UniSpace’s National Glass Centre receives £100k refurbishment boost

UniSpace Sunderland’s National Glass Centre event space has received a £100,000 funding boost to its redevelopment programme from the Sir James Knott Trust.
 
The investment will contribute towards the transformation currently taking place at National Glass Centre, which is planned to re-open to the public on 29 June 2013, and will see major improvements to the centre’s event spaces, including the gallery and learning spaces.
 
It will also assist with covering the cost of the addition of new electric furnaces in the integrated Hot Glass Studio, a facility that is often used for incentives during events held at National Glass Centre. This will improve environmental sustainability and significantly reduce its carbon footprint.
 
More than £2m has already been invested in National Glass Centre’s redevelopment following a fundraising campaign attracting contributions from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Foyle Foundation as well as significant investment from the University of Sunderland.
 
“The redevelopment also reinforces the centre’s reputation for excellence and enables us to play a major role in the growing cultural landscape of Sunderland as well as celebrate the city’s rich glass-making heritage,” says James Bustard, Director of National Glass Centre.
 
National Glass Centre’s opening weekend will take place on 29 – 30 June 2013, with a weekend of special events and the opening of three exhibitions of national significance.
 
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