International Festival of Glass

The British Glass Biennale is the foremost juried exhibition of excellence in contemporary glass by artists, designers and craftspeople working in the UK and British Artists working abroad. It is the flagship exhibition within the International Festival of Glass.

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.

The British Glass Biennale and the International Festival of Glass were established to encourage and support glass artists and craftspeople. It is in this sprit that in recognition of the difficulties for many over the last few years that the submission fee has been significantly reduced to £10 for all categories.

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

The Private View and Awards Ceremony will be held by invitation on Thursday 25 August

The online submission form will open in early November, we look forward to receiving your application.