International Festival of Glass

Since its inception in 2004 the International Festival of Glass has celebrated and showcased the skill and innovation of the glass industry and makers, historic and contemporary, local and international.

At the heart of the Festival is the British Glass Biennale, the foremost juried exhibition of excellence in contemporary glass by UK based artists, designers and craftspeople and British artists working abroad. The exhibition features the latest work from across the whole spectrum of glass techniques and uses an anonymous selection process, giving emerging artists an equal opportunity to be selected alongside the top names in British glass.

The British Glass Biennale and the International Festival of Glass were established to encourage and support glass artists and craftspeople. In recognition of the difficulties for many during the pandemic that the submission fee has been significantly reduced to £10 for all categories.

Prizes: British Glass Biennale Best in Show, The Glass Sellers Main and Student Awards, The Glass Arts Society (GAS) International Artists’ Prize, The Guild of Glass Engravers Prize, The People’s Prize sponsored by Warm Glass, Young Collectors’ Award sponsored by Mark Holford. Other prizes to be announced.



Applicants must

  • Have been living and working in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the last two consecutive years; or
  • Be living, working or studying abroad but possess a British passport and have previously lived in the UK for a minimum of 15 years; or
  • Be studying on glass arts course in the UK

Each artist can submit up to three pieces for consideration

Each piece must be predominantly made of glass but can incorporate other materials

The work must have been made since 1st March 2019

All pieces selected for display must be for sale


DEADLINE for entries - Midnight Sunday 27 February

The Jury for the British Glass Biennale 2022

Michelle Bowen - Director, UK New Artists

Brandi P. Clark - Executive Director, Glass Arts Society 

James Devereux - Artist & Director, Devereux & Huskie Glassworks

Wayne Strattman - President, Strattman Design, USA

Bryony Windsor - Relationship Manager (Visual Arts) Midlands, Arts Council England

Matt Durran - Curator


The British Glass Biennale opens 26 August and closes 1 October 2022