North Lands Creative
North Lands Creative is an international centre dedicated to the study and development of glass as an art form and fosters a strong community among the participating artists and audiences.
We have a high-flying international reputation as a major contributor to contemporary glass making. Our Alastair Pilkington Studio offers facilities among the most sophisticated in Europe, and attracts artists from all over the world, and provides a unique environment where famous masters work alongside students or members under the same roof.
We work with partners, stakeholders and communities to realise the transformative benefits of the arts to society. The charity offers both self-motivated and structured opportunities for artists requiring often massive and complex facilities for their work, and looking to further engage with their fellow peers.
Housed in a 19th century village school in a small fishing village overlooking the North Sea, the Alastair Pilkington Studio at North Lands Creative offers artists and creative professionals an opportunity to get away from everyday career pressures and the demands of the 21st century life in order to focus entirely on their artistic practice.
Our programme seeks to promote an atmosphere of creativity, experimentation, and reflection which artists need, by providing a working environment that supports the artistic process and the facilities for artists to work and interact. The natural setting, the harbour and surrounding sea and landscape inspires, supports and enhances the creativity of the artists who come to Lybster, by providing them with an uninterrupted time for work and exploration. The campus offers on-site accommodation, a hot shop, cold shop, kiln room, sandblasting room, mould room and a community studio, garden and gallery.
Berlin Glas e.V.
Berlin Glas is a non-profit association that gives German and international, professional artists and students the opportunity to work with hot glass in Berlin. Our goal is to inspire, educate and offer research opportunities for people interested in glass as a medium for artistic expression. Berlin Glas, e.V.´s mission is to share the art and skill of making art with glass with the public and provide a resource to artists of all media. The underlying message that working in collaboration with international artists who work with various media doesn’t just broaden someone’s artistic capacity, but actually creates a culture of peace.
Ltd. Stikla maja
Ltd. Stikla maja known as ‘Glass Point’ is an open concept studio for the creation and display of Baltic glass art, opened in 2017 and located in the Grizinkalns neighbourhood of Riga city which historically was the glass art centre.
The studio Glass Point is designed as a work-space for glass artists and a sales platform for locally made glass art products from Baltic’s. There are offered functional and designed glassware from professional glass artists and designers, as well carries out individual orders. Glassware from the Glass Point artists are for sale and can be shipped internationally for those visiting from abroad.
Glass Point studio offers workshops and masterclasses to everyone. Every Saturday artists Anna Varnase and Baiba Dzenīte are sharing their expertise and knowledge in the different techniques and invite not only to observe, but also to participate in the creation of glass art works.
In the partnership with Art Academy of Latvia there is organised internships for students and also practice during workshops. Next year Glass Point studio will welcome internships from the Erasmus program.
National College of Art and Design (NCAD)
The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) is an independent Art College comprised of four Faculties; Fine Art; Design; Education; and Visual Culture. Both Art and Design curriculum are taught through a constructivist, experiential model of learning, in studio environments and “real world” learning experiences. The NCAD offers BA, MA, and PhD programmes. NCAD selectively collaborates with external educational, public, private and State partners. NCAD pilot interdisciplinary components of study with University College Dublin and facilitate Erasmus and Fulbright programs for staff and students. The NCAD Glass programme has partnerships in the United States with Southern Illinois University; the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck School of Glass; Pittsburgh Glass Center; and Bildwerks in Germany. NCAD staff, students and alumni have played active leadership roles within the Glass Society of Ireland (GSoI), including reinstating the E-zine, implementing the website, securing funding for symposia and exhibitions. Dr. Madden served on the Board of Directors of the USA international Glass Arts Society (2001-2013); and remains an active member.
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