For more than 15 years, the Contemporary Glass Society has been a champion of glass artists, designers and makers. We’re not only a leading voice for all things glass-related – we also support artists and the industry through our growing list of projects and services.
Our recent achievements include:
- We launched the CGS website with even more opportunities for members to promote their work and raise their profiles.
- We also created and organised a major Olympic-inspired project with the help of Lottery funding – a spectacular nationwide programme of events, 'Glass Games'.
- We experienced our first year of independence from Arts Council England. What started as a challenge for us, became a catalyst for change and great ideas, as we become more creative about how we fund ourselves.
- We became a charity!
- We launched 'Glass Skills', a significant project to put contemporary glass on the map. Glass Skills was a year-long celebration of the imagination and talent of today’s glass-makers and their role in keeping ancient skills alive.
- We organised a highly successful 'Glass Skills' conference at the National Glass Centre.
- We saw our membership reach and exceed 700.
- We launched the first of our exhibition fundraising campaigns.
- We established Regional Hubs on the East and South East.
- We had had a second year of members work dispalyed at National Glass Centre in special showcase. A year long exhibition of rolling artists.
- We had a CGS members exhibition at Pyramid Gallery York
- We worked with Internation Festival of Glass, with exhibition WISH YOU WERE HERE, displaying 168 glass postcards
- Many regional Hubs continue to hold events across the country
- CGS membership reaches 900
- We hold and exhibition in partnership with The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh
- We help North Lands Creative Glass celebrate 20 years with their conference in Edinburgh
- We hold our first European exhibition in Holland with 15 CGS members work
- We work with London Glass Blowing, BLACK TO WHITE AND BACK AGAIN, 52 CGS members taking part.
History of the Contemporary Glass Society Recent History (35kb) - download our full history as a word document.
Image shown is the Glass Games Baton by Bruce Marks which was commissioned as part of the Glass Games project in 2012. The baton travelled to 7 venues throughout Scotland, England and Wales to echo travels of Olympic Torch and was then donated to Broadfield House Glass Museum at beginning of 2013