Women’s International Glass Workshop

Private Collections Exhibition

An exhibition of glass works, previously held at the University of Iceland Háskólatorg, titled Private Collections, now showing at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, Wales.

The exhibition includes works by CSM glass alumna Helga Reay-Young, as well as Mary Mackey and Sigridur Asgersdottir, both had been speakers at the ‘Glass at Central’ conference held at the Cochrane Theatre in September 2011.


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Private Collections is an ensemble exhibition of small works from the Women’s International Glass Workshop. The exhibition was conceived by Icelandic member Sigríður Ásgeirsdóttir and ran for 12 months at the University of Iceland in 2011. Each of the sixteen participating artists contributed a set of intimate pieces of work and by reordering these, a set of sixteen similar, yet unique, collections is created.

‘After an acclaimed show at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, this beautiful show of glass panels brings the work of women who specialise in architectural glasswork from across the world to Swansea.’

– Andrew Deathe, Gallery Author. 

The Women’s International Glass Workshop is a group of contemporary glass artists. Every two or three years the group meets to exhibit and experience a host country. Meetings have taken place in Iceland, Wales, Ireland, Austria, Japan, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia. The group’s touring exhibition Gathering Light in 2008 attracted 60,000 people to the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.

Contributing artists:

Sigríður Ásgeirsdóttir – Iceland
Doreen Balabanoff – Canada
Chris Bird-Jones – Wales
Ginger Ferrell – USA
Marie Foucoult-Phipps – France
Amber Hiscott – Wales
Catrin Jones – Wales
Cornelia König – Austria
Linda Lichtman – USA
Mary Mackey – Ireland
Ellen Mandelbaum – USA
Christine Triebsch – Germany
Helga Reay-Young – Germany
Holly Sanford – New Zealand
Sachiko Yamamoto – Japan
Yoshi Yamauchi – Japan/Germany

Venue: National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Wales, June 22 – September 8, 10am – 5 pm.

Further information:
National Museum of Wales
Catrin Jones: catrin@catrinjones.co.uk / 01792 875515
Chris Bird-Jones: chrisbirdjones@btinternet.com / 07742125051
Extract from Embassy of Island London website
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