An annual exhibition by University of Sunderland second year glass and ceramics students is celebrating its 19th year.

The Dry Run show will introduce the works of 16 emerging UK and overseas artists for the first time, and is always a popular event with visitors and reviewers.

Even though most of the participants are in the early stages of their careers, the pieces demonstrate a high level of professionalism.

The diverse range of ideas and conceptions is based on their ability to use glass and ceramics as a material in service of original artistic expression and a high standard of craft execution. The exhibition represents the ideal opportunity for the students to show their work in a professional and contemporary cultural environment

Dry Run opens Friday, May 18 until May 28 – at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, and is free and open to all

The Glass and Ceramics Department at the University of Sunderland has a very special position among schools teaching glass in the UK and Europe.

It is the largest department in UK with an extraordinarily high level of equipment, including one of the largest kilns in the world for casting glass.

Throughout its 30-year history, staff, students and visiting artists from a number of foreign countries have focused upon the development of glass and ceramics as an art form. This has positioned the University of Sunderland as one of the most significant providers of glass and ceramics education, training and research in UK.

Many of the graduates associated with glass and ceramic studies are now significant artists, designers and tutors in Europe, Australia, the United States and elsewhere, having gained a reputation in their subject at national and international level.