Welcome to the British Glass Biennale and the International Bead Biennale

Since its inception in 2004 the International Festival of Glass has celebrated and showcased the skill and innovation of the glass industry and makers, historic and contemporary, local and international.

At the heart of the Festival is the British Glass Biennale, the foremost juried exhibition of excellence in contemporary glass by UK based artists, designers and craftspeople and British artists working abroad. The exhibition features the latest work from across the whole spectrum of glass techniques and uses an anonymous selection process, giving emerging artists an equal opportunity to be selected alongside the top names in British glass.

The International Bead Biennale is being held for the first time as part of the International Festival of Glass 2022.

The International Bead Biennale is 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.

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.

The exhibitions open on 26 August 2022.

Submissions close on Sunday 27 February 2022. Applications are accepted through the Submittable website. For guidance on how to set up an account and submit applications please follow this link.

https://submittable.help/submitters/making-new-submissions/how-do-i-submit

Thank you for your interest in the British Glass Biennale and the International Bead Biennale.

The International Festival of Glass is organised by the Ruskin Mill Land Trust. Charity number 1053705

The British Glass Biennale 2022

We welcome your submission for the 2022 exhibition.

The emphasis is on new work demonstrating the highest level of excellence in design, creative imagination and technical skill.

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 27 February 2022

Exhibition Dates: 26 August to 1 October - Tues to Sat 10am to 4pm

Private View and Awards Ceremony held by invitation only on 25 August 2022

Enquiries: BGB@rmlt.org.uk

Eligibility For Entry

Main Section Applications for the Main Section are welcomed from artists, designers and craftspeople, working in all areas of contemporary glass practice or using glass as a key design element.

Applicants submitting to exhibit in this section must:

have been living and/or working in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the last two consecutive years

OR

be living, working or studying abroad providing they have a British passport and have previously lived in the UK for at least 15 years

Student Section Applications for the Student Section are welcomed from artists, designers and craftspeople.

Applicants submitting to exhibit in this section must:

be studying in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

OR

be studying abroad, providing they have a British passport and have previously lived in the UK for at least 15 years

Criteria and Guidelines for Submission

Note: Submissions which do not adhere to all of the stated criteria will not be placed before the Jury.

  • Applications in all sections will be processed upon receipt of a submission fee of £10
  • All work must be available for purchase and made since 1 March 2019.
  • Each artist may submit up to three pieces of work. Each piece must be predominantly made of glass but may incorporate other materials.
  • The artist’s name MUST NOT be included in the label of the image (or film), or appear in the image (or film) itself. Images containing the artist’s name will not be shown to the jury for consideration.
  • All Images must be of media quality in a JPEG or Tiff format no smaller than 40 x 30 cm and at a resolution of 300 DPI.

DEADLINE for entries - Midnight Sunday 27 February

Restrictions There will no size restriction, however, only plinth, wall, floor and hanging space will be offered.

The method of display of whole installations, even if selected by the Jury, will be at the sole discretion of the Exhibition Curator.

Although every effort will be taken to stay true to the artist’s vision, part installation may be necessary and negotiation of space will not be entered into. This should therefore be taken into account, by the artist, when deciding on the scale of the work they wish to submit for consideration.

Collaborations A collaborative work will be treated as a single application with only one photograph and biography entry included in the catalogue.

Third Party Rights Artists must declare the names of any third parties who may have or have had intellectual property, moral or other rights in any part of the entry or its design or development. Artists must be able to demonstrate on demand any third party rights have been assigned, licensed or waived as appropriate, for relevant purposes.

Additional Information

This should be used where clarification of an image may be needed. It must be specific to your submitted piece. Information may include descriptions of the use of glass in the design; any production, manufacturing or construction processes that may not be obvious in the images; and/or information about the design process.

The information will not automatically be read to the Jury but will be available throughout the selection process should a Jury member request further information.

Pricing your Work All pieces will be on sale at retail price with the Festival taking 50% commission, plus VAT on that commission (currently 20% but subject to change if rate differs at time of sale).

Example – non VAT registered applicant: If the artist’s wholesale price is £500, the retail price will be £1100 i.e. the artist receives £500 and the Festival receives £500 plus £100 VAT.

Example – VAT registered applicant: If the artist’s wholesale price is £500, the retail price will be £1200 i.e. the artist receives £500 plus £100 VAT and the Festival receives £500 plus £100 VAT.

Note: Prices cannot be changed upon selection unless valid reasons can be supplied. In this instance, the Exhibition Curator must be informed no later than eight weeks prior to the opening and it will be at the Exhibition Curator’s discretion for this change to be allowed.


The British Glass Biennale Jury

The jury members for 2022 are:

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

Bryony Windsor    Relationship Manager (Visual Arts) Midlands, 

                              Arts Council England


Matt Durran           Exhibition Curator     


The British Glass Biennale jury will accept submissions for the Main Section and the Student Section. Each section will be judged as a separate category.

Images submitted are placed before the jury panel anonymously. Each piece will be judged on its own merit and the jury will select on the basis of the images and information supplied, considering all aspects of design from technical excellence through to strength of concept. The jury will endeavour to select a balance of current techniques and trends.

The decision of the jury is final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into in relation to the selection process.

Awards

British Glass Biennale Award for Best in Show The British Glass Biennale jury will select the winner of this award from all exhibitors selected for both the Main Section and Student Section.

Glass Sellers’ Main Award The Glass Sellers’ jury will select the winner and runner up of this award from all exhibitors selected for the Main Section, including previous winners of the Glass Sellers’ Student Award and the Glass Sellers’ Main Award runner up, but excluding winners of this award within the last five years.

Glass Sellers’ Student Award The Glass Sellers’ jury will select the winner and runner up of this award from exhibitors selected for the Student Section including previous runners-up of the Glass Sellers’ Student Award, but excluding previous winners of this award.

Note: Stained glass windows are specifically excluded from the Glass Seller's awards.

The Glass Arts Society International Artists’ Prize This prize will be awarded by the Board of GAS and signifies international recognition of the winning artist by his/her professional peers.

Glass Society Newcomer Award This prize recognises the most original newcomer to the Biennale.

Glass Society Prize Award This prize is open to all entries of work that fit with the theme 'Uniting the Planet'

Both of these awards will be selected by the Glass Society Board Members and recognize the challenges facing glassmakers in recent times.

Guild of Glass Engravers Award Selected by the Guild of Glass Engravers 

People’s Prize This prize is awarded for the artwork selected by public vote and is sponsored by Warm Glass.

Young Collectors’ Award This prize is awarded for the artwork selected by children aged 16 and under. A specially commissioned piece of glass is also given to a child selected at random from the entries. Sponsored by Mark Holford.

Contractual Agreements

If you are selected, the Letter of Agreement between Selected Artist and The Ruskin Mill Land Trust (RMLT) you have read and agreed to will be applied.

This will include permission to the International Festival of Glass/British Glass Biennale to use the images/information supplied. Please ensure that you have the right to grant permission if successful.

All work will be covered by insurance whilst on the Glasshouse Arts Centre’s premises. Applicants should ensure that their work is insured in transit to and from the Glasshouse Arts Centre.

If selected, applicants must agree to supply installation requirements, any further information requested for the purposes of promotion and agree to adhere to relevant deadlines for this information.

Delivery takes place during week commencing Monday 8 August. All work must arrive at the delivery address by Friday 12 August to allow for catalogue, preparation and display of work. Delivery Address: British Glass Biennale, Glasshouse Arts Centre, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HF.

The British Glass Biennale will be taken down week commencing 3 October 2022. Unsold pieces can be collected by prior arrangement from 5pm on 1 October or can be couriered by prior arrangement from 3 October, and will be returned in the original packaging at the artist’s expense.

Please note: subject to any arrangements made between the Artist and RMLT in advance of Saturday 1 October 2022, the Artist agrees that any works not collected by the end of the day on Wednesday 5 October 2022 will become part of the Ruskin Glass Collection.

The International Bead Biennale 2022

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.

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 27 February 2022

Exhibition Dates: 26 August to 1 October - Tues to Sat 10am to 4pm

Private View and Awards Ceremony held by invitation only on 25 August 2022

Enquiries: BGB@rmlt.org.uk

Criteria and Guidelines for Submission

Note: Submissions which do not adhere to all of the stated criteria will not be placed before the Jury.

  • Applications will be processed upon receipt of a submission fee of £10
  • All work must be available for purchase and made since 1 March 2020
  • Each artist may submit up to three pieces of work. Each piece must be predominantly made of glass but may incorporate other materials
  • The bead must not exceed 10cm x 8cm in size but can be mounted, for example as a piece of jewellery
  • Each bead must have a hole (not just a loop)
  • All images must be of media quality in a JPEG or Tiff format no smaller than 40 x 30 cm and at a resolution of 300 DPI.


DEADLINE for entries - Midnight Sunday 27 February

Restrictions

The method of display will be at the sole discretion of the Exhibition Curator.

Although every effort will be taken to stay true to the artist’s vision, negotiation of space will not be entered into.

Collaborations A collaborative work will be treated as a single application with only one photograph and biography entry included in the catalogue.

Third Party Rights Artists must declare the names of any third parties who may have or have had intellectual property, moral or other rights in any part of the entry or its design or development. Artists must be able to demonstrate on demand any third party rights have been assigned, licensed or waived as appropriate, for relevant purposes.

Additional Information

This should be used where clarification of an image may be needed. It must be specific to your submitted piece. Information may include descriptions of the use of glass in the design; any production, manufacturing or construction processes that may not be obvious in the images; and/or information about the design process.

The information will not automatically be read to the Jury but will be available throughout the selection process should a Jury member request further information.

Pricing your Work All pieces will be on sale at retail price with the Festival taking 50% commission, plus VAT on that commission (currently 20% but subject to change if rate differs at time of sale).

Example – non VAT registered applicant: If the artist’s wholesale price is £100, the retail price will be £220 i.e. the artist receives £100 and the Festival receives £100 plus £20 VAT.

Example – VAT registered applicant: If the artist’s wholesale price is £100, the retail price will be £240 i.e. the artist receives £100 plus £20 VAT and the Festival receives £100 plus £20 VAT.

Note: Prices cannot be changed upon selection unless valid reasons can be supplied. In this instance, the Exhibition Curator must be informed no later than eight weeks prior to the opening and it will be at the Exhibition Curator’s discretion for this change to be allowed.

The International Bead Biennale Jury

The jury members for 2022 are:

Vic Bamforth           Glass Artist, Vic Bamforth Glass

Barbara Beadman   Hon. Member GBUK; Director of British Glass; Prime Warden,

                                 Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers

Pauline Holt             Jazzy Lily Glass, Hon. Member GBUK


Matt Durran              Exhibition Curator


Images submitted are placed before the jury panel and each piece will be judged on its own merit. The Jury will select on the basis of the images and information supplied, considering all aspects of design from technical excellence through to strength of concept.

The decision of the Jury is final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into in relation to the selection process.

Awards

International Bead Biennale Award for Best in Show 

International Bead Biennale Award Runner Up 

The International Bead Biennale Jury will select the winner and runner up of these awards from all exhibitors. Awards sponsored by Barbara Beadman.

Other awards may be presented at the Organisers’ discretion.

Contractual Agreements

If you are selected, the Letter of Agreement between Selected Artist and The Ruskin Land Trust (RMLT) you have read and agreed to will be applied.

This will include permission to the International Festival of Glass/International Bead Biennale to use the images/information supplied. Please ensure that you have the right to grant permission if successful.

All work will be covered by insurance whilst on the Glasshouse Arts Centre’s premises. Applicants should ensure that their work is insured in transit to and from the Glasshouse Arts Centre.

If selected, applicants must agree to supply installation requirements, any further information requested for the purposes of promotion and agree to adhere to relevant deadlines for this information.

Delivery takes place during week commencing Monday 8 August. All work must arrive at the delivery address by Friday 12 August to allow for catalogue, preparation and display of work. Delivery Address: International Bead Biennale, Glasshouse Arts Centre, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HF.

The International Bead Biennale will be taken down week commencing 3 October 2022. Unsold pieces can be collected by prior arrangement from 5pm on 1 October or can be couriered by prior arrangement from 3 October, and will be returned in the original packaging at the artist’s expense.

Please note: subject to any arrangements made between the Artist and RMLT in advance of Saturday 1 October 2022, the Artist agrees that any works not collected by the end of the day on Wednesday 5 October 2022 will become part of the Ruskin Glass Collection.

British Glass Biennale & International Bead Biennale