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British Glass Biennale

Finalists for the 2015 Biennale have been announced

Seventy-six artists have been selected for the British Glass Biennale from more than 200 applications. The list includes plenty of established makers such as Katherine Colman, Sally Fawkes and Richard Jackson, Angela Jarman, Max Jacquard and Emma Woofenden with a notable portion of student work appearing too. The Biennale, part of the International Festival of Glass, welcomes its first guest curator this year in the shape of Crafts Council trustee Matt Durran. The Biennale panel was made up of curator Janice Blackburn, writer Graham Fisher, collector Mark Holford, artist David Reekie and Jonathan Watkins of Ikon gallery.

‘The quality of submissions was remarkable and the jury had a really tough time creating the shortlist,’ said Elisabeth Johnson, director of the International festival of Glass, ‘We were impressed with the variety of styles and range of techniques on offer and were particularly pleased to see so many student submissions, showing that the appetite for studio glass continues to grow. I can’t wait to see the final exhibition and am on tenterhooks for the awards evening on 27 May.”

Award winners will be announced when the Biennale closes on 28 June.

British Glass Biennale is at Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge from 28 May to 28 June 

www.biennale.org.uk

Ayse Simsek and Dr Heike Brachlow, Optic Winding III. Image: Ester Segarra

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