With the success of the exhibition for the Dylan Thomas International Glass Competition, the CGS thought it would be a good idea to highlight all those who entered the competition in order be able to view works online. The CGS worked in conjunction with UWTSD, to highlight those that entered work.
Central to the University’s celebration of the centenary of Dylan’s birth, the University is launching an international competition for glass artists in order to encourage excellence in the areas of glass.
The new transformed University has a unique relationship with Wales’ greatest English language poet both in the geographical location of its campuses – in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Swansea – and also in its commitment to the performing and creative arts.
Swansea has a long history in the field of glass. The course founder, Howard Martin was invited in 1935 to run an evening class at what was then Swansea Art College, two years after he and his cousin Hubert Thomas had successfully set up the firm of Martin & Thomas. After the war the course developed into the Architectural Stained Glass Department and has prospered ever since. The University’s Swansea School of Glass has an international reputation and practitioners from around the world are invited to participate in this competition.
HARMONY : The theme for the competition
Glass artists worldwide were invited to submit designs for a 40cm x 40cm decorative or stained glass panel in response to the word "Harmony". During May 2014, a judging panel shortlisted works to be exhibited at Swansea Waterfront Museum in July 2014. At the opening a prize award of £1000 was to be presented to the winner with the panel being exhibited for the next year at the Dylan Thomas Centre and then becoming part of the Swansea School of Glass Collection.
All of the work exhibited will form part of a centenary catalogue with a view to a subsequent publication celebrating both of these international awards. It is anticipated that the winning artist will be invited to be commissioned by the University for a combined piece of work as an on-going tribute to Dylan Thomas.
The CGS online show was launched on the 30th of July 2014.