The annual conference brings together the best of glass, art and craft to explore expansive themes in an inspirational environment. Artists, practitioners, academics and experts in the field of glass and other media give presentations and lead debates in an international gathering which takes place over two days in early September.
2014 International Conference.
The Place and The Work Conference will be held on Saturday 6, Sunday 7 September.
Making art works in relation to place is the focus of the Conference and Master Classes 2014; acknowledging how artists and their work connect to their surroundings, landscape, architecture, history and social context.
We see more interactive public art, more artists responding to and working with communities. Artists are making works that respond to weather, nature or urban environments, to political discourse and social situations. It seems that some artists and public demand less autonomous disconnected sculpture favouring instead a more connected vision.
We ask questions about what it means to experience remoteness, how this and being in a place away from home affect an artist’s work. What influences the particularities of a landscape can have and what it means to collaborate with artists in close proximity, to work intensively with no distractions and to embrace or reject the surroundings.
What can happen when we go beyond our familiar studio environment and step outside into a bigger picture? What does it mean to be a glass specialist in this place, at this time?
Speakers include Dr Sven Hauschke, Director, European Museum of Modern Glass; Andrew Shoben, Professor of Public Art, Goldsmiths College and founder of Greyworld; Lise Autogena, artist and Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.
‘The Real Thing: Beyond Stereotyping’ took place on 7 – 8 September
The conference explored cultural identities. Speakers included Judy Tuwaletstiwa, writer and mixed media painter; Dr. Annette Schmidt, Curator of Africa at the Museum of Ethnology, Leiden; Elizabeth Cumming, Curator and Historian. There was a fascinating Keynote Presentation from Judy Rudoe FSA, Curator Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Collections, British Museum and talks from the Master Class leaders Richard Slee, Deborah Cocks, Tiina Sarapu, Anne-Lise Riond Sibony.
The Conference was sponsored by the Corning Incorporated, USA and supported by Bullseye Glass Co.
2012 was a wonderful two days featuring inspirational speakers in the beautiful setting of Caithness, and celebrating Glass Games 2012. Created by the Contemporary Glass Society, Glass Games 2012 was a nationwide extravaganza of glass events that captured the Olympic spirit, bringing the magic of glass to more people than ever before.
North Lands was the final host to a specially commissioned glass baton, and worked in partnership with Scottish Glass Society to present a weekend of glass games, activities and demonstrations. We also hosted the SGS Annual Exhibition, featuring some of the best contemporary artists working in glass.
You can see more photos from the 2012 Conference here
If you took any photos over the time of the conference or during the master classes we’d love to see them. You can join our Flickr group and add them.
The Conference is sponsored in part by the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning USA, and is supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation.
2011 Conference ‘Touching the Past