International Festival of Glass 2010 – exhibitions

The International Festival of Glass is a celebration of Stourbridge“s dynamic contemporary glassmaking scene and its rich glassmaking heritage.
Included in the Festival programme are masterclasses …

The International Festival of Glass is a celebration of Stourbridge“s dynamic contemporary glassmaking scene and its rich glassmaking heritage. Included in the Festival programme are masterclasses for all levels of experience (23-26 August), the prestigious British Glass Biennale exhibition (27 August-11 September) and a four-day festival weekend (27-30 August). Over the Bank holiday weekend (27-30 August), there will be talks and demonstrations by top glass artists, workshops and “have a go“ sessions, heritage walks, a bead fair, live music and entertainment and plenty of fantastic retail opportunities. This exhibition showcases 115 major new glass works by selected and invited artists and brilliantly captures the versatility of the medium and the inventiveness of these highly talented artists. There will also be a diverse exhibition of contemporary glass from Central Saint Martins“ alumni Teepee Glass, curated by Brett Manley, and the Glasshouse College Student Exhibition, which is the annual exhibition of work in glass, wood, textiles and metal by Glasshouse College students with a history of Ruskin Mill Educational Trust. NEXT big thing 2010 will also take place from 1 July to 26 September, and will showcase work by recent glass graduates. MADE IN GLASS 2010 will take place 1 July-26 September, while Engraved Glass at the Cone will be held 27-30 August. More events will include: Transformations: Furniture in Glass – a spectacular show of contemporary glass furniture and furnishings; Hi Honey, I“m Home! – an amusing yet thought-provoking exhibition of artworks and installations inspired by domestic activities; 20th Century British Glass (until 30 December 2010) – a comprehensive survey of the main 20th century developments, from the tail end of rock crystal and cameo production to the birth of studio glass and beyond; “Glass and Glory“ – an exhibition showcasing talent from students at The University of Wolverhampton from both BA and MA programmes; “Lace and Glass“ – glass and lace from glassmaking areas including Audnam Glassworks at the headquarters of the largest organisation for lacemakers in the British Isles, which will also include daily lacemaking demonstrations.