A Thread Of Light
‘A Thread of Light – three generations of kiln-cast glass artists’
From 1st May – 12th June 2022 The Museum in the Park in Stroud will host A Thread of Light, an exhibition bringing together the work of nine leading British glass artists, joined by two renowned international artists. Collectively their work can be found in over 75 important museums worldwide.
It may not be immediately obvious why a major exhibition of world-class glassmakers, originally curated for Liuli museums in Taipei, Taiwan and Shanghai, China should choose Stroud for its second outing. The simple answer is that five of the featured artists, Colin Reid, Sally Fawkes, Richard Jackson, Karen Browning and Fiaz Elson are all based in and around Stroud.
The connecting figure in this group of artists is Colin Reid, celebrated here not only as an extraordinary artist in his own right, but as mentor and inspiration to a generation of makers. Colin Reid’s New Mills workshop in the Slad Valley provides the centre of gravity for the show, the studio in which the emerging practices of Angela Jarman, Bruno Romanelli, and Joseph Harrington were in turn also mentored by Reid, himself a student of Keith Cummings in the 1970s.
New work by Keith Cummings, now in his 80’s, also features alongside two works by Loretta H Yang and Chang Yi, pioneers of Asian studio glass who founded Liuligongfang in 1987.
As Andrew Brewerton’s catalogue essay for the show, notes, “That which is significant internationally always has its home address in some locality”. A Thread of Light will be an opportunity to see a diverse range of practices by an outstanding group of artists working in this distinctive medium close to the locality of its making.
Exhibition kindly supported by:
Stroud Arts Festival (lead sponsor) https://stroudartsfestival.org/
co-sponsored by Mark Holford
& Kilncare https://www.kilncare.co.uk/
A 48 page full colour catalogue with essays by Professor Keith Cummings, Professor Andrew Brewerton and Dr Paul Harper accompanies the exhibition (RRP £5)
Works are for sale.
A Thread of Light is dedicated to Chang Yi 1951- 2020
Chang Yi co-curated the originating A Thread of Light exhibition at Liuli Museums.
The exhibition shows during 2022 – the UN’s International Year of Glass https://iyog2022.org/