Karen Akester

Education
2001-02Mdes Master of Glass Design, Edinburgh College of Art
1990-93BA (hons) Glass Design, Edinburgh College of Art
Awards
2016Funded commission to develop works in glass and paper for 'Somme; remembrance & expression’, Febfest County Durham. Arts Council England & Daisy Arts
2014Ottillie Helen Wallace prize for a female sculptor, Royal Scottish Academy Open exhibition, Edinburgh
2013Ramsay Cornish Prize, Royal Scottish Academy and Scottish Society of Artists open exhibition, Edinburgh
2011QPA funding towards development of new work in glass and bronze, Creative Scotland
2011Craft Makers Award, CEC Development of new work in Metal
Recent exhibitions
2018Six women in glass, Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh
Colour Theory, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2017Leap of Faith, Northlands Creative, Lumsden Scotland
RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh
2016VAS Converge, Visual Arts Scotland, Edinburgh
Elemental, Scottish Glass Society and Northlands Creative Glass, Coburg House Edinburgh and Northlands Lumsden, Scotland
2015International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge
2014Coburger Prize for Contemporary Glass, European Museum of Modern Glass, Germany
2013Focus showcase, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2012Unnatural Natural Histories, curated by Coates & Scarry, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2012Affordable Arts Fair, with Coates & Scarry, Melbourne Australia
2011Scottish Craft Show, with Craft Scotland, Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
A Passion for Glass: The glass collection of Dan Klein & Alan J.Poole, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Modern Fabulists, curated by Coates & Scarry, View Art Gallery, Bristol
2010Remarkable Glass, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
COLLECT represented by the Bullseye Gallery USA, Saatchi Gallery, London
2009Side by Side, Contemporary Glass Society and Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
Commissions
2010Royal Society of Edinburgh & Edinburgh Beltane-beacon for public engagement awards
Scottish National Rugby ‘Hall of Fame Award’; design and produce glass prototype
2008Edinburgh University; design and produce in glass Principals Medals 2008
Public Collections
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Northlands Creative, Lumsden Caithness, Scotland
Wheaton Arts Creative Glass Centre of America, New Jersey, USA
Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA
Publications
2015A Passion for Glass, Rose Watban, National Museum of Scotland
2013Tribe International Creative Arts Magazine, Mark Doyle, issue 20 September
2012Article by Jennifer Hawkins Opie, Craft Arts International no.84
2010Craft Arts International, issue 77 and 80
2009Contemporary Kiln Formed Glass – A world survey, Keith Cummings, A&C Black
2009Bonhams Modern & Contemporary Glass, Dan Klein, Bonhams Auctioneers
2009Neues Glass, fall 3/09

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