We are pleased to announce that SGS have been awarded funding from The National Lottery via Creative Scotland to co-ordinate a Celebration of Scottish Glass. The project will co-ordinate marketing for the flurry of glass activity that is taking place in Edinburgh this September, as well as creating new events.
“As we were planning for our annual exhibition in Edinburgh we noticed that there was lots of other exciting glass-related activity scheduled in the city for September”, explained committee member Kirsten Gow. “SGS felt that this was a fantastic opportunity to work together to promote glass in Scotland and we have been working with Edinburgh College of Art, North Lands Creative Glass, Gallery TEN, the Scottish Stained Glass Trust and individual artists to look at ways we can co-ordinate our efforts and celebrate glass in Scotland.”
New events created as part of the celebration will include a talk by artist Helga Reay Young, founder member of the Women’s International Glass Workshops, and a walking tour of Edinburgh exploring the city’s contemporary and historic glass.
Alongside the ‘Elemental’ and ‘Shipping Forecast’ exhibitions which will be held at Coburg House Gallery, Leith from 10th-22nd September, the celebration will take in the North Lands Creative Glass 20th anniversary conference. This will see makers, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world jet in to Edinburgh to take part in topical and practical events in a packed conference program.
The Edinburgh College of Art retrospective will celebrate the work of past graduates working with glass, whilst the Dovecot Gallery hosts North Lands’ exhibition ‘A Portrait at 20’ exploring the history of North Lands as a world class center, exhibiting pieces made by past masterclass leaders alongside historic photos and film.
The celebrations also include Gallery TEN’s ‘Cathedral Collection’ exhibition which uses St Mary’s Cathedral as a backdrop for installations by renowned glass duo Baldwin & Guggisberg. As a part of the North Lands conference we’re pleased to welcome the Contemporary Glass Society, based in England who will be hosting artist discussions.
A detailed programme of events is now available on the Celebration of Scottish Glass website. Artists or organisations wishing to participate in the celebration should contact the society using Get Involved form.