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Struggling to get back into gear after the Christmas break? If you need to remind yourself why you love glass, here are some fantastic exhibitions coming up across the UK.

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Recollection: Memories in Glass, Espacio Gallery, London

21st January – 2nd February 2020

This show focuses on memory and recollection in all its diverse forms — everything from personal reminiscences to nostalgia, from the science of memory to the commemoration of moments in history. Each piece in the show has been inspired by memories and created in glass — expect to see a stunning range of glass art, including decorative and functional pieces, sculptural glass and wall-hung artwork, using a wide variety of glass-making methods.  The show will feature work from internationally renowned glass-makers as well as from emerging artists. Featured artists include Oceanside 96 users Brett Manley and Cathryn Shilling.



'Where the Buffalo Roam': Stained Glass from the American Frontier, The Stained Glass Museum, Cambridgeshire

Running until 20th February 2020

An exhibition of photos by award-winning photo-journalist M. J. Alexander, reflects the tumultuous history of the North American Plains, as memorialised in the windows of its chapels and churches. The exhibition includes images of windows from European and American master glassmakers, offering a variety of artistic styles and vantage points.



Collect 2020, Somerset House, London

27th February 2020 – 1st March 2020

Now in its 16th year, Collect has been instrumental in defining and growing the market for contemporary craft. Collect is well-positioned at the start of the international cultural calendar with over 40 galleries from the UK and around the world selling work made in the last five years by the leading craft artists working today. Collect shows the exceptional skill and intellectual rigour behind modern craft – from works in ceramics, glass, metal, wood and textiles to makers working in non-traditional materials with experimental techniques.  



The Art of Scottish Glass: 40 Years of the Scottish Glass Society, Long Gallery, Glasgow

Running until 9th February 2020

The society was founded in 1979 and ever since it has promoted the appreciation, understanding and development of glassmaking in Scotland. The exhibition charts the history of the society and glassmaking in Scotland as well as glass education and the society’s support of emerging artists. With a wealth of images of some of the finest examples of contemporary glassmaking, the exhibition also showcases key artists, artworks and glass techniques.



Through the Looking Glass, National Glass Centre, Sunderland

Running until 8th March 2020

Although we rarely stop to acknowledge their presence, windows are part of our day to day life and for the majority of us, they are our most regular connection to glass as a material. In this exhibition Caroline and Maisie Broadhead present a body of work that considers how we perceive what we see when we look into, or out of a window. Both mother and daughter are highly established contemporary artists. Caroline Broadhead has a background in jewellery and sculpture and Maisie in photography.


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