"European Glass Context 2012" – Bornholm September 15th

European Glass Context 2012 forms part of a biennial symposium for European contemporary glass and ceramics on the island of Bornholm in Denmark. Through comprehensive exhibitions, workshops, master classes and lectures, an opportunity will arise to discuss and present the best of contemporary European glass today. This event is motivated by a desire to promote the disciplines and trades of glass and ceramic art at European and global levels. The EGC secretariat is located at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Bornholm.


Through this event we aim to show a changing biannual overview of contemporary European glass and ceramics. All 27 members of the European Union as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland will be invited to participate. European Ceramic Context was presented for the first time in 2006 and it is now the forth time we will hold this event. Bornholm Biennials for contemporary European glass and ceramics are jointly organized by Bornholm Art Museum, The Royal Danish Academy, School of Design Bornholm, Grønbechs Gård, Møbelfabrikken, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft and Bornholm.info.

The program for "European Glass Context 2012" includes a combination of activities organized by the EGC secretariat, and a number of adjoining events organized by local glass artists, students and visiting artists who wish to participate in the event by organizing an exhibition, a happening and an event. All proposed activities will be reviewed by the secretariat, to ensure a high level of artistic quality. http://www.europeanglasscontext.com/program/program-map

The EGC2012 secretariat: Introduction at The School of Design, Bornholm


2 extensive exhibitions. The exhibitions will in each exhibition category show the work of 2 glass artists from 30 European countries. The work of 95 artists will be presented in the exhibitions. The category 'European Glass Art' is for work made by professional, established artists within the field of glass art and will be on show at Bornholms Art Museum. The category 'New talent' is for professional emerging glass artists under the age of 35 years and will be shown at Grønbechs Gaard. The exhibitions will be open 15.9 - 18.11.2012. http://www.europeanglasscontext.com/events/exhibitions

2 prizes. A prize of 10.000 € will be given to one outstanding glass artist in each of the two exhibition categories. A 3-person jury with expertise in the field of contemporary glass will select the winners. 
The jury members are Architect James Carpenter founder of Jcdainc.com NYC, Executive Director Rosy Greenlees Crafts Council UK and Museum Director Lars Kærulf Møller Bornholm Art Museum. http://www.europeanglasscontext.com/events/exhibitions

AiR Bornholm. "European Glass Context 2012" is organizing a series of Artist Residences in cooperation with partners on Bornholm and in Europe. Selected artists will be given the time and space to develop a new project or body of work in glass. The residency provides four - six week access to studio facilities and basic materials. The residencies are offered to professional glass artists. Residencies are currently available at The Royal Danish Academy, School of Design Bornholm and at Berlin’s first public access hot glass facility Berlin Glas e.V.

Conference. This conference will spotlight and address current themes impacting contemporary European glass. The studio glass movement is now celebrating it 50th anniversary as an independent artistic practice. Half a century is a significant amount of time, yet the movement still seems young seen in the perspective of general art history. This calls for an opportunity to take stock of and look ahead for future opportunity, relevance, positioning, development, discussion etc. http://www.europeanglasscontext.com/events/a-conference

Master class. Architect James Carpenter will be holding a 4-day master class during European Glass Context 2012. James Carpenter is considered a leading architectural designer with a strong background in developing new and emerging glass and material technologies. This master class will be open to all professionals working with glass, light and architecture.

Berengo Studio. Two glass blowing maestros from Murano and Berengo Studios will be taking over the hot shop at the Royal Danish Academy School of Design Bornholm and will be demonstrating in a collaboration project with a Danish sculptor in exploring the boundaries of using glass in contemporary sculpture.

Workshop. "Shifting Place" is an interdisciplinary, site-specific workshop exploring place as a shifting context. Shifting Place is organized in collaboration with Art LAB Projects from Sweden and will bring together an interdisciplinary group of students, newly graduated and professional practitioners for a 5-day, intensive engagement.  Rather than using hot glass, the group will work on a series of quick, meaningful experiments, in ready-made transparent materials, enabling the exploration of location/site, gesture and souvenir.  Using the idea of "shifting" positions, contexts and histories, the participants will investigate the meaning of "place" in relation to their own practice. http://www.europeanglasscontext.com/events/a-workshop

Educational Seminar. Using the current shifting situation in the Scandinavian glass tradition and industry as a starting point, this seminar will address and discuss how glass education can meet the demands graduated candidates are meet with in their professional practice. The following questions will be addressed: What are the demands for the professional practitioner in contemporary glass? How are the graduated candidates received by producers, galleries, museums, collectors etc.? What role does the current shift in glass tradition and industry play in the contemporary glass scene? Does the current curriculums match professional life as an independent artist working in glass? How do we educate to meet these demands?

Further information

For further information please contact the EGC2012 secretariat:

European Glass Context 2012
The Royal Danish Academy, School of Design, Bornholm
Project Director Susanne Jøker Johnsen
+45 24212108


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European Glass Context 2012
The School of Design, Bornholm
Project Director Susanne Jøker Johnsen
+45 24212108