British Glass Biennale: call for entries January 2010

Submission criteria for the 2010 British Glass Biennale has now been published on the Biennale web site: www.biennale.org.uk. The Biennale is open to artists, designers and craftspeople, working in al…

Submission criteria for the 2010 British Glass Biennale has now been published on the Biennale web site: www.biennale.org.uk. The Biennale is open to artists, designers and craftspeople, working in all areas of contemporary glass practice or using glass as a key design element. The 2010 exhibition will change in format from previous years – endeavouring to present a more complete representation of British Glass at this time. The exhibition will be made up primarily from the juried open submission artists and also a section of invited artists. This year, the UK“s premiere selling exhibition of contemporary glass has GBP 7,500 in prize money to be won alongside its growing international status as the leading showcase for British-based makers. The British Glass Biennale iwill, once again, be working in association with the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers to offer prizes for 2010. The Glass Sellers Award is worth GBP 5,000 with a Runner Up of GBP 1,000 and the Glass Sellers Student Award is GBP 1,000 with Runner Up of GBP 500. Submissions will be judged by an expert panel, comprising: o Annabelle Campbell – Exhibitions & Collections Manager, Crafts Council; o Reino Liefkes – Senior Curator Ceramics & Glass Collection, V&A Museum; o Sylva Petrova – Director, Institute for International Research in Glass, University of Sunderland; o Alan J. Poole – Dan Klein Associates; o Colin Reid – Glass Artist. The names of the selected exhibitors will be published at the end of April 2010 with the prize winners announced at the Awards Ceremony on 26 August at the Ruskin Glass Centre. In 2008, 81 artists were selected to exhibit, with Tracy Nicholls winning the British Glass Biennale Award, Bob Crooks winning the Glass Sellers Award and Timothy Boswell the Glass Sellers Student Award. This important representation of established artists and emerging new talent not only offers a clear illustration of the strength of the current British glass scene, but also reflects an extraordinarily wide range of styles and methods of glassmaking. The exhibition has developed a reputation for displaying work that is rich and diverse in discipline and form; from intricate glass beads through to contemporary chandeliers utilizing both traditional techniques and the latest technologies. Jurors will be looking for technical excellence and artistic quality. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday 26 March 2010. For further details and application forms please visit: www.biennale.org.uk The exhibition starts on 27 August and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until 11 September. Entry is free. The Biennale is a highlight of the International Festival of Glass, a four-day public festival celebrating the rich and dynamic world of glass, taking place27-30 August 2010 at locations across the Stourbridge Glass Quarter. www.ifg.org.uk British Glass Biennale 2010 Supporters include: Arts Council England; The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers; Ruskin Mill Educational Trust; and International Festival of Glass.