Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Exhibition inspired by 400 years of West Midlands glass genius & graft

Broadfield House Glass Museum, in Kingswinford, was abuzz last night for the launch of the Back to the Future exhibition.  Over two hundred people filled the museum to see new pieces by 23 glass artists, inspired by the Museum’s world-famous collection.

The exhibition celebrates the 400th anniversary of glass making in the Stourbridge area. Charles Hajdamach, glass historian and initiator of much in the Broadfield House collection, officially opened the exhibition. He declared that the artists’ creative response to various pieces in the collection had “made me look at the objects, indeed the museum building itself, afresh. The artists have added an extra layer to my appreciation of the beautiful, rare and unusual glass pieces in the collection.

“But, the new works are significant additions to the glass tradition and I hope many of them find their way into the collection.”
Opening night of Back to the Future at Broadfiield House Glass Museum

The new works and their original inspirations are to be found in Gallery Three of the Museum. With one exception. Charlotte Hughes-Martin, drawn to the chameleons incorporated in the work of Amalric Walter, created her own versions of the devious lizards. Which she’s displayed (or rather camouflaged!) throughout Broadfield House. For those taking up her challenge to find them, there are seven in all.

One of Charlotte Hughes Martin's seven glass chameleons lurking throughout Broadfield House

The exhibition has opened as part of the International Festival of Glass running at various locations throughout Stourbridge and environs from 24 until 27 August. Back to the Future then continues until 27 January 2013.

Back to the Future was co-organised by Broadfield House’s Kari Moodie and glass artist Jaqueline Cooley who came up with the idea. Funders include Dudley Council, Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum and Interiors & Lifestyle Futures.

Please click here for a full list of the artists.