The NGC has secured £750,000 from the Arts Council England’s Large Capital Programme, £337,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £50,000 from the Foyle Foundation, as well as £975,000 investment from the University of Sunderland.
The re-development project will see major improvements to the NGC’s gallery and learning spaces. It will also contribute to the cost of new electric furnaces in the centre’s integrated Hot Glass Studio, which can be used for demonstrations and workshops during events held at the venue, improving the centre’s environmental sustainability and significantly reducing its carbon footprint.
Sharon Olver, Commercial Services Manager for UniSpace Sunderland, said: "The National Glass Centre is already considered a premier national attraction. The second phase of the refurbishment project will allow us to add yet more value to the events we host as well as strengthening our push to an international market.
"The fact that we can now hold events with much higher capacities, combined with the unique incentives that we offer, enhances UniSpace’s position as a leading academic events space. Moreover, with this new development, the National Glass Centre will attract exhibitions from national and internationally acclaimed artists, offering an exceptional events space within the UK market."
The project will be completed in the summer of 2013 with a high profile launch event planned and three exhibitions of national significance.