Once again, the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London were delighted to work with the British Glass Biennale to present our 2019 Art & Craft Award. The winners were announced at a Private View on 22 August at the Glasshouse, Stourbridge.
Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Award
Winner: Ian Chadwick, ‘Medicine for Garmonbozia (Glass Charger Index 1902)’, 2019
Runner Up: Emma Goring, ‘Divisions and Growth’, 2018
Runner Up: Bruno Romanelli, ‘Misam’, 2018
Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Student Award
Winner: Calum Dawes, ‘Witness 1-7’, 2018
About the awards
The Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Award is one of the major awards made by the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Charity Fund on behalf of the Company. We have worked in association with the British Glass Biennale since 2008 to offer four prizes, with a student section incorporated. The Glass Sellers Art & Craft Award is worth £2500 with a Runner up of £1000 and the Glass Sellers Art & Craft Student Award of £1000 with Runner up of £500.
The winner in each category (and his or her partner) will be invited to attend the Glass Sellers’ annual banquet at the Mansion House on 1 November 2019.
This year the judging panel were the Master – Leigh Baildham, Chairman of Trustees – John Whitman, Master’s Assistant – Barbara Beadman and David Wilkinson – Charity Trustee and Court Assistant.
What does winning the Glass Sellers’ Prize mean to you?
“The prize will be worn as a virtual badge of honour as I move through my future and therefore the opportunities it brings I will approach with a greater confidence and optimism.” More..
“Winning the prize means a lot to me. It has given me a confidence boost in my status as an emerging artist and is something that I am proud to be able to write on my CV and website.” More..
“Winning the prize certainly raises one’s profile, which I have noticed and increases social media interest. Those are both positive things.” More..
“Winning the student prize will most definitely bolster any application I make for a residency or something of that nature. As well as providing a boost to my confidence in my own work, which can be hard to muster when you’ve not been working in the field long.” More..
About the British Glass Biennale 2019
The British Glass Biennale is the foremost juried exhibition of excellence in contemporary glass by British artists, designers and craftspeople in the UK. With at least 80 major new glass works selected every two years, the British Glass Biennale is the flagship exhibition within the International Festival of Glass and attracts collectors, galleries and museums from around the world.
The British Glass Biennale is open to artists, designers, craftspeople and students working in all areas of contemporary glass practice or using glass as a key design element. The emphasis is on new work demonstrating the highest level of excellence in design, creative imagination and technical skill.
Seventy-four artists were selected out of 200 applicants for the 2019 British Glass Biennale. They presented the most interesting, diverse and outstanding glass art made in the UK in the last two years.