The British Glass Biennale is the UK's leading exhibition of excellence in contemporary glass by British artists, designers and craftspeople. It is the flagship show within the International Festival of Glass. With an expert jury and an open call to artists, the British Glass Biennale is one of the most significant statements of national glass talent. The emphasis is on new work demonstrating the highest level of excellence in design, creative imagination and technical skill. All work is available for purchase and attracts collectors, galleries and museums from around the world.
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. This year we are proud to have presented prizes in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, London Glassblowing, The Glass Association, craft&design magazine, Warm Glass and The National Glass Centre; with a special prize for young collectors sponsored by Mark Holford.
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Awards
The winner of the £5000 British Glass Biennale Award 2017 is Joseph Harrington for St Helens ii
The Winner of the Glass Sellers Arts and Craft Awards is Heike Brachlow with Analemma
The Runner Up of the Glass Sellers Arts and Craft Awards is Paul Stopler for Sia
The Winner of the Arts Glass Sellers Student Award is Jade Tapson for Scale
The Runner Up of the Glass Sellers Student Award is Andrew Collins for Urban Chandelier
The Winner of the London Glassblowing Emerging Artist Award is Monette Larsen for Static Movement
The Winner of the Glass Association Award is Colin Reid for Sunflowers R1892
The Runner Up of the Glass Association Award is Nancy Sutcliffe for Fabulous Beasts
The Winner of the Young Collectors' Award is Jonathan Michie for Exit, Pursued by a Bear
The Winners of the craft&design Award are Cathryn Shilling and Anthony Scala for The Fragile Nature of Earthly Pleasures
The Runner Up of the craft&design Award is Jade Tapson for Scale
The Winner of the National Glass Centre's Emerging Artist's Residency Prize is Monette Larsen for Static Movement
The Winner of the People's Prize is Colin Reid for Sunflowers R1892
Congratulations to all our winners.
The Young Collector's award's Haughty Hawk was awarded to Dante from Buckinghamshire.
Barbara Beadman: Member of the Board, British Glass; Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers
Scott Benefield: Artist, educator and writer; Member of the Advisory Committee, Glass Art Society (US)
Aonghus Gordon: Founder and Chair, Board of Trustees, Ruskin Mill Land Trust
Rosy Greenlees: Director, Crafts Council
Maja Heuer: Museum Director, The Glass Factory, Boda, Sweden
James Clark & Cathryn Shilling
Cathryn Shilling & Anthony Scala
Kate & Stephen Gillies Jones
Lola Lazaro Hinks*
Scott Benefield - invited artist
Matt Durran - invited artist
* indicates student entry
Find out about our past exhibitions
2015 British Glass BiennaleRead more