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Now your vote is needed to help win the award. Please read on…
The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK.
The Glasshouse Project* (see below for a brief description) has been selected from over 1,300 entries and is now competing against six others for the title of Best Education Project. If it wins, it’ll feature on a BBC 1 television show which would give some fantastic national publicity to the work of Ruskin Mill and everyone involved with the Glasshouse Project over the last seventeen years.
Please support the Project by casting your vote online (or by phone), on Facebook and by Twitter. You can vote 3 times in total – one by each method only. All voting closes at midnight on 27 July 2017.
Online (or by phone):
Follow the link: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/glasshouse-project and then clicking on the ‘vote’ button, or by phoning 0844 836 9682.
Follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/LotteryGoodCauses/videos/10155031860232690/. Enter #NLAGlasshouse in to the comments field and submit (liking and sharing do not give a vote, but will raise awareness)
Follow the link: https://twitter.com/RuskinGlassCtr/status/885417378393227265.
Retweet the post. You can create your own Tweet to vote but include #NLAGlasshouse in the Tweet.
Voting online, by Facebook or Twitter is free (subject to any internet charges); voting by phone up to the end of the voting period will cost 5p max plus any network operator charge
Please also forward this message to your family, friends and other contacts and ask them to give their support. Every vote counts!
We’ll keep you updated on our progress – thank you
Ian Clements, Capital Projects Co-ordinator
Oliver Cheney, Principal – Glasshouse College
*The Glasshouse Project
The Glasshouse Project is the transformation and regeneration of an historic, semi-derelict glass factory site near Stourbridge to create the Glasshouse – home to Glasshouse College (which provides a craft-based curriculum for students with learning and behavioural difficulties), the Ruskin Glass Centre (public café and workshops for local businesses that also provide work experience for Glasshouse College students), the Glasshouse Arts Centre and the Glasshouse Heritage Centre.
The Glasshouse Project is a partnership between Ruskin Mill Land Trust and Ruskin Mill Trust. The National Lottery, through the Heritage Lottery Fund, has invested about £2.5m in the regeneration of site over the past 8 years.
The Ruskin Glass Centre, in association with the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, is delighted to announce the artists for the 2017 British Glass Biennale exhibition. Over two days an expert panel of judges chaired by Scott Benefield and comprised of Rosy Greenlees OBE, Barbara Beadman, Aonghus Gordon and Maja Heuer, selected the very best of this year’s entries, all of which achieved a very high standard.
Sixty one artists were selected out of 231 applicants to present the most interesting, diverse and outstanding glass art made in the UK in the last two years. The work will form a cutting edge showcase of contemporary British based glass talent with £11,000 worth of awards to be won. Prize winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 24 August at the Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge.
Both established artists and emerging new talent will be on display, including work by 13 students. The selected artists have been brave and innovative, using a wide range of styles and techniques both traditional and experimental. The decision to open the submission to British artists living abroad was more than justified, with 12 entrants from France, Spain, Belgium, Hungary, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, India and the USA.
Scott Benefield commented “We had a very diverse group serving on the jury this year, and I think the pieces that we chose reflect not only the range of work that was submitted (which was quite wide) but also the differing backgrounds of the jurors. In the final round of viewing, we were very selective but everything that made it into the exhibition had its advocates who made a persuasive argument for its inclusion.
The experience left me feeling confident about the quality and breadth of contemporary glass in the UK and I think that’s going to make for a very dynamic exhibition.”
BRITISH GLASS BIENNALE ARTISTS 2017
* indicates student entry
|James Clark & Cathryn Shilling
||Cathryn Shilling & Anthony Scala
|Kate & Stephen Gillies Jones
|Lola Lazaro Hinks*
The Awards on offer are:
The British Glass Biennale Award – Best in Show
The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London: Glass Sellers Awards and Glass Sellers Student Awards
Award for Emerging Talent – sponsored by London Glassblowing
The People’s Prize
The Young Collector’s Prize – sponsored by Mark Holford
Emerging Artist Residency Prize – sponsored by the National Glass Centre
The British Glass Biennale is a selling show with work ranging from the small scale to large installations.
The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 25 August to 9 September at the Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge; the heart of the historic glass industry in the UK. The awards ceremony marks the start of the International Festival of Glass, a four day event celebrating the drama and excitement of glass.
We are grateful to all the sponsors and supporters of
the British Glass Biennale and the International Festival of Glass
Ruskin Mill Land Trust
Ruskin Mill Trust
Arts Council England
Heritage Lottery Fund
Tesco’s Bags of Help
Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers
Contemporary Glass Society
National Glass Centre
Geoff Hill Charitable Trust