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Stephen Gillies & Kate Jones. Aesculus – Steel Blue over Green.
Photo: Artist’s Own
Stephen Gillies & Kate Jones. Aesculus – Steel Blue over Green.

Mark Holford

 Sponsor of the Young Collector's Prize

The British Glass Biennale could not happen without the sponsorship & support of various organisations and individuals

A sincere thank you to all that made the 2012 exhibition possible. We are looking forward to working with the following sponsors in 2015.

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities within the British Glass Biennale, visit the Become a Sponsor page or contact Patricia Russell on

The British Glass Biennale is part of the International Festival of Glass

The first International Festival of Glass was held in 2004. This replaced the Dudley Glass Festival, which had been a smaller, local authority led event focusing on one or two sites within the Stourbridge Glass Quarter.

The IFG was initiated by a consortium of local public, private and charitable organisations. Ruskin Mill Educational Trust (Ruskin Glass Centre) took on the co-ordinating role from the outset.

The overall aim of the Festival is to create an internationally renowned, vibrant festival celebrating the drama and excitement of glassmaking with an atmosphere of inspiration, social inclusion and lively cultural exchange.

The Festival programme takes place in a number of venues which vary each year. The venues include Ruskin Glass Centre, Broadfield House Glass Museum, Red House Glass Cone, the Bonded Warehouse and Holy Trinity Church. Most of the venues are within the Glass Quarter, Stourbridge.

The Festival is held every two years. It is divided into two components – a series of masterclasses and workshops for both established and beginner glass artists at the beginning of the week and a celebratory festival packed with demonstrations, presentations, exhibitions, heritage trails, graveyard walks, children’s events and fantastic street theatre for general members of the public. 

The 2015 Masterclasses will take place from 25 to 27 May; with the Public Festival following from 28 to 31 May. 

2015 Exhibition Funder: Ruskin Mill Educational Trust

The Ruskin Glass Centre Ltd is a subsidiary of the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust, a charity pioneering in specialist education for young people with learning difficulties. The Trust promotes culture, arts and special needs education within the context of social regeneration and is inspired by the ideas of John Ruskin, William Morris and Rudolf Steiner.

2015 Exhibition Funder: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

2015 Exhibition & Awards Sponsor: Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London

About the company

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers and Looking-Glass Makers of London is one of the older of the City's Livery Companies, receiving its Charter in 1664.  At its formation the Company’s role was to regulate the Glass-Selling and Pot-Making industries within the City of London.  Today glass is used in technology, communication, medical instruments and even the manufacture of cars, aircraft and yachts.  Our involvement with the glass industry encompasses every sub sector and the last two recipients of The Glass Sellers’ Science & Technology Award have come from these wider areas.

The Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Award

Working under the patronage of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, George Ravenscroft made his famous discovery of lead crystal glass. Its manufacture subsequently began in 1674 on the site now occupied by the Savoy Hotel in the Strand. Since then the Glass Sellers Company has continued, in various ways, to support the art of glassmaking consolidating this, in the main, in two awards for Glass Art: 

  • The Glass Sellers Art & Craft Award worth £5000 with a Runner up of £1000 
  • The Glass Sellers Art & Craft Student Award of £1000 with Runner up of £500

The Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Award used to be an annual prize but since 2008 has been linked to the British Glass Biennale and is awarded biennially. The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers will once again select the winners of their Art & Craft Awards from the selected exhibitors within the British Glass Biennale.


2015 Award for Emerging Talent: London Glassblowing

Emerging Talent is a new award sponsored by London Glassblowing. The award will be given to an exceptional artist who is using material in an original, inspired and thoughtful way. The judges will take into account their biographical material – their developments and achievements leading up to the exhibition - as well as the quality of their work in the Biennale. The winning artist will receive prize money of £3,000. 

The prize money is to provide monetary assistance for materials for further study, time to experiment or to attend a residency for example. The winner of the London Glassblowing Emerging Talent Award will be decided by Peter Layton in consultation with the Biennale Jury.

2015 Award Sponsor: Art in Action

2010 saw the addition to the British Glass Biennale Awards of the Art in Action Award for Contemporary Glass, which gives a prize of £1000 and where possible an invitation to demonsatrate at this prestigious event. 

Art in Action is an annual event inspired by the simple principle that people are fascinated when artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their work. In 1977, 51 artists and musicians took part and 14,000 visitors arrived. Today Art in Action welcomes approximately 25,000 people over four days. Visitors come to learn, buy and enjoy, the exhibitions, classes and performances of 400 demonstrating artists, designer makers, teachers, musicians and performers. Disciplines include painting, sculpture, glass, woodwork, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery.

The next Art in Action will take place between 16 - 19 July 2015


2015 Award Sponsor: craft&design Magazine

The craft&design Award at the British Glass Biennale

craft&design magazine is delighted to once again offer The craft&design Award at the British Glass Biennale. Since 2010 the winner has been announced at the end of the exhibition and has received promotion and marketing with craft&design magazine and at to the value of £3,500. Again there will also be a Highly Commended Award, with a prize of promotion and marketing to the value of £1,750.

2015 Award Sponsor: Warm Glass UK

Warm Glass UK will once again sponsor The People's Prize, which will be presented to the artist receiving the most votes from the public during the exhibition. The winner will receive glass artist materials donated by Warm Glass UK. The winner of the award will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

Warm Glass UK is the glass artists' sourse for fused glass supplies including dichroic & Bullseye glass, kilns, moulds and more. 



  • 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
    Open Daily: 10am – 5pm