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Image: Chad McCail – Toy, image by Colin Davison 

It’s been a busy time at Sunderland Culture, the organisation which operates National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Arts Centre Washington. The teams have been moving exhibitions online, delivering workshops via Zoom and producing fun and accessible cultural resources, such as free Takeaway Packs. Now, they’re reopening galleries and exhibition spaces with an exciting programme for all ages.

From Monday 7th September at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, the free exhibition Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London features Bernardo Bellotto’s The Fortress of Königstein from the North, accompanied by five works featuring castles both real and imagined, alongside artworks from Sunderland Museum’s own collection, including L.S. Lowry’s drawing of Bamburgh Castle. The extended Received Wisdom exhibition challenges the notion that creativity, boundary-breaking and dynamism are the preserve of youth by presenting a body of work created by artists working in their later years.

Sunderland Culture is also launching Art Crush, an exciting free mobile app available to download from Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Art Crush allows you to swipe through hundreds of artwork images by the biggest names in British Art to discover what your art personality is and create your own digital art collection.

At the National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art the exhibitions No Strings and Chad McCail: Toy have been extended until 2021. Toy, at NGCA, is a monumental cityscape populated by gigantic mythical creatures battling for its future freedom; while NGC’s No Strings features the work of seven international artists working with glass beads in unconventional ways, including a beaded burger and coke by Faranak Sohi and a beaded chicken showing his gymnastic prowess on the rings by Felieke van der Leest! National Glass Centre will also soon be opening a brand new online shop showcasing a striking selection of glassware made on site in the Hot Glass Studio.

While Arts Centre Washington continues its online programme of classes and exhibitions, you will be able to visit in person from September the new exhibition of photography, text and installations from artists Sally Southern and Nicola Lynch. Looking Out, Looking In is inspired by feedback from the local community reflecting on their lockdown experience.

For full visiting information and activities visit the Sunderland Culture website

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