Glass Exchange at National Glass Centre

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Glass Exchange at National Glass Centre in Sunderland - March - September 2022

Part of the Inspired By event series to accompany Lindisfarne Gospels 2022.

Four established contemporary artists have been commissioned to create new work in glass to be displayed in Sunderland and Durham from Spring 2022 as part of celebrations for the return of Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East in autumn / winter 2022. An exhibition which will summarise all four commissions will be presented at National Glass Centre from March to September 2022.

Who are the artists and where can you see the finished glasswork commissions?

  • Ryan Gander – Sunderland City Centre (March - September 2022)
  • Pascale Martine Tayou – Sunderland Minster (October 2021 - March 2022) & National Glass Centre (March - September 2022)
  • Katie Paterson – Durham Cathedral - 'Hourglass' (March - September 2022), 'Urn' (June - September 2022)
  • Monster Chetwynd – Durham Cathedral (March - September 2022)

Artist Ryan Gander will create an installation sited within a disused shop in Sunderland City Centre. The installation will show a recently abandoned betting shop produced entirely in clear glass. Ghost Shop Illuminated (working title) reflects on the changing state of our city centres.

Pascale Martine Tayou’s piece titled Colonial Ghost brings attention to the links between colonialization and Christianity.  Twenty five crosses will be shown, with each cross made using five African figures sculpted in hot glass.

Katie Paterson’s commission will explore time and reflect on environmental change. A number of hourglasses with contain dust from crushed meteors predating earth and a glass urn will contain over 300 samples of dust taken from objects dating from the beginning to earth’s history until now.

Monster Chetwynd will create a number of dioramas depicting key scenes from the lives of St. Cuthbert and St. Bede.

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