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|Posted: Fri May 24, 2013 6:10 pm Post subject: 'Your memories in glass' project, National Glass Centre
|'Your memories in glass' project, National Glass Centre
The National Glass Centre has just launched this community project to celebrate the re-launch in June. They have requested stories and memories from people, about Sunderland, and Cate Watkinson is turning them into a beautiful glass artwork, for exhibition on the NGC reopening at the end of June. Fuller details are below,
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Reshaping your memories of Sunderland in glass
National Glass Centre has invited the people of Wearside to help play their part in its multi-million pound transformation by sharing their stories and compelling memories of Sunderland. These memories are being reshaped to create a unique glass exhibition, called ‘Your Sunderland’, which will be unveiled when the newly refurbished venue on the banks of the River Wear is re-opened in the summer.
The £2.2m redevelopment which National Glass Centre is currently undergoing will allow it to fulfil its potential as a cultural visitor attraction of international standing, as well as strengthen its relationship with the people who live, work and socialise in Sunderland and become a valued asset to the culture of the local community.
To play a part in this relationship, ‘Your Sunderland’ invited the people of Wearside to tell National Glass Centre what the area means to them. From these memories, glass artist Cate Watkinson, a senior lecturer in architectural glass at the University of Sunderland, is bringing ‘Your Sunderland’ to life, by designing a beautiful, colourful glass exhibit, created using new and traditional glass-making techniques.
The exhibit will be showcased on the wall leading into the Learning Studio when National Glass Centre reopens in June, and will remain on display until the Autumn, when it will then become part of the University’s Study Collection and forever embedded into the history of the building.
National Glass Centre redevelopment at the University of Sunderland has been made possible after successfully attracting £750,000 from Arts Council England’s Large Capital Programme, £337,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £50,000 from the Foyle Foundation. This, coupled with the £975,000 investment from the University of Sunderland, illustrates a significant commitment to the development of the arts in the City.
The investment will contribute towards an ambitious redevelopment project, which will see major improvements to the Centre’s gallery and learning spaces. It will also contribute to the cost of the addition of new electric furnaces in the Centre’s integrated Hot Glass Studio, which will improve the Centre’s environmental sustainability and significantly reduce its carbon footprint.
The project will focus on a new heritage gallery within the centre that will be created alongside an extensive range of learning activities. The new exhibition spaces, which will showcase the origins of glass, the growth of the glass industry and the legacy of glass making in Sunderland, will help boost the Centre’s visitor numbers and enable more people to come in and enjoy this important part of the nation's heritage.
National Glass Centre
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