International Festival of Glass

The International Bead Biennale is being held for the first time as part of the International Festival of Glass 2022, as a sister exhibition to the British Glass Biennale

It is open to artists, designers, craftspeople and students of all nationalities worldwide who create beads where glass is the key design element.  The work must demonstrate the highest level of excellence in design, creative imagination and technical skill.


Criteria for Submission

  • Each artist can submit up to three beads for consideration.
  • Each bead must be predominantly made of glass but can incorporate other materials.
  • The bead must not exceed 10 x 8cm in size but can be mounted, for example as a piece of jewellery.
  • The bead must have a hole (not just a loop)
  • The work must have been made since 1 March 2020
  • All pieces selected for display must be for sale

 The cost of submission is £10.00

 Deadline for entries – Midnight Sunday 27 February 2022


The Jury for the International Glass Bead Biennale 2022

Vic Bamforth           Glass Artist

Barbara Beadman    Hon. Member GBUK; Director of British Glass; Prime Warden, Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London

Pauline Holt             Jazzy Lily Glass, Hon. Member GBUK


Matt Durran             Exhibition Curator

The International Glass Bead Biennale opens 26 August and closes 1 October 2022.