- Date: 31 January 2012
- Area: Midlands
Pickled Allel 1, Louis Thompson . Credit: Ester Segarra
Thanks to a Lottery grant from Arts Council England glass makers across the country are being encouraged to take part in Glass Games - a project being run to showcase glass making during next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games.
A grant of £64,000 has been awarded to the West Midlands based Contemporary Glass Society. This grant, which will cover a two years period, is for the Glass Games project in 2012 which will be followed by Glass Skills, which will run the following year and is aimed at raising the profile of glass making skills.
Victoria Scholes, Chair of the Contemporary Glass Society, which has 650 members, said: 'This two year project will raise the profile of contemporary glass art and glass-making skills. It will forge partnerships between contemporary glass related organisations, recruit new members and increase income for our organisation.'
Victoria Scholes said: 'Glass Games will be a nationwide campaign which will energise the glass community to bring the magic of glass to more people than ever before.
'Already we have over 30 artists and organisations registered to take part. We aim to have over 50 events, with six key large events, including an exhibition in London during the Olympic weeks to launch the programme, and a celebratory event at the International Festival of Glass to round it off.
'We are grateful for this Arts Council award which will help us build a future for our society.'
Ms Scholes said that Glass Skills will take place the following year and will include a showcase exhibition, a conference, and a programme celebrating glass making skills and activities taking place around the country.
Jackie Lee, Relationship Manager (Visual Arts) with Arts Council England in the West Midlands, said: 'The grant will enable the Society to build on its achievements as a key national artist led organisation with a strong track record for high quality work. It will also enable them to attract new members and potential sponsors.'
For more information visit www.cgs.org.uk