British Glass Biennale 2019 – Call to Artists

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.

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


  • 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 2017

  • All pieces selected for display must be for sale


DEADLINE for entries - Midnight Sunday 24 February 2019  

The Jury for the British Glass Biennale 2019

Dr Jane Cook               Chief Scientist, Corning Museum of Glass, USA

Róisín de Buitléar         Artist, Curator & Creative Director of Green Edge, Dublin

Monica Guggisberg       Artist and Designer

Angel Monzon              Founder and Director, Vessel Gallery, London

Cathy Shankland          Exhibitions Officer, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery


Matt Durran                Curator

Hannah Shepherd       Biennale Coordinator    


The British Glass Biennale opens 23 August and closes 28 September 2019

The online submission form is now open and we look forward to receiving your application.

Click here to access the Submission Form