Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art Now Open in Sunderland

Work at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland is now complete. GSSArchitecture were appointed as Architects, Contract Administrators and Principal Designers to provide an open, flexible gallery space for the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA). The space will provide facilities to exhibit works previously located in the City Library and Arts Centre on Fawcett Street.

The National Glass Centre is a celebration of the heritage of glass-making in Sunderland, and is home to a wide array of academic facilities, as well as public exhibition halls and demonstration spaces. The new gallery flows from the public café and houses nationally significant art works, as well as works by local artists. The prominence of the National Glass Centre in Sunderland was recently showcased as part of Sunderland’s Bid for Capital of Culture status.

Alistair Robinson, the Programme Director for NGCA, said: “The generous spaces of our new gallery allow us to show artists’ ambitious projects from around the world in optimal conditions. The flexibility allows us to work with a range of media, from painting, drawing and sculpture to film, video, and digitally born work. We are now looking forward to sharing our new home with the public after GSS have brought it to life with superb attention to detail.”

Simon Rennison-Rae, Associate at our Newcastle Studio said: ‘It’s been a pleasure to deal with the University, the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and the National Glass Centre to create the new gallery space. The project has a great industrial feel and adds vibrancy to the building, as well as continuing to promote Sunderland on a national level’.