Fresh look for art show

Jenny Payne, Gallery Learning Facilitator with Negative Entropy by Colin Rennie.'Kith and Kin; New Glass and Ceramics (part2) exhibition at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
Jenny Payne, Gallery Learning Facilitator with Negative Entropy by Colin Rennie.'Kith and Kin; New Glass and Ceramics (part2) exhibition at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
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A POPULAR art exhibition has evolved to offer a snapshot into Sunderland life.

Since opening at the National Glass Centre (NGC), Kith and Kin has proved popular with visitors.

Combining glass and ceramics, it brought together the two art forms, which both share traditions and histories.

Now NGC has taken the unusual step of evolving the exhibition by giving artists the chance to add to it or change their work.

Professor Kevin Petrie, who teaches glass and ceramics at Sunderland University, said: “Relationships between family and friends change over time and the same is true of an artists’s relationship to ideas and materials.

“To reflect this, we have offered the unique opportunity for these artists to evolve their work throughout the exhibition.”

The refreshed exhibits include David Cushway who presents a new take on his original photographic series.

In it, North East residents are pictured at home with a ceramic possession they have a personal connection with.

They were then asked to retell the story behind the object while being photographed.

Andrew Livingstone’s animation and series of blue and white willow pattern plates of Belfast shipyards have been updated to include a new Sunderland plate featuring Wearmouth Bridge and referencing pink lustre, the hallmark of Sunderland-ware.

Christopher McHugh’s Crinson Jug has been made in response to an inquiry made by Howard Forster, who visited the first part of Kith and Kin.

Mr Forster, of Sunderland, has traced his family tree back to his third great-grandfather, William Crinson.

His descendents, John Henry Crinson and William Stanley Crinson, who served in the Durham Light Infantry, are depicted on the jug.

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