.

The Glass in the Garden project sees National Glass Centre and The Alnwick Garden recruit 1000 participants between 21 July and 31 August, to blow the 1000 baubles required to create their impressive glass Christmas tree, in time for the installation in October 2014.

For £15 per person, each participant will be taught by National Glass Centre’s skilled glass makers, how to form and shape the glass; apply colour and pattern; and finally blow the glass into a beautiful bauble.

All baubles will then be gathered together to create the installation for public view at The Alnwick Garden from October half-term.

Every contributor to this exciting initiative will receive two free tickets to The Alnwick Garden (worth £27.50) to see the thrilling result of their hard work when it is installed. 

To take part in this opportunity to learn a new skill and be part of a large scale community project, participants can book via National Glass Centre on 0191 515 5555 (Option 9)

Booking Details

Glass in the Garden
21 July – 31 August / £15 / Age 12+
Book via National Glass centre on 0191 515 5555 (Option 9)

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
Free Admission
Free Visitor Parking

The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most contemporary gardens. The Duchess of Northumberland, whose vision it was, describes The Alnwick Garden as “an inspiring landscape with beautiful gardens, unique features all brought to life with water.” Designed by Wirtz International, it is a pleasure garden – a remarkable combination of spaces, themes, quirkiness, entertainments and play. Home to one of Europe’s largest wooden tree houses, The Alnwick Garden boasts the beauty of the Ornamental Garden, the splendour of the Grand Cascade, the mysteries of the Bamboo Labyrinth, the spell-binding water sculptures of the Serpent Garden, the intrigue of the Poison Garden, the beauty of the Cherry Orchard, and much more.

The Alnwick Garden is importantly a garden with a purpose. It is a registered charity that places people at its heart, whether they be individuals or part of a community. As well as standing for contemporary gardening excellence, The Alnwick Garden stimulates change through play, learning, the arts, healthy activity, addressing disability and the economic renaissance of a rural community. The Alnwick Garden Trust, which manages and delivers The Alnwick Garden's community projects, is dedicated to providing an exciting and varied programme that benefits people of all ages and backgrounds.

It is open daily from 10am to 7pm.

Press Contacts

National Glass Centre
Sara Harrison
0191 515 5518

University of Sunderland
Helen Franks
0191 515 3276 / 07748334928

Tony Kerr
0191 515 2099 / 07748334768

National Glass Centre
Liberty Way

T 0191 515 5555, F 0191 515 5556
Facebook: nationalglasscentresunderland
Twitter:  NGC_GlassCentre







Festive Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea in our Brasserie from £13.50 per person!

Read More

What's on this Week

Fancy paying us a visit? Find out what's on at National Glass Centre this week.

Read More

Our Glass Community

View All

Keep In Touch

Subscribe to Newsletter

Sign up to Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art mailing list too? Yes


Phone Icon

0191 515 5555

Support Us

Ways to Help

Become a Friend