British Glass Biennale 2012

Michelle was once again invited to curate and organise the British Glass Biennale 2012, the UK’s major exhibition of contemporary glass. Michelle has been involved with the exhibition since 2006, either as curator or assistant to the previous curator. 

The British Glass Biennale, along with its parent festival, the International Festival of Glass, attracts thousands of visitors to the West Midlands across the August bank holiday every two years.

Once again Michelle was responsible for the design and build of the show, which showcased 101 pieces of work by 72 artists. Like every year, the work ranged from small scale plinth based work to larger installations and hangings, this year including a set of two metre high glass gates with which Michelle was heavily involved with the display construction. Michelle had to design the space to ensure each artist was represented equally. It was also essential to create a cohesion to the show given the varying techniques being displayed. To enable this successfully Michelle had to co-ordinate artists, volunteers and contractors. 

Michelle took over all aspects of the organisation of the show in 2012. She once again worked alongside the Brand and Design Consultancy and Festival Marketing Co-ordinator to ensure the timely completion of the catalogue, advertisements and show graphics to generate press, public and artist interest in the exhibition. Michelle was also responsible for specialist glass and craft PR to complement the work of the Interiors PR. In doing this Michelle wrote press releases, secured coverage for the exhibition in major glass and craft press and wrote copy where necessary. See the PR/Copy Writing section for examples of this work.

To see a 3 minute time lapse of the two week Biennale set up, click this click

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Images in this gallery by John Plant and Simon Bruntnell Photography

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