UK: Glass Sellers Prize 2005 now open for entries

Entries are now being accepted for the new Glass Sellers Prize 2005, awarded by London“s Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers. The prize is gaining recognition through its consistently high level of s…

Entries are now being accepted for the new Glass Sellers Prize 2005, awarded by London“s Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers. The prize is gaining recognition through its consistently high level of submission and the winner in 2004, Alison Kinnaird“s Psalmsong, is currently on special exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers was established in 1664 in the City of London and it was under the patronage of the Company that George Ravenscroft made his famous discovery of lead crystal glass. Since then the Glass Sellers Company has continued, in various ways to support the art of glassmaking. The new Glass Sellers Prize has increased in value and is now worth GBP 4,000 and the new Glass Sellers Student Award is now worth GBP 1,000 to the winner. Runners up prizes may also be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel. Shortlisted artists will be invited to participate in an exhibition to be held at The Glass Art Gallery, London. Where possible exhibited pieces should be for sale. The winner in each category (and his or her partner) will be invited to attend the Glass Sellers annual banquet at the Mansion House in late October 2005. The judges are looking for originality and talent in the use of glass as a medium of artistic expression and the awards are presented for the artistic and technical excellence of submissions predominantly in glass but specifically excluding stained glass windows. Pieces submitted must have been made during 2004/5, and should not exceed 1.5 metres in the largest dimension. Application forms, available from the Glass Art Gallery in London or on the website of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, must be received by the Company by 31 May 2005.