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Future secure: Sunderland’s National Glass Centre wins £1million funding bid

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THE National Glass Centre has won £1million funding to secure its future as it celebrates the anniversary of the centre’s re-opening.

The cash will secure the centre’s future, and has been awarded as part of a joint bid with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, which is based in Sunderland Library.

Sunderland University, of which the National Glass Centre is part, said the £1,045,891 would secure the facility’s future until 2018.

It comes as the centre celebrates the anniversary its reopening after a £2.3million redevelopment.

James Bustard, director at National Glass Centre, 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.”

Plans for National Glass Centre over the next three years include:

•Bringing important collections of glass to National Glass Centre, including collections from Northlands and American glass from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, USA;

•Delivering a collaborative show with NGCA and Museum and Winter Garden drawn from Arts Council and Crafts Council Collections

•Plans to bring contemporary glass art festival GLASSTRESS to England

•Continued 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.

 

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