Ancient Skill, Contemporary Artform
31 January - 12 May 2013
The Lakeland Arts Trust and Contemporary Glass Society have worked in partnership for the first time to create, New Glass - Ancient Skill, Contemporary Artform, a vibrant exhibition exploring the skill of the contemporary glass-maker. Held in the unique setting of Blackwell, this exhibition gives makers the opportunity to showcase the best of their skills and artistic vision in synergy with the House and its history.
The exhibition will celebrate the work of both established and emerging makers and also reveal something of the hidden processes that underpin the glassmaker’s art. Drawings, models and photographic documentation of processes will be presented alongside the work.
Pieces will be shown in Blackwell’s exhibition galleries, but also throughout the house itself, blending the craftsmanship of the past with the artistry of the present.
The 31 artists selected for the show are Margaret Alston, Linda Banks, Scott Benefield, Philippa Beveridge, Effie Burns, Keith Cummings, Michelle-Mary Dawson, Carrie Fertig, Heather Gillespie, Gillies Jones, Emilie Haman, Max Jacquard, Angela Jarman, June Kingsbury, Alison Lowry, James Maskrey, Caroline McGuigan, Rosa Nguyen, Rachel O’Dell, Lisa Pettibone, Georgia Redpath, Michael Ruh, Boris Shpeizman, Andrea Spencer, Nancy Sutcliffe, Ayako Tani, Angela Thwaites, Deborah Timperley, Rowan van der Holt, Andrea Walsh and Clare Wilson.
Works were selected by a panel of judges consisting of Helen Watson, Director Exhibitions and Collections at the Lakeland Arts Trust, Victoria Scholes, an accomplished glass maker and chairperson for the Contemporary Glass Society and Rieno Liefkes, Head of Ceramics and Glass at the V&A Museum.
New Glass - Ancient Skill, Contemporary Artform is a part of Glass Skills – the second stage of a two-year project by the CGS to put contemporary glass on the map. Starting in 2012 with a summer of glass events inspired by the Olympic Games, Glass Skills follows on with a year-long celebration of the imagination and talent of today’s glass-makers and their role in keeping ancient skills alive.
- James Maskrey, The Drayton Egg, 2011, Photo by David Williams