The British Glass Biennale is the foremost juried exhibition of excellence in contemporary glass by British artists, designers and craftspeople in the UK. With at least 80 major new glass works selected every two years, the British Glass Biennale is the flagship exhibition within the International Festival of Glass and attracts collectors, galleries and museums from around the world.
The British Glass Biennale is open to artists, designers, craftspeople and students working in all areas of contemporary glass practice or using glass as a key design element. The emphasis is on new work demonstrating the highest level of excellence in design, creative imagination and technical skill.
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2022 exhibition by UK based artists, designers and craftspeople and British artists working abroad. We welcome the latest work from across the whole spectrum of glass techniques and use an anonymous selection process, giving emerging artists an equal opportunity to be selected alongside the top names in British glass.
Prizes: British Glass Biennale Best in Show, The Glass Sellers Main and Student Awards, The Glass Arts Society (GAS) International Artists’ Prize, Guild of Glass Engravers Prize, Glass Society Best Newcomer Award, Glass Society ‘Uniting the Planet’ Themed Prize, The People’s Prize sponsored by Warm Glass, Young Collectors’ Award sponsored by Mark Holford.
Open to artists, designers, craftspeople and students of all nationalities worldwide who create beads where glass is the key design element. We welcome all glassmaking techniques as long as the piece conforms to the concept of a bead. Max bead size 10cm x 8cm.
Prizes: International Bead Biennale Award for Best in Show & International Bead Biennale Award Runner Up. Prizes sponsored by Barbara Beadman.
For both of these prestigious exhibitions the emphasis is on new work demonstrating the highest level of excellence in design, creative imagination and technical skill. Each exhibition will be selected by separate expert juries in March 2022.
Venue: Ruskin Glass Centre, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge DY8 4HF
The 2017 exhibition featured work by 63 contemporary artists, including British makers living and working abroad for the first time. Since its inception in 2004 the Biennale has awarded £100,000 worth of prizes to artists.
2015 British Glass Biennale