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visitors at the opening ceremony
Visitors at the opening ceremony - 2015

The International Festival of Glass 2017

Glass for Good

The International Festival of Glass and British Glass Biennale exhibition makes a welcome return for the seventh time this August throughout Stourbridge’s historic Glass Quarter in the West Midlands. Since its inception in 2004 the Festival’s aim has been to celebrate and showcase the skill and innovation of the glass industry and makers, both historic and contemporary. This year we sought examples of how glass has been a positive influence in our lives and came across some fantastic projects we wanted to share.

The inspirational Hot Shop Heroes programme in Tacoma, US has been supporting some of America’s wounded soldiers by teaching them to blow glass. Project Leader Patricia Davidson is joining the festival to share her experience and to help launch a new programme for UK veterans at the Ruskin Glass Centre. Scientists from the University of Sheffield explain why they put nuclear waste in glass to keep it safe; the last glass-eye-maker in the UK, Jost Haas, joins us to demonstrate his extraordinary skills; we try to set a new world record for the longest stretch of fused glass bunting; and the community can help make a new mosaic out of glass factory waste unearthed nearby. Storytellers from the famous Crick Crack Club explore the transformative and magical power of glass and Red House Glass Cone is the inspiration for a unique audio-visual installation by artist Andy Garbi.

We also warmly welcome the newest attraction in the Stourbridge Glass Quarter, the White House Cone museum of glass, which will become home for the famous collections cared for by Dudley Council, thanks to the dedicated work of the British Glass Foundation. Its launch event is a twenty year retrospective of resident glass artist, Allister Malcolm, who has invited 20 artists to display alongside.These are just some of the events already programmed. The Festival features 16 inspiring exhibitions, over 300 artists, BBC Antique Roadshow’s Will Farmer leading the Fun Auction, fascinating heritage and graveyard walks, expert demonstrations, lectures and presentations, the ever-popular bead fair, narrowboat rides and lively street entertainment.

Four packed days, from 25 – 28 August, includes lots of have-a-go sessions celebrating the wonderful art of glass so everyone can take part. Local residents and businesses are invited to decorate their windows in ‘Window Wanderland’, a mass participation event and walking trail. The British Glass Biennale exhibition retains its position as the stunning highlight of the Festival. Featuring 63 British or UK based artists exhibiting a beautiful and diverse range which includes sculptures, installations, vessels and films. This year marks the awarding of £100,000 worth of prizes since 2004.  The British Glass Biennale is now the largest selling exhibition of contemporary glass in the UK and attracts top collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. The exhibition opens on 25 August at the Ruskin Glass Centre, Amblecote and runs until 9 September.

To find out more about the Festival events and programme visit www.ifg.org.uk

For more information contact: Janine Christley, Festival Director, 07977 174761


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