News | 14-05-2022

Invitation to submit glass articles for Arts journal

Glass artists and researchers are invited to submit content to a special issue of the MDPI open access publication, Arts, entitled ‘Art Glass Studies for a Changing World’.

Contributions are welcome on research, creative practice and innovations as they relate to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which were first published in 2015.

These goals seek to end poverty, protect the environment, achieve gender equality, and ensure health, wellbeing, peace and prosperity for all. Since their publication, the world has been focusing on how to implement them by 2030.

However, what does this mean in terms of art glass? ‘Art Glass Studies for a Changing World’ offers two themes that hope to find the answer:

  1. Articles that examine a range of sustainability drivers focused on responsible glass production and consumption, the key changes being made through studio practice, and exemplar models of practice.
  2. Articles that examine equality, diversity and inclusivity drivers from the perspective of the art glass community, plus those with socio-political narratives.

The far-reaching effect of the SDGs when viewed from the perspective of the international art glass movement is an engaging and exciting topic, states Dr Jessamy Kelly, one of the two guest editors of the publication. “Understanding how these goals can be or have been applied to contemporary art glass practice, education and its community is an important enquiry for this sector,” Kelly points out.

“This special issue will focus on the effect of the UN SDGs and how they can act within creative art glass practice as a form of socio-political commentary and narrative.”

Potential contributors can submit written reports on their research, creative practice, innovations, and experiences in the field of art glass for review by Kelly and fellow editor, Sarah Rothwell. Kelly is Lecturer in Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, while Rothwell is Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland.

The intention is to offer papers from a diverse community of researchers and practitioners who are advancing and challenging the boundaries of art glass through their work and research. These contributions will present a new perspective about the changing world of contemporary art glass.

This edition has a rolling deadline and submissions can be made from now until 23 April 2023.

Manuscript submission information

All submissions that pass the pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published as soon as accepted and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles and short communications are invited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers).

All manuscripts are subject to a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information are available here. There is an article processing charge of 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs) (approximately £983).

Manuscripts should be submitted online. Please register and then log in here on the MDPI website and then go to the submission form.

Arts is an international, peer-reviewed, open access, bi-monthly journal published by MDPI. MDPI is an open access publisher that has supported academic communities since 1996. Based in Basel, Switzerland, its mission is to foster open scientific exchange in all forms, across all disciplines.

‘Art Glass Studies for a Changing World’ follows on from the previous collection, called ‘Contemporary Glass Art: Materiality and Digital Technologies’.

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Image: Gregory Alliss’ ‘Trapped Flow’ is made from recycled cathode ray tube glass.

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