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Migrate: The Scottish Glass Society

Many Ways Home by Kim Bramley, copyright of the artist
Many Ways Home by Kim Bramley, copyright of the artist

14 November 2009 – 21 March 2010

The 2009 annual Scottish Glass Society exhibition marked the Society's 30th anniversary.  Thirty glass artists with Scottish connections, from the well-established to the newly emerging, were selected by a jury chaired by Professor Dan Klein, glass expert and author. 

The works reflected the theme of migration, which has been a common thread throughout Scottish history.  As well as Scottish artists, glassmakers from as far afield as America, Austria, Korea and Japan, as well as England and Wales, were represented, each with their own connection to Scotland. 

The selected artists were Karen Akester, Kim Bramley, Nichola Burns, KeeRyong Choi, James Denison-Pender, Junko Eager, Rachel Elliott, Carrie Fertig, Dominic Fondé, Alexander Galloway, Judith Ann Glennie, Siobhan Healy, Kate Henderson, Max Jacquard, Jessamy Kelly, Alison Kinnaird M.B.E., Emma Lindsay, Karen Liversedge, Tanwen Llewelyn, Julia Malle, Eilidh Mackenzie, Rosalynd McKenzie, Denis Mann, Keïko Mukaïdé, Stephen Richard, Alan Robinson, Liz Rowley, Angela Steel, Max Stewart, and Jeff Zimmer. 

Thousands are Sailing by Alec Galloway
Thousands are Sailing by Alec Galloway

This exhibition was dedicated to the Scottish Glass Society's esteemed Honorary President, Dan Klein, who sadly passed away in June 2009.  International author, lecturer, auctioneer and curator in the field of contemporary glass, Professor Klein leaves a huge void, as no other person has done more to promote British contemporary glass. 

As one of the founders and directors of Lorth Lands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland, he helped Scotland achieve a centre for glass excellence unique in the UK.  Several of the artists in this exhibition had their practice and lives enriched by residencies at North Lands, and many more had seen their work develop and grow through master classes run by internationally acclaimed artists there. 

Professor Klein wrote widely on glass and is a world-respected authority.  Formerly an opera singer, the singular voice of Dan Klein will be missed throughout the world of glass, but we rejoice in celebration of a life that leaves a grand glass legacy.

Flight Path by Alison Kinnaird, copyright of the artist
Flight Path by Alison Kinnaird, copyright of the artist

Migrate was funded by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council and sponsored by Pearsons Glass and Retroglass. 

 

During 2009 the exhibition toured the following venues:

 

Logo for National Lottery and Scottish Arts Council
Logo for National Lottery and Scottish Arts Council