Events | 06-05-2023

Join next CGS glass Discovery Day at The Hepworth Wakefield

Do you want to find out more about contemporary glass? All are welcome at the next Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) Discovery Day, where glass artists will talk about their processes and inspirations.

Organised by CGS, the next in this series of Discovery Days taking place around the country during 2023 will be held at impressive art gallery The Hepworth Wakefield on Saturday 17 June 2023.

Come to West Yorkshire to meet an amazing melange of glass artists talking about their work and lives as contemporary glass artists. You will have the opportunity to interact with professional creatives and to find out more about the creative industries. Meet and make new contacts with glass artists local to you.

The four fascinating speakers are both established artists and young emerging makers. One of these speakers is an international artist, joining the day virtually by Zoom. CGS is bringing some of the best of the world’s contemporary glass artists to Wakefield to excite and inspire everyone.

The speakers are:

  • Joanna Manousis, a British–American artist working in glass and mixed media sculpture
  • David Reekie, an internationally renowned glass artist specialising in lost wax cast glass who reflects on the human condition
  • Jahday Ford, a glass artist and designer from Bermuda but based in Manchester, who specialises in hot glass fabrication and mould design
  • Kristiina Uslar, a glass artist from Estonia who works mainly in pâte de verre.

This Discovery Day in Wakefield includes exploring the beautiful Hepworth Wakefield gallery inside, as well as the garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith.

Glass artists attending are welcome to take part in a ‘Show and Tell’ session, bringing along a piece of their work and explaining the techniques and ideas behind it.

A Discovery Day offers participants the chance to explore the collaboration between heritage crafts and modern technology and to appreciate the value of glass not only as an artistic material but also its technical, scientific, historical and geographical importance.

Tickets cost £45 + booking fee (Early Bird price of £35 + booking fee available until 14 May 2023), which includes all the day’s events, refreshments and lunch. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite here.

The Hepworth Wakefield is at Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW. Website:

This Discovery Day is sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Charity Fund, the Glass Manufacturers Educational Trust and Pearsons Glass.

Image: Some of the speakers for the Hepworth Wakefield Discovery Day and examples of their artwork.

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