Initiated in 2011 by the Drysdale, Clifton Springs, Community Association Inc. (DCSCA) the annual Festival of Glass has grown from a one-day event at one venue to a series of events at venues across the North Bellarine; and it remains the only event of its kind in Australia.
On July 1st 2021 The Festival of Glass became an independent incorporated association - The Festival of Glass Incorporated.
It continues as a non-profit enterprise run entirely by volunteers.
The Festival of Glass Incorporated promotes all forms of glass art (sculptural, wearable & functional) across the full spectrum of hot and cold glass techniques (e.g. flamework, studio/furnace glass, kiln formed glass, etching, stained glass, leadlight, mosaics and beadwork).
WHAT WE DO
Each year the Festival of Glass Incorporated creates and curates a variety of events to promote and celebrate glass art:
an Expo featuring the work of forty plus artists
demonstrations and workshops by local and international glass artists
Awards promoting excellence, exposure and peer recognition
a Treasure Hunt, with prizes commissioned from glass artists
public glass art installations
professional development and mentorship programs.
The Festival of Glass Incorporated, the only one of its kind in Australia, is a unique and distinctive cultural and social event.
It's mission is to celebrate the beauty, adaptability and usefulness of glass; and highlights the interconnections between glass art, craft and industry.
The Festival aims to support local:
glass art practices
social and cultural identity
artistic and cultural skills