Events | 18-03-2024

Join CGS Discovery Day at Sunderland

The next in the Contemporary Glass Society’s (CGS) Discovery Day series takes place at Sunderland University and the National Glass Centre this April.

‘Glass Experiences – A Vista of Views’ will feature presentations by four eminent glass makers, along with a tour of the University studios, an exploration of the exhibitions at the National Glass Centre, live glass demonstrations, hands-on experiences of glass artwork, networking and more. It takes place on Saturday 20 April 2024.

The four speakers are Helen Pailing, Jo Mitchell, Liz Waugh McManus and Zac Weinberg.

Helen Pailing’s talk is entitle ‘On Tenterhooks’. She creates sculpture and installations using salvaged and found materials. Reusing materials destined for landfill is her way to bring awareness to seemingly non-precious or redundant ‘waste’ material and to celebrate the value within all matter.

Jo Mitchell will discuss ‘My Inspiration in Glass’. Her work explores the metaphorical qualities of air and glass, often incorporating the human form, combining the use of waterjet cutting and kiln-forming to control the form of air entrapment within the internal space of glass.

Liz Waugh McManus’s talk is called ‘What an “Internet of Glass Things” Can Offer an Artist’. She is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the boundaries between analogue and digital making with an art practice that embraces sculpture, glass, puppetry, video and new media.

Zac Weinberg’s presentation will discuss ‘The Ornament of Functionality/The Functionality of Ornament’. His projects address object value systems with a concentration on utility and mobility, using glass and mixed media to formulate his creations.

As well as a great day out, this event gives attendees the chance to support the National Glass Centre in its fight to remain on its present site.

Venue: The Prospect Building, University of Sunderland, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, St Peter’s Campus, St Peter’s Way, Sunderland SR6 0DD

 For more information and to book tickets click this link.

Image: Examples of work by the Discovery Day speakers.

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