The British Glass Biennale 2019 - Greetings!
We welcome your submission for the 2019 exhibition.
The emphasis is on new work demonstrating the highest level of excellence in design, creative imagination and technical skill.
Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 24 February 2019
Exhibition Dates: 23 August to 28 Sept - Tues to Sat 10am to 4pm
Private View and Awards Ceremony held by invitation only on 22 August 2019
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
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.
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 will be processed upon receipt of a submission fee of £45 for entry into the Main category or £25 for entry into the Student category (a discount of £5 is offered to CGS members).
- All work must be available for purchase and made since 1 March 2017.
- 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.
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 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.
This should be used to describe each submission. 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 be available throughout the selection process and may also be used for display purposes should the submission be selected for the exhibition.
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).
Installations will be subject to a commission of 25% plus VAT.
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.
Example – Installation with non VAT registered applicant: If the artist’s wholesale price is £500, the retail price will be £800 i.e. the artist receives £500 and the Festival receives £250 plus £50 VAT.
It is the responsibility of the artist to inform the curator if their artwork is to be considered an installation. The curator is entitled to use his discretion and his view will be final.
Note: Prices cannot be changed upon selection unless valid reasons can be supplied. In this instance, the curator must be informed no later than eight weeks prior to the opening and it will be at the curator’s discretion for this change to be allowed.
The British Glass Biennale Jury
The jury members for 2019 are:
Dr Jane Cook: Chief Scientist, Corning Museum of Glass, USA, Róisín de Buitléar: Artist, Curator & Creative Director of Bloom Fringe, Dublin, Monica Guggisberg: Artist and Designer, Angel Monzon: Owner and Director, Vessel Gallery, London, Cathy Shankland: Exhibitions Officer, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Scotland
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 make a selection 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.
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.
People’s Prize This prize is awarded for the artwork selected by public vote.
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.
Glass Society First Prize and Second Prize The winners are selected by Members of the Glass Society. Winners of the 2019 British Glass Biennale Award and the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Art and Craft Awards are not eligible for selection.
Other awards may be presented at the Organisers’ discretion.
This will include permission to the International Festival of Glass/British Glass Biennale (through their parent company Ruskin Mill Land Trust) 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 5 August. All work must arrive at the delivery address by Friday 9 August to allow for 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 30 September 2019. Unsold pieces can be collected by prior arrangement from 5pm on the 28 Sept or can be couriered by prior arrangement from 30 September, and will be returned in the original packaging at the artist’s expense.