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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
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Artist Talk - Ben Walters/Chris McHugh

Free talks by artists

Please Note: These talks will take place in Lecture Theatre 007, St Peter's Campus, University of Sunderland (2 minutes walk from National Glass Centre)

No need to book

Ben Walters gives a brief introduction to his two companies, one his personal art production (gallery and retail) and the other a design consultancy, specialising in glass manufacturing plant construction and industrial product design. He will give a brief background and short video on where his office is based in the hillside of china and how his team live and develop work in this remote location. A brief description of his journey from education into the professional glass industry. Specifically looking at good and bad decisions shaping his career and the material in hand.  

Ben will also explore international manufacturing trends and the future of newly developing art glass factory production in Asia.  He will discuss his current factory construction and detail their investment plan for the next 5 years showing how they intend to grow, develop and also move from art glass and into the construction industry.

Christopher McHugh discusses his doctoral project which is jointly based at the university and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Inspired by the museum’s collection of 19th Century Sunderland lustreware pottery, McHugh has worked with a range of local community groups, ranging from school children to British Army soldiers, in order to make a new body of ceramic artwork. Several examples of how his research and professional practice have overlapped will be discussed, including his recent placement at the National Museum of Ethnology in Japan.

During January and February the National Glass Centre is offering a series of evening talks given by professionals from the creative industries including staff from the glass and ceramics department of the University of Sunderland (which is based in the centre). These talks will provide a range of case studies of the careers of professionals in the glass and ceramics field. The talks form part of the professional practice modules developed for BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics students at the University of Sunderland based in the National Glass Centre but are also open to the public. This programme has been supported by the Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG) and Ceramics Arts Research Centre at the University of Sunderland.

Image: Detail from Chris McHugh, Heart of Jack Crawford, 2013



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