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Art of Glass

Art of Glass explores the work of leading glass artists in Britain today. Presented in partnership with The National Centre for Craft & Design at the National Museum of Scotland, this exhibition examines the diverse work of established and emerging glass artists working in the UK.

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Visitors can discover how artists are embracing the medium of glass in new and exciting ways, pushing the boundaries of techniques and challenging the perception of glass as merely a material for creating functional objects.

Since the Studio Glass Movement of the 1960s, Britain has had a significant impact on how glass is perceived as an art form. Both national and international artists have based themselves here, drawn to the teaching and world-renowned facilities the UK offers.

Glass can be worked in a variety of ways, whether it’s manipulated in a hot glass studio, or cast in a kiln, while new technologies such as waterjet cutting and 3D printing are opening up exciting possibilities for artists.

The exhibition will highlight the work of contemporary artists leading within the field of glass, such as the Scottish artist Geoffrey Mann, whose creative design process is guided by his use of cutting-edge new technologies. Also featured will be the Filipino-American artist Jeffrey Sarmiento, whose work draws on personal narratives, and the renowned English sculptor Emma Woffenden, shortlisted for the V&A Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017, whose evocative pieces have a sense of the surreal.

On display will be emerging artist Erin Dickson’s recent body of work - a collaboration with leading international glass artists to reinterpret a historical urn - as well as new work by Scottish artist Karlyn Sutherland, who is influenced by the environment and quality of light found in the far-north of Scotland where she is based.

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