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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.


Art Seekers

Saturday 2 June - Saturday 21 July (inclusive)

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


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