“GLASS GRADUATES OF 2020” Part of our CGS ‘Lockdown’ Series 4/6
Glass Graduates 2020 have so much to show in their CGS online exhibition!
Every year the Contemporary Glass Society produces a Graduate Review for glass artists graduating that year. There are also prizes for excellence given alongside the Review. The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) is the UK’s foremost organisation for supporting established artists, and up-and-coming makers. It was established in 1997 to represent the interests of glassmakers within the national and international community, and to promote contemporary glass in the wider art world.
Sadly this year because of the corona virus pandemic, the world has shattered for graduates. Their educational establishments have been shut prematurely; they have not been able to access workshops and studios to complete their final pieces of work or to even remove their work. Consequently their degree marks have been based on their ‘concepts’ rather than the work itself and their end of year Graduate Shows have not taken place.
Because of this, CGS has been unable to produce the 2020 Graduate Review.
However, we couldn’t leave students who were graduating in the lurch so we have launched Glass Graduates of 2020 (the Lockdown Exhibition.)
This is our first Graduate Show and we are excited to share graduates’ work with the public and glass making community. Despite the restrictions placed upon them, graduates have produced a dazzling and wide ranging demonstration of their ability and creative approach to contemporary glass.
Although we are not producing a Graduate Review this year, 2020 students will be invited to join students from 2021 in a combined production next year. Glass artists are always creative in making the best of the worst!
This show is highlighted on the CGS website for the month of August 2020.