The International Festival of Glass and British Glass Biennale exhibition are both taking place for the third time this August throughout Stourbridge’s historic Glass Quarter in the West Midlands.
Forget goblets and vases; this is glass as you’ve never seen it before.
The world premiere of Tempestade, based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, uses special shadow puppets and instruments made out of Portuguese glass; dramatic glass dresses by Diana Dias-Leao are displayed with gorgeous glass jewellery, and a one day symposium investigates how designers dream up their designs.
Britain’s most esteemed glass caster, Keith Cummings, has a long overdue retrospective exhibition, and the international sculpture garden explores the themes of growth and cultural identity. These are just some of the events already programmed along with a number of inspiring large scale installations, heritage walks, demonstrations, lectures, a bead fair, narrowboat rides, workshops, street entertainment and the now famous festival ale.
Festival masterclasses and workshops for both established and beginner glass artists take place from August 18-21 with artists from Israel, Australia, USA, Egypt, India and Germany.
This is followed by four packed days, from August 22-25, of events, exhibitions and have a go sessions celebrating the wonderful art of glass and inviting everyone to take part.
The British Glass Biennale exhibition retains its position as the stunning highlight of the Festival. Featuring over 80 UK based artists exhibiting a beautiful and diverse range which includes sculptures, installations, vessels and beads. Awarding £14,000 in prize money, it is now the largest selling exhibition of contemporary glass in the UK and attracts top collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. The exhibition opens on August 22 at the Ruskin Glass Centre, Amblecote and runs until September 28.
* To find out more about the Festival masterclasses and events programme visit www.ifg.org.uk ,email email@example.com or call 01384 399410 and to find out more about the British Glass Biennale exhibition and artists submissions visit www.biennale.org.uk