2 extensive 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 exhibition categories are European Glass Art for work made by professional, established artists within the field of glass art. New talent, this category is for professional emerging glass artists under the age of 35 years. European Glass Art will be shown at Bornholms Art Museum, and New Talent at Grønbechs Gård.
2 prizes. A prize of 10.000 € will be given to one outstanding glass artist in each of the two exhibition categories. A jury of 3 members with expertise in the field of contemporary glass will go through the exhibitions before the opening and select 1 winner in each of the 2 exhibition categories.
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.
The jury has motivated the EGC2012 awards:
We were very impressed with the overall standard of the works shown here at the art museum and in Grønbechs Gaard, and in particular we were heartened by the energy and level of innovation in the new talent section. This suggests that the medium of glass continues to have significance as a creative practice.
Our central theme in selecting the two prize winners has been to recognise the way in which a medium such as glass must and is and changing preconceptions.
Both the prize winners are suggesting a way forward that builds on tradition but also explores new ways of working.
The Glass Art category: In relation to the established artists shown here in the museum we chose an artist whose work has built on a tradition of glass making and a celebration of the optical qualities of glass and light.
We thought that this piece was challenging because it explores and defines the space around it combined with technical mastery of the material.
So we have awarded the grand prize in the category Glass Art to Oliver Lesso of Slovakia for his work entitled ‘Secret Structure – Blue’.
The New Talent category: In the New Talent section we chose an artist who is looking at the material from an entirely different perspective. Here the process is as prominent as the final object. This artist is exploring innovative ways of making glass that responds current challenges of sustainability and the environmental impact of glass production. His preoccupation is also – like Oliver Lesso – with light but as means of production.
So we have chosen Markus Kayser from UK as the winner of the New Talent section for his work exploring new ways of making glass.
European Glass Art
Venue: Bornholm Art Museum
Venue: Grønbechs Gaard
A national commissioner appointed by the organizers has nominated artists for participation. A sellection committee made the final sellection.
List of National Commissioners.
It is therefore not possible for individual artists to apply to EGC2012 for participation in the exhibitions.
A catalogue will be produced representing all exhibiting artists with images of their work, a short CV and a critical note written by the national commissioners.