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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 with a major new commission by artist Fiona Crisp.

The generous 3000 square foot space inside National Glass Centre has 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.

Fiona Crisp: Material Sight

Exhibition dates: 24 March - 13 May 2018

Fiona Crisp explores how we might encounter spaces where the frontiers of knowledge are pushed back. Material Sight is a new, large-scale commission that uses photography, moving image and sound to approach the material environments where experiments that challenge the limits of our imagination are carried out.

For more information, please visit the exhibition page.

Fiona Crisp, Save Haven†(2017)


Art and Science in Conversation
Artist Fiona Crisp talks with Professor Sean Paling, Director of Boulby Underground Laboratory

Saturday 28 April, 2pm, FREE

Professor Sean Paling, Director of Boulby Underground Laboratory, will talk about his fascinating work uncovering the secrets of dark matter in the UK's deepest working mine. His research interests include astroparticle physics, dark matter and rare-event searches, and he will be joined by artist Fiona Crisp in a discussion about how we encounter the environments where these highly complex experiments are carried out.†

Boulby Underground Laboratory is based in Cleveland and is a deep underground science facility, located 1100m below ground in Boulby Mine - a working potash, polyhalite and salt mine on the North East coast of England.

Boulby is one of just a handful of facilities world-wide suitable for hosting ultra-low background and deep underground science projects. It is a special place for science, 'a quiet place in the Universe' where studies can be carried out almost entirely free of interference from natural background radiation. It also provides access and support for studies of the geologically interesting deep underground environment.

Science projects underway at Boulby range from astrophysics (including the search for Dark Matter in the Universe), to ultra-low background material screening, studies of geology/geophysics, climate, the environment, life in extreme environments on Earth and beyond.

The discussion will take place within Fiona Crisp's exhibition, Material Sight. The event is free and no prior knowledge of science is necessary.

Artist talk with Fiona Crisp and the North East Photography Network
Wednesday 9 May, 6.30 - 8pm

Hear Fiona Crisp talk about her exhibition, Material Sight, and her practice in greater depth. The Pod, National Glass Centre

Professor Sean Paling, Director of Boulby Underground Laboratory. Image: courtesy Fiona Crisp.

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.

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

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)

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