James Maskery, Franklin

This month the International Festival of Glass returns to Stourbridge to celebrate glassmaking, with a wealth of top international artists, fantastic exhibitions, workshops as well as family friendly events and performances.

Headlining the festival is the British Glass Biennale at The Glasshouse Arts Centre. The exhibition features new work by 74 artists based in the UK or UK artists living abroad and includes large installations, interactive artworks, films and exquisite vessels.

The festival will also celebrate Scandinavian glass, with an exhibition from the Swedish Kingdom of Crystal in the Red House Glass Cone, and hot shop demonstrations by the Norwegian hett glass and pâte de verre by Tone Ørvik, whilst Danish artist Steffen Dam, creates a modern cabinet of curiosities.

Kelsey Mayo (K)not

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Placemaking’ with an invitation to reflect on how we make places and places make us. The festival will engage with this theme in the widest sense through technology, science, and art and imagination, encouraging a culture of participation where anyone can join in.

As well as showcasing makers and artists from across the globe, there will be a chance to learn why the glass industry developed in Stourbridge, and hear the ‘Voices of the Cones’, stories and songs inspired by 100 recordings of people who worked in the famous factories that supplied the world with glass.

Free entry to all festival venues (some events are ticketed). There is a free Festival Shuttle Bus from 9.30am – 5.30pm each day running from Stourbridge bus station to all festival venues

The 8th International Glass Festival takes places from 23-26 August 2019 across venues in Stourbridge.

The British Glass Biennale takes place at The Glasshouse Arts Centre, Stourbridge from 23 August – 28 September 2019.

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