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Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art welcomes families into the gallery. We offer a range of events designed for all members of the family, parents, carers and children.  These include activities during school holidays, activity sheets for the exhibitions and drop-in family fun days with other cultural organisations across Sunderland. 

Whilst the gallery is in transition to University of Sunderland, we will deliver family activities in the National Glass Centre and offsite around the city.

Calling all Story Seekers!

Join Theatre Tots and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art for a summer of creative play. Each week we will go on an adventure through Chad McCail's epic drawing 'Liars of Earth', exploring the creative landscape, meeting jungle giants and bringing buildings to life - 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.

* Perfect for your little creatives aged 1- 6yrs
* £4 per session (£2 for additional siblings)
* Duration 1hr
* Max 15 children per session
* All children must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

Bookings can be made in advance or just drop in on the day.

Sign up for all 5 sessions and get 1 free! Bookings can be made by phone or in person at reception.
Call 0191 568 9700

Classes will run at the National Glass Centre on:   

Monday 31st July, 10-11am - Learning Studio A

Story Seekers Pack Up and Go
Join us on an adventure to explore Chad McCail's epic drawing - armed with adventure packs and binoculars, little ones will go on a secret mission and follow footsteps through the gallery to find the jungle giants!

Wednesday 9th August, 10-11am - Riverside B

Feed the Animals
Join us on a secret mission to find all the fruits in Chad McCail's drawing, then follow the footprints to find the animals - a slithery snake, a cow with huge horns and a gigantic lizard!  

Monday 14th August, 10-11am - Learning Studio A

Weather Warning
Discover the different types of weather shown in Chad McCail's 100ft long drawing - little ones will sing the weather song as they trek along the gallery to find fluffy clouds, thunder and lightning and a swirling tornado!

Monday 21st August, 10-11am - Learning Studio A

Save the Planet
Join us on a special mission to save the planet! We will discover all the different forms of transport in the drawing - cars, boats, planes and trains, and rescue the little people from the monstrous giants!

Monday 28th August, 10-11am - Learning Studio A

Moving Buildings
Inspired by Liars of Earth, help your toddler work as part of a team and make a moving, robotic building out of recycled materials to transport people to safety.


Do you have baby changing facilities?

Baby changing facilities are available on the upper floor of National Glass Centre.

How do I get to the current exhibition?

NGCA is currently showing a 100ft long drawing by Chad McCail called 'Liars of Earth' in National Glass Centre's Long Gallery. The Long Gallery is on the upper floor of the building.

How can I find out about family activities?

We publicise our family events through print and on our website, Facebook page and Twitter.  If you would like to receive e-mails about upcoming events for families, please sign up to our mailing list here. 

Are the exhibitions suitable for children?

The majority of the artwork in our galleries is for all ages to enjoy.  Occasionally there may be work which is unsuitable for young children; if this is the case we will put a sign in the gallery advising parents and carers to check the work first.

What else is there for families to do?

Our current exhibition is situated in the National Glass Centre, so why not explore National Glass Centre's galleries, learning spaces and regular glass-blowing demonstrations too! 

Is there a café onsite?

Yes - The Glass Yard at National Glass Centre serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Choose from a range of delicious home cooked signature dishes and daily specials, complemented by guest beers and wines from around the world.

Open Daily: 10.00 - 17.00