Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) reopened in 2018 at National Glass Centre (NGC) owned by the University of Sunderland. The Gallery’s opening programme celebrated the achievements of artists living and working in North-East England. Each of these exhibitions revealed a brand new body of work. NGCA was one of the first contemporary art galleries in the UK, and have recently, alongside NGC, began a new collection of contemporary art for the city of Sunderland.
The new Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) reopened in March 2018 at National Glass Centre. The building is owned by the University of Sunderland and has been operated since September 2017 by Sunderland Culture, an independent charity set up to manage venues across Wearside and build Sunderland’s growing reputation as a cultural city.
In March 2018, after 18 months creating a brand new space for art and artists in Sunderland, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art reopened with a major new commission with artist Fiona Crisp. The generous 3000 square foot space inside National Glass Centre has an initial focus on artists whose work is being created across Europe, whether made in the Alps or the heart of fascist Rome, or from the most advanced laboratories in Italy to the eastern most city in the continent deep inside the former Soviet Union.
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021 having been one of the very first contemporary art galleries in Britain. It has provided major international figures with their first UK exhibitions, including Harun Farocki (Germany) and Cory Arcangel (USA), and exhibited fourteen Turner Prize nominees.
The gallery’s visitors can also take advance of its new location in National Glass Centre, learning about the history of glassmaking, viewing contemporary glass and ceramic exhibitions, watching glassmaking demonstrations, browsing the shop and enjoying lunch with panoramic views in The Glass Yard café.