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Welcome to the British Glass Biennale and the International Bead Biennale 2022

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.

Prizes: British Glass Biennale Best in Show, The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London, Main Prizes and Student Awards, The Glass Arts Society (GAS) International Artists’ Prize,

The People’s Prize sponsored by Warm Glass; Young Collectors’ Award sponsored by Mark Holford. Other prizes to be announced.

 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 if the piece conforms to the concept of a bead. Max size 10cm x 8cm.

Prizes: International Bead Biennale Award for Best in Show & International Bead Biennale Award Runner Up. Prizes sponsored by Barbara Beadman.

For both 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.


You can apply for both exhibitions providing you meet all the criteria.

 Deadline midnight 27 February 2022