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Dry Run Exhibition 2024

Dry Run Exhibition 2024: Showcasing the Next Generation of Glass and Ceramics Artists

The excitement is building as the University of Sunderland’s second-year BA Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics students prepare to unveil their talents at the renowned Shipley Art Gallery and Museum during the 25th annual Dry Run Exhibition. Running from 24th May – 8th June, this milestone event promises to captivate audiences with the innovative works of 18 emerging artists from both the U.K. and abroad.

The Dry Run Exhibition has become a highlight on the cultural calendar, drawing praise from the public and media alike. Despite being early in their careers, the participating students demonstrate exceptional professionalism, showcasing their craftsmanship and original artistic expression.

“Creating art in glass and ceramics is like coaxing magic from raw materials. The fiery kiln transforms ordinary elements into extraordinary beauty. And to showcase our creations at the esteemed Shipley Art Gallery and Museum? It’s a dream realised—a fusion of tradition and innovation under the gallery’s historic roof.” – Rachel McKenna, student.

The exhibition is a testament to the University of Sunderland’s Glass and Ceramics Department, which boasts the largest department in Europe. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the university has been a leader in glass and ceramics education, training, and research for over four decades.

Programme Leader Robert Winter says, “The University of Sunderland has long been a hub for nurturing artistic talent, especially in the field of glass and ceramics. Our Dry Run Exhibition not only celebrates our students’ achievements but also underscores our commitment to fostering innovation and excellence in artistic practice.”

With a rich history of producing graduates who go on to make their mark in the global art scene, the University of Sunderland proudly upholds its legacy.
May 24th 6pm to 8pm Opening Night by Invitation only
25th May to 8th June during gallery opening hours
Shipley Art Gallery Prince Consort Road Gateshead Tyne and Wear NE8 4JB
Sat 25 May to Sat 8 June
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