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Contemporary Glass Society at 25 years old

CGS at 25 – Live Exhibitions for 2022

2022 – a momentous year; 

The year we open up fully after the pandemic, the United Nations ‘ International Year of Glass, a 100 years of Pyrex celebration at the National Glass Centre at Sunderland,  the International Festival of Glass at Stourbridge. 

Most important of all – the Contemporary Glass Society’s celebration of 25 years of supporting studio glass makers!!!

To mark this, we are proposing a year- long series of events, often in collaboration with other national glass organisations and galleriesto celebrate and promote the strength and glory of the glass community within the United Kingdom. 

This is a list of the physical exhibitions that will be taking place around the country.  By notifying you of what is coming up, we hope that it will enable you to decide which you would like to participate in and to plan accordingly.

List of locations and dates:  ALL EXHIBITIONS ARE SELLING SHOWS. 

It’s all in the Technique:  National Glass Centre, Sunderland/ Selected 
Exhibition dates:                  15th January – 13th March
Application launch:                 2nd August, 2021
Deadline for applications:      4th October, 2021
Notification of acceptance:    4th November, 2021
Cost of application:                £25.00

In this show we are looking for work from artists that demonstrate the absolute best in the technique they are working in. 

Glorious Glass: Craft Centre, Leeds/ Open 
Exhibition dates:                  19th April – 23rd July
Application launch:                 22nd Nov, 2021
Deadline for applications:      28th February, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    21st March, 2022
Cost of application:                £25.00

The aim of the “Glorious Glass” exhibition is to demonstrate how utterly glorious and amazing contemporary glass is so that everyone can appreciate and enjoy its magical colours, textures, use of light and variety of techniques and also discover their own local glass artists.  The work displayed will feature as wide a range of techniques as possible. Each artist will explain why glass is glorious to them and why they have chosen the pieces on display to express that passion for their chosen material. 

Joyful Reflections: New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham/ Selected
Exhibition dates:                  30th April – 11th June
Application launch:                 6th Sept., 2021
Deadline for applications:      10th January, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    1st February, 2022
Cost of application:                £25.00

All our lives have been turned upside down since March, 2020.  We have all experienced highs and lows, fear and boredom, illness and isolation.  Through it all, acting as a solace for many of us, has been the sanctuary of our work and the beauty of the material that we work with. 
We invite you to step back from the sadness of the pandemic and to embrace the joy of life as we know it now.  We ask you to reflect upon the glorious and mysterious properties of glass – its transparency, its uniqueness, the variety of techniques it offers, its ability to reflect back at us – and to express joyful reflections on life and glass!

Earth/Sea/ Sky: London Glassblowing, London / Selected
Exhibition dates:                  25th June to 15th July, 2022.
Application launch:                 16th August, 2021
Deadline for applications:      25th February, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    21st March, 2022
Cost of application:                £25.00

We challenge our members to create work that is a celebration of the natural world in which we live – EARTH/SEA /SKY.  This response can take the form of:

  • Combining different glass making techniques yourself to create a new piece of glass work.
  • Collaborating with another member who uses a different glass technique to create a joint piece of work.
  • Combining different materials or found objects yourself to create a new piece of glass work.  (At least 50% must be glass.)
  • Collaborating with another artist from a different discipline to create a joint piece of work in different materials. (At least 50% must be glass.)

 Holiday Heaven – a Postcard from the Commonwealth: International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge Open
Exhibition dates:                  26th August –23rd September
Application launch:                 28th February, 2022
Deadline for applications:      31st March, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    30th April, 2022
Cost of application:                FREE

One of the impacts of the pandemic has been that many of us are still wary of venturing abroad so let your imagination take you around the world.  In this year of the Commonwealth Games, let’s celebrate the diversity and richness of the 54 countries and 14 territories that make up the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.
Take a magical mystery tour and send us a postcard from a richness of countries ranging from Australia to Zambia, from Bangladesh to Malta, from Brunei Darussalam to Vanuatu. Commonwealth countries are diverse – they are amongst the world’s biggest, smallest, richest and poorest countries.  

Bedazzled – 25 Glass Makers Impress: Pyramid Gallery, York – Selected
Exhibition dates:                  10th September – 30th October
Application launch:                 10th January, 2022
Deadline for applications:      1st April, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    28th April, 2022
Cost of application:                £10 to apply + £30 if accepted

The meaning of Bedazzle is “to greatly impress (someone) with outstanding ability or striking appearance”.  What more could anyone ask for in a glass show to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Contemporary Glass Society? We invite you to provide us with glasswork that dazzles us with your technique and the quality of your work!  Show us why glass is such a precious material to work with.  Maybe even introduce an element of silver to add bedazzle us and to commemorate our 25 years. 

Razzle Dazzle – FIVE X FIVE: Pyramid Gallery, York – Open
Exhibition dates:                  10th September – 30th October
Application launch:                 7th February, 2022
Deadline for applications:      9th May, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    30th May, 2022
Cost of application:                FREE

After a couple of years with little live entertainment, let’s add a little razzle dazzle to ours lives and celebrate what we love to watch or take part in.  It could be a night at the opera, your favourite Bacall/ Bogart film, the end of pier show, partying in Ibiza, a family barbeque or simply watching a flock of soaring birds. 
We want a bit of showiness, a flash of brilliance, a little decorative loveliness, even a little opulence to enhance our spirits and make us smile with joyfulness!  We invite you to make a little piece of eye catching beauty in glass – a colourful celebration of live entertainment to make our hearts beat faster.  (The size will be 15 x 11cms maximum.)

CGS at 25: Vessel Gallery, London – Selected
Exhibition dates: September – October

Try and keep this email as a reminder of what’s coming up!
The application forms will be staggered and we will inform you each time that we release an application form for each individual exhibition. 

The forms will be available to download from the CGS website.  We have created a new CGS  at 25: Programme of Exhibitions for 2022 on the NOTICEBOARD.

We will be releasing details on the Online Exhibition Programme plus monthly events over the next couple of months.