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After 18 months creating a brand new space for art and artists in Sunderland, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art has reopened†in†a generous 3000 square foot space inside National Glass Centre. The exhibition programme will have an initial focus on artists whose work is being created across Europe, whether made in the Alps or amongst Rome's fascist architecture, or from the most advanced laboratories in Italy to the eastern most city in the continent deep inside the former Soviet Union. The gallery's opening programme also celebrates the achievements of artists living and working in North-East England, who share new visions of how we live now. In each of its exhibitions in 2018, an artist will reveal a brand new body of work for the first time.

John Kippin: Romanitas

Preview: Friday 18 May, 6.00 - 8.00pm

Exhibition: 19 May - 24 June 2018

Romanitas reveals a brand new body of work by John Kippin, created in Rome since 2012.

Artist Talk with John Kippin & North East Photography Network

Wednesday 6 June, 6.30-8pm
The Pod, National Glass Centre

John Kippin, Untitled from Romanitas


Kelly Richardson: Pillars of Dawn

At Seaton Delaval Hall, National Trust
The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay, NE26 4QR

Preview: Bank Holiday Monday 28 May, 4.00 - 6.00pm

Exhibition: 29 May - 15 July 2018†

Please bring an exhibition card with you to secure free admittance to the preview, otherwise entrance charges apply to non National Trust members. Exhibition cards can be collected from the reception at National Glass Centre or by emailing with your address details.

Kelly Richardson, Pillars of Dawn (XII), 2015 - 2017 

Collections Gallery

NGCA is working to create a new collection of contemporary art, in partnership with National Glass Centre, with the support of University of Sunderland, Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council and other partners.†

Work from the collection is exhibited in the National Glass Centre's Collections Gallery - we are currently showing:†

Marjolaine Ryley

Work from the series Growing Up in the New Age †

23 March - 22 June 2018

The collection gallery reveals works from Marjolaine Ryley's examination of "the alternative world of 'the counterculture'" that flowered in the 'sixties and 'seventies. The series explores the freedoms that pioneering spirits sought for themselves and their families - from conventional patterns of work; from dependence on cash in favour of working co-operatively; and away from traditional 'nuclear' family structures, to live collectively.

Marjolaine Ryley, Wheatfield, from the series 'Growing Up in the New Age' (2009-13)

Fertile Ground Presents FULLY GROUNDED

Saturday 30th June, 2.30pm

Riverside Rooms, National Glass Centre

Earlybird Price: Full £7, Concessions £5 (Available until Thursday 31st May)

Price from Friday 1st June: Full £10, concessions £7

Buy tickets here.

This summer we welcome the North East's only early career repertory dance company, Fertile Ground, to present their new show FULLY GROUNDED in the National Glass Centre's Riverside Rooms.

FULLY GROUNDED is a double bill of world premieres by choreographers Regina Wielingen and Robby Graham, which explore 'borders and barriers, real and imagined, between peoples and cultures' - gritty dance for gritty times.

Fertile Ground employs dancers who are based or trained in the NE and offers performances and workshops across the North-East region and beyond, showcasing great talent, performing in theatres, galleries and outdoor spaces. Please check Fertile Ground's website for further information:

Art Seekers

Saturday 14 April - Saturday 19 May (inclusive)

Saturday 2 June - Saturday 21 July (inclusive)

Please note: There is no session on Saturday 26 May

Art Seekers is back! Join Theatre Tots North East for a series of playful sessions for your little ones! Each week we will go on an adventure to explore different artworks around the building. Armed only with our adventure packs, drawing thumbs and vivid imagination, new stories will be made and acted out with all our usual songs and silliness.

10 - 11am / Age 1-6yrs / £5 per session (£2.50 for additional siblings)
Maximum 15 children per class

To secure a place please book:
07951 866261 / or pay on the day in class.

Art Seekers - May Half Term Fun!

Thursday 31 May, 10am - 12pm
Learning Studio A

Age 1-6yrs / £3 per child / Drop-in

Join Theatre Tots North East this May half term for two hours of creative play with your little ones! We'll be getting ready for the holidays by making a giant map drawing, decorating our own postcards from Sunderland and making cardboard cameras to take with us on our travels! There will also be the usual songs and storytelling, and adventure trails around the Centre to discover more fabulous works of art!

This is a 2 hour drop-in session but participants are invited to stay for the whole session. Adventure trails will take place at 10.30am and 11.30am.††

Also, look out for our new Art Seekers summer schools - details to be announced soon!

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We are proud to work in partnership with National Glass Centre.†

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