Around 400 artists from all over the world send their application to take part in The Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass 2022. In total, the seven-member jury examined over 700 objects for the accompanying exhibition and, in a multi-stage process, selected around 100 works by 89 artists. These will be exhibited from April 10th to September 25th 2022 at the Veste Coburg and in the European Museum for Modern Glass in Rödental. The winners will be announced on April 9th 2022.
The Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass 2022 will present a Europe-wide overview of current trends and developments in contemporary glass art. The range of techniques used and the artistic design is wide, as is the variety of artistic statements. Many works are dedicated to socially relevant issues or address sustainability and climate change.
The 5th edition of the Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass aims to provide a Europe-wide overview of current trends and developments in contemporary glass art and again take stock of the situation. The objective is to show which design and processing techniques artists currently use, which thematic content predominates and whether current social questions, such as sustainability, migration, political suppression, globalisation and climate change are taken into account. It is also a matter of ascertaining how far glass is still considered purely as a material or whether, given its numerous possible uses and special properties, such as transparency, it is viewed as a complex medium with multiple meanings.
For the exhibition at the Veste Coburg and the European Museum of Modern Glass in Rödental, a special educational programme for children, teenagers and adults is being developed on the theme of glass as a material in art and in the living world, and as a vehicle for meaning.
The competition and accompanying exhibition is open to artists living in or originating from Europe who work with glass as a material. Participation is open to professional artists submitting vessels, sculptures, objects, installations or stained glass made in or after 2020. The artworks must be one-off pieces. Functional glass and designs for industry are not permitted.
Three main prizes and several special prizes will be awarded by the international jury, the first prize being €15,000, the second prize €10,000 and the third prize €5,000.