On the Edge: Submit your work

Applications are now open for submissions for the SGS@40 Juried Exhibition – On The Edge.  Submissions close at midnight on 2nd May 2019.

Please read the information below.  Entry into this exhibition constitutes an agreement to all the terms stated on this page and within the submission form, with both the Scottish Glass Society and North Lands Creative.

Once you have read the exhibition information below you can submit your application to the exhibition.

Theme : On the Edge

  • Boldly resisting perceptions of any limitations of glass as an art form.
  • Exploring stress lines between historical concepts and ideas against contemporary thought processes.
  • Contrasting hardness of form versus the diversity of light and soft texture.

Though you might want to explore these ideas in your work, artists should respond to the theme in any way they feel appropriate.

Key Dates

  • Online submission closing date – Midnight 2nd May 2019
  • Selection of work – w/c 6 May 2019
  • Notification of accepted works – w/c 13 May 2019
  • Delivery date to gallery (Lybster) – Between 17 and 21 June 2019 (21st is the final date for delivery)
  • Exhibition dates – 8-26 July 2019 (preview 5 July)
  • Removal of work from gallery – 29 July 2019. Work will be shipped to Glasgow and securely stored for the exhibition in September.
  • Installation at Trades Hall – 15-17 September 2019
  • Exhibition at Trades Hall – 18-25 September 2019
  • Work available for collection – 26 September 2019


You must be a current member of the Scottish Glass Society and all membership fees must be up to date.  To become a member or renew your membership, see our Join SGS page.


The SGS People’s Prize will be voted for by visitors to the exhibition. Other prizes to be confirmed.


A maximum of two glass works per artist can be submitted for consideration. A maximum of one work per artist will be accepted for the exhibition.

All work  must have been made in the last five years.

The work can be in any glass form, painted, decorative, blown, cast, fused, lampworking, etc. but must contain at least 50% glass.

Entries are submitted using the SGS exhibition form. You will be asked to include:

  • artist’s name;
  • a brief artist statement;
  • title and description of work;
  • dimensions (H x W x D) in cm and weight;
  • details of the techniques used to create the piece;
  • 1 to 3 high resolution jpgs of each artwork, with file names that include your surname, initial, title of piece (can be abbreviated) and photo credit – for example: Smith_J_Moonlight_1.jpg or Smith_J_Moonlight_2 _Photocred_JoeBloggs.jpg
  • sale price (if applicable) – please take into account that 40% commission should be included in your pricing;

You will be asked to sign the SGS artist’s agreement statement as part of the application.

All work must be well made, appropriately annealed and considered safe for purposes of public display.

Entry fee

An entry fee of £40 (£20 for students) for up to two glass works will be charged to help cover the cost of the exhibition space, catalogue, insurance, transportation between venues, etc.


The final exhibition pieces will be selected blind by a jury (i.e. jury members will not be given artists’ names). The jury will consist of Karen Phillips, Director of North Lands Creative; Sarah Rothwell, Curator Modern and Contemporary Design, National Museums Scotland; and a member of Scottish Glass Society.

Presentation of work

  • All accepted works must be presented in a ready-to-install condition including hanging wires and any specialised hardware.
  • Pedestals for all 3D work will be provided by the gallery.
  • All works need to be labelled with artist’s name and title.
  • You should provide directions for mounting, i.e. ‘top’, ‘bottom’, ‘No1’ etc. or a scaled diagram if appropriate.
  • Specific hanging/display instructions must be included with your pieces when delivered to the gallery along with detailed instructions on how to unpack and repack your work.
  • You must include clear instructions within the packaging regarding collection of the work if unsold at the end of the exhibition (after Glasgow).
  • Please refer to the packaging information in the application form.


Every care will be exercised when handling works while they are in on display and during transport between the venues.

The gallery will take responsibility for work at the point it is unpacked in the gallery. This will continue until the piece is repacked and leaves the gallery. SGS will transport, store and insure the work between exhibitions.

The artist is responsible for insuring their work for delivery to North Lands Creative and upon collection from Trades Hall. Please note that you need to check that your work is insured as glass if you are using a carrier to deliver/collect it.

Submit your work

Submissions for On The Edge are now closed.

The SGS@40 project is supported by Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.