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From Shanghai to Stroud: Internationally acclaimed glass art coming to The Museum in the Park

Published: Monday, 11 April, 2022

An exhibition of stunning kiln-cast glass art by internationally acclaimed artists will open at The Museum in the Park, Stroud on 1 May, during the UN’s International Year of Glass.

‘A Thread of Light: Three Generations of Kiln Cast Glass Artists’ brings together three generations of globally celebrated artists, five of whom - Colin Reid, Sally Fawkes, Richard Jackson, Karen Browninq and Fiaz Elson - live and work in the Stroud Valleys. Collectively their work can be found in 75 renowned museums worldwide.

Kevin Ward, Museum Development Manager at the Museum in the Park said:

“This exciting exhibition shows the reach and quality of the exceptional artists that work throughout the Stroud District. We are really proud to be able to host such a high-quality exhibition and we hope people enjoy it.”

Sally Fawkes, one of the locally based glass artists said:

“I feel very fortunate to live and work in Stroud. It is such a vibrant and creative environment and I consider it a privilege to be able to show my work to a local audience. For many of us in the exhibition, Stroud was the real starting point of our careers as professional artists, so bringing A Thread of Light to our local museum is a sort of homecoming!”

Stroud District Council leader, Cllr Doina Cornell said:

I think it is wonderful we have so many incredible artists living and working in our district. One of the aims of the Council Plan is to ensure everyone has access to good quality leisure and cultural opportunities, and we’re very proud that the council-owned Museum in the Park will be showing the work of these incredible glass artists in Stroud district for local people and visitors to enjoy.”

The world-class exhibition was originally curated for Liuli glass museums in Taipei, Taiwan and Shanghai, China. As well as bringing together the work of nine leading British artists, it also includes pieces by two celebrated Asian artists, Loretta Yang and Chang Yi. ‘A Thread of Light’ in Stroud is dedicated to the memory of Chang Yi, described by The New York Times as the “Founding Father of the Asia Studio Glass Movement”. He passed away in 2020.

Works will be for sale and a beautiful catalogue will be available to buy from the museum shop. The exhibition is kindly supported by lead sponsor Stroud Arts Festival, with additional sponsorship from Mark Holford and Kilncare.

‘A Thread of Light: Three Generations of Kiln Cast Glass Artists’ will be on display until 12 June. It will be accompanied by a single showcase display of rarely-seen glass artefacts from the Museum collections.

The Museum in the Park is open Tuesday – Friday 10am-4.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4.30pm. It is closed on Mondays except Bank Holidays. Entry to the exhibition and museum is free-of-charge.

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