National Glass Centre Celebrates Anniversary With £1million Funding Success
The National Glass Centre and University Of Sunderland have been awarded £1,045,891 as part of the Art Council England’s National portfolio which should secure the Glass Centre’s future until 2018.
This comes a year after the centre was re-opened, following a £2.3 million re-development. The centre has so far seen 200,000 visitors and are set to break their target of 220,000 visitors.
James Bustard, Director of The National Glass Centre, was very pleased with the funding, he said: “This is fantastic news for National Glass Centre and is testament to Arts Council England’s ongoing commitment to developing access to the arts and culture in the city of Sunderland. We are looking forward to working in close partnership with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art over the next three years to further improve the city’s contemporary art and craft provision.”
The centre has already had 17 exhibitions so far and plans more in the next three years. There are also plans to bring exhibitions from Northlands (in Scotland) and collections from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma (USA), as well as bringing contemporary glass art festival GLASSTRESS to England.
A collaborative show with NCCA and the Museum and Winter Gardens will also be drawn from the Arts Council and Craft Council Collections.
Since the re-opening in June 2013, the National Glass Centre have worked with 64 schools and held 32 adult courses.
They will also be continuing their work to deliver joint programmes aimed at children and young people, including a Sorrell Foundation initiative that gives young people aged 14–16 the unique opportunity to study art and design every Saturday morning at their local college or university, free of charge.