Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and National Glass Centre will be joining over 1,000 cultural organisations worldwide on Sunday 1 December by putting cultural shops in the spotlight for Museum Shop Sunday.
It’s the perfect opportunity to head down to your local cultural venue and start ticking things off family and friends’ Christmas lists, and to give something a little bit different this year, that can’t be found on the high street.
To mark the occasion, both venues are offering everyone who spends over £10 in one of the shops a FREE local souvenir that day.
In celebration of our products from local designers and makers, we have several special guests on the day too:
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Local artist Alf Snell, famed for his snowy pictures of Sunderland, will be pitching up his easel for a painting demonstration and completing his latest painting. (12-4pm)
Alf’s iconic oil paintings of 1950’s Sunderland capture the bustling street scenes of city landmarks including the Museum & Winter Gardens, Empire Theatre, Fawcett Street, High Street and Seaburn coastline. Period trains, trams and buses complete with the classic ‘Shop at Binns’ signage provide a glimpse of this period of Sunderland’s history. A range of 10 different art prints are available in the Museum Shop at £15 each.
Neil Sinclair will be holding a special book signing of his top-selling Sunderland's Railways. (1-3pm)
Former curator at Sunderland Museum, Neil has published the second edition of his popular illustrated history of Sunderland’s railways. Telling the story from the early wagonways to the present day, the 124-page book contains 190 Illustrations and is priced at £22.50
National Glass Centre
Brian Jones of Wearside Glass will be demonstrating how he uses flameworked techniques to make glass animals. (Demos at 11am & 15.45pm)
Glenda Young, local author of historical fiction such as Belle of The Back Streets, will be joining us to talk about her books as well as signing them. There will be first copies of her new book Pearl of Pit Lane available in store. (2-3pm)
Plus FREE Christmas Gift wrapping available all day!
Keith Merrin, Chief Executive of Sunderland Culture, said:
“Museum Shop Sunday is a great opportunity to support your local cultural shops and celebrate their role in helping arts, cultural and heritage attractions like ours to survive and thrive.
“To mark the occasion and the fantastic range of local design-led products on offer, we’re excited to have a number of guest artists, designers and makers joining us along with special customer offers at two of our venues.
“We hope everyone will take the chance to pop along, enjoy the art demonstrations, and help support our Cultural Shops this Sunday!”
From colourful children’s gifts, art prints and greeting cards to beautiful locally-crafted jewellery, the Museum Shop at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is a perfect place to pick up some unique presents and stocking-fillers this Christmas. The special Christmas Collection also includes animal baubles for the tree, scented candles and Sunderland-made glass decorations.
Also, if you’re looking for an extra special gift, National Glass Centre’s Christmas selling exhibition, Gifted 19 offers an opportunity to buy unique, high quality, hand-made gifts made in glass and ceramics. The artists represented are working at various career stages and while some are local, others are sending their work from as far afield as Denmark.