Bornholm’s Biennials for contemporary glass and ceramics. European Glass and Ceramic Context forms part of a biennial symposium for European contemporary glass and ceramics on the island of Bornholm in Denmark.
The biennial was established in 2005 through visionary collaborations between partners representing the commercial, cultural and educational sectors on Bornholm.
This event is motivated by a desire to promote the disciplines and trades of glass and ceramic art at European and global levels. Through this event we aim to show a changing biannual overview of contemporary European glass and ceramics.
The first European Ceramic Context vas presented in 2006.
Bornholm, makers island
Bornholm has a long and strong tradition for crafts, and through the 1970s and 1980s both glass and ceramics were an important source of income and identity for the island, which is why it was the obvious choice to let glass and ceramics be the main focus of a biennial event. Today, European Glass and Ceramic Context has become a significant event that not only conveys the development of the contemporary European scene in the form of exhibitions throughout Bornholm, but an essential platform that connects practitioners, researchers, curators and intermediaries. In addition, the Biennale communicates contemporary glass and ceramics to a broad art-interested audience in a multitude of exhibitions, talks and events.
Competition and curated exhibitions
Every two years, the Biennial runs off the stack with a shifting focus between glass and ceramics. The Biennale has a rich and varied exhibition program with curated exhibitions, which takes place at the Bornholm Art Museum and at Grønbechs Gård. In addition, there is a sea of smaller exhibitions all over the island, where national and international practitioners gather at galleries and other pop-up locations to take part in this interesting manifestation of modern European glass or pottery at international level. The European Glass / Ceramic Context Biennial is also a competition with two prices respectively. € 10,000 and € 5,000, with a professional panel of international experts assessing and assessing the submitted works.
By 2021, European Glass Context will focus more on the UN's World Goals and Sustainability and, moreover, sharpen the Biennale's program points to further emphasize and develop the experimental scene. Bornholm Biennials for contemporary European glass and ceramics are jointly organized by Bornholm Art Museum, The Royal Danish Academy, School of Design Bornholm and Grønbechs Gård, where the Royal Danish Academy is the main partner.