Ireland Glass Biennial 2017 | Call for Submissions

Posted 22.08.17

The National College of Art & Design Gallery (NCAD Gallery) is delighted to introduce the Ireland Glass Biennial and to announce the inaugural Ireland Glass Biennial 2017 exhibition, Thursday 26 October - Monday 13 November 2017.

Official Exhibition Opening: Thursday 26 October 2017, 5 - 8pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday 27 October - Monday 13 November 2017
Official Press Launch: Thursday 7 September 2017, NCAD Gallery, 1 - 2pm

Open Call Application Deadline: Sunday 24 September 2017, midnight GMT

The Ireland Glass Biennial 2017 is a new exhibition to focus on excellence in contemporary glass work by international artist, designer and crafts practitioners working across the globe today. With an expert jury of selectors to be announced shortly and open call to artists, the Ireland Glass Biennial is a significant new exhibition platform for glass talent hosted by a premiere national art and design institution in Ireland at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. The Ireland Glass Biennial also celebrates Design Week 2017, 6 - 13 November.

The Ireland Glass Biennial is primed to attract wide-ranging public and professional audiences, prescheduled visits from international collectors, commissioning bodies, curators and affiliated museums to coincide with the Biennial dates have been secured. Dedicated exhibition spaces include the NCAD Gallery and foyer, Harry Clarke Window Gallery and additional event locations to be announced. The open call invitation extends to practitioners from all contemporary art and design disciplines. Emphasis is on new work demonstrating the highest level of excellence: inclusive of practitioners working in the glass medium achieving creative imagination and technical skill, and works employing glass media as content or as a primary thematic element.

The Ireland Glass Biennial is now accepting proposals for exhibition 2017 Open Call until the deadline of Sunday 24th September 2017, midnight GMT. 
Please find proposal submission information below.

Open Call Submission Guidelines

A) The Ireland Glass Biennial is a juried exhibition selected by invitation and open call. The exhibition is open to all practitioners working with glass media. Proposals are accepted that are representative of work being made in contemporary glass communities, the glass community at large, design and contemporary visual arts practice, documentary & film works. The proposed works can be a combination of glass and mixed media. Works may include but are not limited to installations, objects, performances, workshops.

B) Performances can be scheduled for the Ireland Glass Biennial exhibition sites and additional proposed sites. If this format is proposed, this must include a plan for a residual element that is also installed permanently while the maker/artist/designer is not present for the duration of the Ireland Glass Biennial. Note: open flame and all process specifications must be included in proposals.

C) Applicants may propose an activation project. This can include being present in exhibition locations during certain hours to present project material, showcase their making process or other interactive opportunities for visitors. The maker/artist/designer must include in their proposal an explanation of what work or residual elements will be installed permanently in the space while the maker/artist/designer is not present for the duration of the exhibition (which may take the form of event documentation etc.).

D) To apply, format is by PDF attachment only. Please submit: a proposal, your CV, 5 images, image list which includes: title, size, date, materials, making processes if pertinent, performance or workshop, instructions specific to your proposal that outlines your intent and install specifications for an exhibition in the Gallery spaces or otherwise. Maximum of 800 words sent to with the subject line "Ireland Glass Biennial 2017".

E) Proposals are evaluated by an international panel of curators and expert professionals in the field. All makers/artists/designers submitting a proposal will be notified of the jury’s decision by October 5, 2017.

F) Selected artists are responsible for the safe packing & transport arrangements of artworks to the Biennial and will be contacted by the curator to discuss schedule and install of artwork.

G) Please find Gallery map dimensions in this link & photographic reference material, location of the NCAD Gallery & Harry Clarke Building at this coordinates Link @ 53.3429281,-6.2811246

** Any questions or queries may be directed to the Ireland Glass Biennial personnel between the dates 24 August and 22 Setpember 2017 by contacting

Ireland Glass Biennial Members Jury: To be announced.
Ireland Glass Biennial 2017 Curator: Anne Kelly, NCAD Gallery,

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