Call to Artists “Stories-Whispers from the Past to the Present”

Image – Catherine Lowe

“Stories – Whispers from the Past and the Present”

A joint exhibition by the Scottish Glass Society and the Contemporary Glass Society

14th to 22nd September, 2022:  Trades House, Glasgow

3rd to 29th October, 2022: Wasps Creative Academy, Inverness




In 2022, the Scottish Glass Society (SGS) and the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) are promoting the UN designated International Year of Glass with a joint exhibition of contemporary glass art created by their members.  This is part of CGS’s ongoing celebrations of their 25th anniversary as the principle supporter and promoter of artists and collectors of contemporary glass in the UK. 

The exhibition will open in Trades House, Glasgow in the Merchant City area and run from 14th to 22nd September, coinciding with the Glasgow ‘Doors Open’ week.  The exhibition then moves to the Wasps Creative Academy in Inverness, running from 3rd to 29th October.  Wasps is Scotland’s national provider of creative spaces redeveloping historic yet redundant buildings to house creative communities 

The theme for the exhibition is taken from Scotland’s Year of Stories.This spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. From icons of literature to local tales, the 2022 Year of Stories aims to encourage locals and visitors to experience a diversity of voices, take part in events and explore the places, people and cultures connected to all forms of our stories, past and present.

“Stories – Whispers from the Past and the Present” is intended to promote and raise awareness of the glory of contemporary glass.  It will encourage makers to consider the five strands of Scotland’s theme for 2022:

Iconic stories and storytellers
To showcase Scotland’s wealth of treasured and iconic stories and storytellers from classics to contemporary across literature, the screen and the entertainment world.

New stories
To shine a light on emerging, fresh and forward-looking talent and highlight the innovators that break boundaries across all forms of storytelling.

Scotland’s people and places
To promote how Scotland’s diverse culture, languages, landscapes and ways of life, urban and rural, provide a source for all types and forms of stories

Local tales and legends
To bring to the forefront those distinct tales that communities pass through the generations. Those stories that we tell ourselves and share with others to make sense of time and place.

Inspired by nature
To feature our encounters with nature. Whether by the sea or land, along rivers or through woods, in city and country, we discover stories of birds, insects, animals and plants. These stories define our place in the natural world and help create a more sustainable future for Scotland, and a greener planet.

The aim of the “Stories – Whispers from the Past and the Present” exhibition is to demonstrate how utterly glorious and amazing contemporary glass is so that everyone can appreciate and enjoy its magical colours, textures, use of light and variety of techniques.  It is also an opportunity for the public to not only discover their own local glass artists but to encounter work from other parts of the UK.  This joint exhibition will be one that celebrates both Scotland and also the collaboration between national glass societies.  The work displayed will feature as wide a range of techniques as possible.

There is an entry fee of £40 per application and £20 for students which covers inclusion in both exhibitions.  This entitles you to include a maximum of two entries per member.  This is a selected show open to all members of the Scottish Glass Society and CGS members.  Non-members of SGS and of CGS are welcome to submit an application but must join SGS or CGS to do so.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on the 25 July, 2022

Exhibition Entry Fee


This is an open exhibition for all SGS and CGS members. Our aim is to include all entries, subject to space limitations at the venues. Any selection will be based on the number of applications received and the need to represent as many artists as possible.

Entrants must be paid up members of either the Scottish Glass Society or the Contemporary Glass Society.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept members’ work from outside the United Kingdom for this exhibition.

Work must comprise of at least 50% medium of glass.

Work submitted for consideration must have been made after 1 January, 2018.

It must be possible to deliver selected works to the Trades House, Glasgow on 12th September, 2022. The work will then be transported to Inverness.

The work must be available from 12th September until the first week in November to allow time to pack and return work following the end of the exhibition.

The work must be for sale.

The artist must complete all points included in the attached application form.

Artists may submit up to two pieces of work, taking into account that all artists must be equally represented within the exhibition.

Work must be resilient to both heat and light as it is not possible to control environmental factors in either locations.

Exhibition Entry Fee