NGC 21 Commission

Deadline Friday 23rd November

NGC 21 Commission

In 2019 National Glass Centre will be 21 years old. To celebrate, we are planning a group exhibition that outlines Sunderland’s role and influence in supporting glass on an international level. We are looking to include work that:

• is of the highest quality.
• has been created by artists who have a strong connection with Sunderland / National Glass Centre.
• has been created by artists of international influence and renown.

Some of the work will predate National Glass Centre outlining Sunderland’s long-term support for artists working in glass. The majority of pieces will be by artists who have supported the venue during its first 21 years. We are also looking to bring the exhibition up to date with work by our most promising recent graduates.

To support emerging artists to create new work for the exhibition, we will offer two residencies delivered in partnership with the Unlock strand of Sunderland’s Great Place programme.

Sunderland Great Place scheme is a key part of the City’s cultural renaissance, and will ensure that Sunderland’s communities are at the heart of this change – making connections and effecting tangible difference to people’s lives in the future.

Our Great Place scheme will develop sustainable and replicable city-wide strategies to use culture to address many of Sunderland’s complex economic, social and cultural issues, particularly around socio-economic disadvantage, health and wellbeing, aspirations of young people, community cohesion, low growth in creative industries, heritage buildings at risk and profile of the city. The Unlock strand of this project will develop the creative and cultural industries across the city, providing support and skills development opportunities for new and emerging talent wishing live and practice in the city.

The residencies will provide opportunities for artists to:

• take time to consider and develop their practice.
• take advantage of mentoring and professional development opportunities.
• create new work to be included in the NGC21 exhibition and potentially acquired into National Glass Centre’s collection.

A grant of £3,000 will be awarded to each artist undertaking a residency.

In line with the overarching aims of the exhibition and the priorities of the Unlock programme applicants must be:

• Under-graduates, or those who have graduated within the last five years, from the University of Sunderland’s Glass & Ceramics department at BA, MA or PhD level.
• Specialists in glass.
• Able to evidence their connections and commitment to the cultural development of Sunderland and the wider North East of England.
• Able to undertake and complete a residency by mid-March 2019.
• Willing to spend time during the residency period investing in the developments of students working within the Glass & Ceramics department of University of Sunderland.

To apply for a residency please provide:

• An up to date CV including a website address that selectors can use to view images of your recent work.
• A statement about your work to date. (no more than 300 words)
• A statement outlining how you would use the residency to develop your practice. (no more than 300 words)
• A statement detailing your connections and commitment to the cultural development of Sunderland and the wider North East of England. (no more than 300 words)
• A proposal outlining how you would include mentoring support for your practice within your residency. (no more than 300 words)
• An expression of interest in investing time in student development and a proposal for how you may approach this. (no more than 200 words).

The deadline for applications is Friday 23 November 2018.
Please email your application to You can also email Julia with any questions you may have.

Applications will be assessed by a panel including:

Helen Ross, Producer, Great Place Unlock
Cate Watkinson, Senior Lecturer, University of Sunderland
Inge Panneels, Senior Lecturer, University of Sunderland
Julia Stephenson, Head of Arts, National Glass Centre