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British Glass Biennale ’Best in Show’ 2012 award winner Louis Thompson’s piece Troupe: Dance Composition 
Photo by: John Plant
British Glass Biennale Private View & Awards Ceremony 2012

Awards 2012

In 2012, the British Glass Biennale once again awarded £3,000 for the piece considered to be ’Best in Show’. As with all previous years the award winner was selected by the Jury panel from the original selection process once the exhibition had been set up. This award has been made possible by the generous donation of Mark Holford, who also supported the exhibition in 2010. The British Glass Biennale is also delighted to be working once again in association with the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, who in addition to their kind sponsorship of the exhibition, again offered four awards, totalling £7,500.

2010 saw the addition of a number of new awards and the British Glass Biennale is pleased to announce that these relationships have continued in this year’s exhibition. Therefore the award winners listed below were announced at the prestigious Private View and Awards Ceremony on the 23rd August 2012. A further three award winners were announced at the close of the exhibition on the 15th September.


Award Winners 2012

£3,000 British Glass Biennale Award for ’Best in Show’, sponsored by Mark Holford

Winner - Louis Thompson, Troupe: Dance Composition. Receiving award from Malcolm Andrews

Image Credits: Ester Segarra (left), Simon Bruntnell (right)


£5,000 Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Award

Winner - Colin Reid, Untitled Colour Saturation R1646. Receiving award from Martin Scarth

Image Credits: Artist’s Own (left), Simon Bruntnell (right)


£1,000 Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Award, Runner Up

Winner - Richard Jackson and Sally Fawkes, Observational Exchange. Image Credit: Sally Fawkes

£1,000 Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Student Award

Winner - Vicky Higginson, Atarashii Chado. Receiving award from Martin Scarth

Image Credits: David Williams (left), Simon Bruntnell (right)


£500 Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Student Award, Runner Up

A runner up prize was not awarded this year due to the age limit of 30 for the student award, however the Glass Sellers wished to give a special mention to Louise Cloke for her work, Aura I & II. Image credit: Ester Segarra

£1,000 Art in Action Award for Contemporary Glass

Winner - Andrea Spencer. Receiving award from Stephen Prendergast

Image Credits: Simon Bruntnell


The craft&design Award at the British Glass Biennale

Winner - Joseph Harrington, Buttress II (left)

Highly Commended - Matt Hayes, Residue (right)


The People’s Prize 2012 sponsored by Warm Glass UK

Joint winners - Matt Hayes, Residue and Graham Muir, Waveform Rising


Award Details

The winner of the Art in Action Award will also be offered the chance to demonstrate at the following year’s Art in Action. craft&design magazine will offer the winners of their awards promotional and marketing within their magazine to the value of £3,500 for the winner and £1,750 for the highly commended. Warm Glass have kindly donated £500 of glass artist materials to the winner of the People’s Prize, which is voted for by visitors to the exhibition.

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Awards was selected from the exhibitors within the British Glass Biennale by their own jury, comprising:

Professor John Whiteman
Leigh Baildham
Barbara Beadman
Maria Chanmugam
Richard Katz
Stephen Pollock-Hill

For more information about the sponsors of the various awards, visit the ’About’ page. Scroll through the above awards pages to see previous winners from 2004 - 2010.





  • Call for Entries Deadline :
    20 February 2017
  • Awards Ceremony:
    24 August 2017
  • Exhibition Opens:
    25 August 2017
  • Winners Announced:
    24 August 2017
  • Exhibition Ends:
    9 September 2017
  • British Glass Biennale:
    Stourbridge, West Midlands
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