Exhibitions | 26-10-2023

Call for artists for International Glass Bead Biennale 2024

Glass bead artists can now apply for the International Glass Bead Biennale 2024. This is a sister exhibition to the British Glass Biennale and both exhibitions are part of the International Festival of Glass – a major highlight of the UK contemporary glass calendar.

The juried show is open to artists, designers, craftspeople and students of all nationalities worldwide who create beads where glass is the key design element. All glassmaking techniques are welcome, as long as the piece conforms to the concept of a bead.

Criteria for submission:

  • Each artist may submit up to three individual beads. Each bead must be predominantly made of glass but may incorporate other materials
  • All work must be available for purchase and made since 1 March 2022
  • The bead must not exceed 10cm x 8cm in size but can be mounted, for example as a piece of jewellery
  • Each bead must have a hole (not just a loop.

The application fee is £10.


International Bead Biennale Award for Best in Show £350

International Bead Biennale Award Runner Up £150

International Bead Biennale Award Runner Up £100

The International Bead Biennale jury will select the award winners.

The prizes are sponsored by Barbara Beadman MBE.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 25 February 2024.

The Jury comprises: Will Farmer (director, Fieldings Auctioneers and Ceramic and Glass Specialist on BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow); Carole Morris (founder, editor and secretary of the Bead Society of Great Britain); Pam Reekie (administrator, Contemporary Glass Society), and Matt Durran (exhibition curator).

The International Glass Bead Biennale opens on 23 August 2024 and closes on 28 September 2024.

This will be the last International Festival of Glass and International Glass Bead Biennale hosted by the Ruskin Mill Land Trust at The Glasshouse in Stourbridge. The Glass Art Society will take over responsibility for the exhibition after 2024.

Address: International Glass Bead Biennale, The Glasshouse, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 4HF.

Submit your application via this link.

Find out more via the website: https://www.ifg.org.uk/2024-british-glass-bead-biennale

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