People’s Art

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

National Glass Centre

A celebration of art created by unnamed artists.

Objects referred to as Popular Art or Folk Art were often beautiful, functional and part of daily life. They reflect our economic and social history and were often remarkably well made, evidenced by their survival for decades or more through constant use. Despite the historic and aesthetic importance of these objects we rarely ask who the artist was, or consider their importance within the history of art and design. 

People’s Art aims to elevate the profile of popular art by commissioning five contemporary artists to respond to selected objects loaned from Compton Verney’s Folk Art collection and from a private collection. The newly-commissioned works will be shown alongside the loans, encouraging the visitor to think about the principles we apply when considering the value of art.


Liberty Way Sunderland SR6 0GL

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Until 8 September 2024


  • Mon 10am – 5pm
  • Tue 10am – 5pm
  • Wed 10am – 5pm
  • Thu 10am – 5pm
  • Fri 10am – 5pm
  • Sat 10am – 5pm
  • Sun 10am – 5pm
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