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The UK’s major exhibition of contemporary glass announces its

exhibitors for 2012

71 artists will exhibit at the fifth British Glass Biennale which takes place in

Stourbridge from 24 August to 15 September 2012. The exhibition will be in the

newly refurbished industrial space, formerly the Webb Corbett/Royal Doulton

Glass factory, opening in August as a vibrant new Arts Centre.

With a record 209 applicants and over 1200 images to look through, selections

were a challenging task for the esteemed jury. Across two days 100 pieces by

70 artists were selected and along with a piece by juror Catherine Hough, the

British Glass Biennale 2012 looks set to be an exciting showcase of the

current trends and techniques emerging within the UK glass scene.

2012 sees a worldwide celebration of 50 years of studio glassmaking and

events will take place across the globe. The International Festival of Glass, of

which the British Glass Biennale is a part, will be the centre for the UK's

celebrations. With exciting work by new and emerging makers, such as Shelley

Doolan and James Lethbridge, being exhibited alongside highly collected

makers such as Katharine Coleman, Colin Reid and Bruno Romanelli, the

British Glass Biennale will offer a strong statement about the UK’s ongoing

contribution to glassmaking worldwide.

This year’s jury felt particularly delighted by the strength of the student

applications. While five pieces are guaranteed a place in the exhibition each

year, the jury were able only to narrow the selection down to an impressive 13

pieces made by 9 artists. Chair of the jury James Beighton commented,

We are very excited to have been able to put together this exhibition which

reflects the diversity and quality to be seen in British glass today. Each of the

judges had particular favourites but in particular would like to highlight the

consistently high standard of student work presented which suggests an

exciting future for glassmaking in this country.”

Michelle Keeling, Exhibition Curator, commented that “the British Glass

Biennale offers a chance to track the careers of artists who are repeatedly

selected each two years and with such strong new makers being selected, it is

certainly an exhibition for enthusiasts to spot the ‘ones to watch for the future.

With over £10,000 to be awarded, the exhibition can offer artists an exciting



British Glass Biennale

Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge

West Midlands, DY8 4HF

07966 425 904

Contact Information

For further PRESS information, hi-res versions of all images and full credits,

please contact Michelle Keeling on 07966 425 904 or email

Editor’s Notes

Exhibition dates: 24 August to 15 September 2012

Winners will be announced at the Private View and Awards Ceremony on 23

August 2012

The British Glass Biennale is delighted to be working once again in

association with the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers who will be

awarding £7,500 in prize money. Private collector of British glass, Mark Holford

has also donated £3000 for the ‘British Glass Biennale Award for Best in Show.

An expert panel has judged the submissions, comprising:

Clare Beck, Director of Contemporary, Adrian Sassoon, London

James Beighton, Senior Curator, Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art

Régis Cochefert, Head of Arts, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Catherine Hough, Glass Artist

Amelia Thorpe, Design & Interiors Journalist

The British Glass Biennale will be the inaugural exhibition in the newly-

converted Ruskin Arts Centre, The Glasshouse, Wollaston Road, Amblecote,

Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HE. For more information, visit

The International Festival of Glass is an umbrella term to describe a

comprehensive programme of events at venues across Stourbridge Glass

Quarter that includes Glass Masterclasses (20 to 23 August), the prestigious

British Glass Biennale (24 August to 15 September), and a four day Glass

Festival (24 to 27 August). Although the exhibition is free, entry to the Ruskin

Glass Centre over the Glass Festival weekend costs £5 (£1 for children) per

day or £14.50 for a four day Festival pass and includes numerous

demonstrations, exhibitions, ‘have a go’ sessions and of course, plenty of retail


The West Midlands town of Stourbridge has the richest of glass making

traditions and is widely regarded as ‘the home of glass making’.

Images: Left - Record Keepers by Anthony Scala. Photo credit, Ester Segarra

Right – Thoughts Interrupted by Phil Vickery. Photo credit, Jo Howell


British Glass Biennale

Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge

West Midlands, DY8 4HF

07966 425 904

Kate Jones & Stephen Gillies

Tanya Gregory*

Rhian Haf

Joseph Harrington

Matthew Hayes*

Siobhan Healy

Crispian Heath

Vicky Higginson*

Katy Holford

Alan Horsley*

Catherine Hough**

Richard Jackson

James Lethbridge

Ruth Lyne

Allister Malcolm

Julia Malle

James Maskrey

Caroline Moiret

June Morrison

Graham Muir

Tracy Nicholls

Yi Peng

Emma Rawson*

Lujain Razouki

Liam Reeves

Exhibiting Artists

Natalie Aird

Stuart Akroyd

Kirsteen Aubrey

Laura Birdsall

Sarah Blood

Heike Brachlow

Sabrina Cant

Louise Cloke*

Katharine Coleman

Jaqueline Cooley

Mo Costalas

Bob Crooks

Jeremy Doar*

Shelley Doolan

Katharine Dowson

Junko Eager

Shirley Eccles

Simon Eccles

Fiaz Elson

Sally Fawkes

Jackson Fawkes

Frances Federer

Sara Fell

Carrie Fertig

Catherine Forsyth

British Glass Biennale

Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge

West Midlands, DY8 4HF

07966 425 904

Colin Reid

Bruno Romanelli

Karmen Saat*

Deborah Sandersley

Anthony Scala

Victoria Scholes

Cathryn Shilling

Jessica Irena Smith

Robyn Smith

Andrea Spencer

Wayne Stevens

Vicky Stewart*

Ayako Tani

Louis Thompson

Deborah Timperley

Phil Vickery

Andrea Walsh

Liz Waugh McManus

Kathryn Wightman

Sue Woolhouse

Marie Worre Hastrup Holm

* Student Entries

** Invited Juror