Wednesday July 20, 2016 | by Sarah Canny

AWARD: Glass art association identifies top emerging artists in the U.K.

FILED UNDER: Award, New Work, News

The British organization known as the Contemporary Glass Society has announced its annual glass prize winners for 2016. A special 16-page publication entitled "New Graduate Review" featuring all the winners of 2016, as well as runners-up, will be published as part of the award, that includes a top cash prize of £ 250 (about US $329). Connor Garton of the University of Sunderland took first prize, Jade Tapson also of the University of Sunderland took second, and Becky Dennis of Nottingham Trent University took third. The full list of winning artists can be seen here. Judge and CGS board member Karen Murphy stated that the work made by these young men and women "represent a snapshot of the best of British art glass coming out of our educational establishments this year."

The 900-member CGS has a stated mission of helping "all glass artists reach their artistic potential" and to make sure that "the public and collectors have the opportunity to give them the recognition and acclaim they deserve." "It is reassuring to see that we have such a diverse group of aspiring studio glass artists in the U.K. that are dedicated to the development of one of the most challenging materials in the world of crafts," stated Angel Maonzon of Vessel Gallery, another of the judges for the glass prize.. 

CGS also has an ample online gallery, showcasing all their current and past exhibitions, such as the recent "Taking Flight" show in May 2016. This exhibition included artists such as David Reekie, who has been involved with CGS for many years. To make a donation or become a member of the Contemporary Glass Society, visit their official website.

Glass: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for more than 40 years.