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CGS announce New Designers prize winners 2011

The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) has announced the prize winners of the New Designers Glass prize 2011. The CGS judges were unanimous in selecting Sara Fell, a recent glass graduate from Plymouth …

The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) has announced the prize winners of the New Designers Glass prize 2011. The CGS judges were unanimous in selecting Sara Fell, a recent glass graduate from Plymouth College of art and design, for an outstanding body of work that displayed a sophisticated and elegant style. The CGS also commended two runners up: Liam Reeves from the Royal College of Art for one of his blown pieces and Elizabeth Heyes from the University of Sunderland for her moving work based on the conflict in Palestine. In addition, five highly commended graduates were awarded recognition for their work: Gonny van Hulst from Farnham; Robyn Townsend from Sunderland; Louise Cloke from Plymouth; Nicki Hall and Christian Maas from Bournemouth. This is the second year that the CGS has sponsored an associate prize at New Designers, the award was judged by Jan Lasnon, PR and features writer for /craft&design/ magazine“, renowned glass artist Bruno Romanelli, Arts Council England representative Jackie Lee and CGS representative Karen Murphy. The prize winners will be promoted via the CGS website and newsletter and through the New Designers marketing network. Judge Karen Murphy said: We have had another very successful year at New Designers. The standard of glass seemed much higher this year, which caused great deliberations amongst the jury for the glass awards. However, selecting the winner was the easy bit as it was felt that Sara“s work stood out as a complete body of work. The winner received a prize worth GBP 1,400, which includes a GBP 250 cash prize and GBP 100 worth of vouchers from commercial sponsor Warm Glass. They also received the following in kind support to help them with their future career: a one day photo shoot of their work with award winning photographer Simon Bruntnell (worth GBP 750) and a free promotional and membership package worth GBP 400. This includes a 1/2 page of editorial in the CGS newsletter with images, an entry on the homepage of the CGS website, an e-bulletin announcement to CGS membership and free CGS membership for two years. The two Runners up each received a prize worth GBP 300, which includes GBP 50 worth of vouchers from commercial sponsors Creative Glass UK. They also received a free promotional and membership package worth GBP 250, which includes a 1/3 page of editorial in the CGS newsletter with images, an entry on the homepage of the CGS website, an e-bulletin announcement to the CGS membership and free CGS membership for one year. They will also receive a year“s subscription to /craft&design/ magazine“ and space in the Makers Gallery pages of the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of /craft&design/ magazine“ which is valued at GBP 150. New Designers is an event held every June/July at the Business Design Centre in London, some 3,500 newly graduated designers come together representing the top 200 design courses from across the nation to meet industry employers, the media, trend predictors and a design hungry public, for more info www.newdesigners.com. The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) is widely regarded as the foremost organization in the UK for promoting and encouraging cutting edge glass and glassmakers within the wider art world.

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