Karen Akester

Education
2001-02Mdes Master of Glass Design, Edinburgh College of Art
1990-93BA (hons) Glass Design, Edinburgh College of Art
Awards
2011Creative Scotland QPA funding towards development of new work in glass and bronze
Craft Makers Award funding towards development of new work in metal 2011
2009/07/03Creative and Professional Development Award, Scottish Arts Council
2006Scottish Arts Council and National lottery Funding for Gulbenkian Residency North Lands
Recent exhibitions
2014Coburg Prize for Contemporary glass, European Museum of Modern Glass, Germany
2013Focus Artist (Glass) showcase at Contemporary Applied Arts London.
CAA Makers Auction at Contemporary Applied Arts London.
SSA Annual exhibition at the RSA-Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh.
2012Unnatural Natural Histories curated by Coates & Scarry, RWA-Royal West of England Academy Bristol
AAF Affordable Art Fair Melbourne Australia represented by Coates and Scarry
2011Winter exhibition Scottish Sculpture Workshop at Lumsden, Aberdeenshire
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft show with Craft Scotland;selected to represent Scotland
A Passion for Glass The collection of Dan Klein and Alan J Poole NMS:Edinburgh
Modern Fabulists curated by Coates & Scarry, View Art Gallery Bristol
2010SOFA Chicago in association with the Bullseye Gallery at Festival Hall Navy Pier, USA
Remarkable Glass in association with the Contemporary Glass Society and Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Collect 2010 - the Saatchi Gallery London represented by The Bullseye Gallery USA
Migrate’09 30 years of Scottish Glass curated by Dan Klein, touring exhibition
2009Modern and Contemporary Glass auction by invitation @ Bonhams Bond Street, London
2008Gifted National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
British Glass Biennale - International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge; (also 2006;2004)
2007Side by Side Devon Guild of Craftsmen/Contmeporary Glass Society, Bovey Tracey Devon
2005Glass Sellers Prize, Glasshouse Gallery, Leathermarket London
2004British Glass Inspiration, by invitation Burgdorf Switzerland
2003Fellows one year exhibition CGCA Creative Glass Center of America, Millville NJ, USA
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
Dan Klein & Alan J. Poole (Private Collection)@The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
North Lands Creative Glass Centre Lybster, Caithness, UK
CGCA Creative Glass Center of America, Millville New Jersey, USA
Publications
2013Tribe International Creative Arts magazine issue 20/SEPT 2013
2012Craft Arts International no.84, 2012 Dan Klein & Alan J.Poole glass collection at the National Museum of Scotland.review by Jennifer Hawkins Opie
2010CGS newsletter, Remarkable Glass review byJennifer Hawkins Opie; Collect 2010 review.
2009Neues Glass fall 2009 (3/09), Selected entry Jutta Cuny-Franz award
Contemporary Kiln formed Glass ‘A World Survey’ by Keith Cummings. (hb.invited artist)
2008British Glass Biennale Catalogue (inc.2006;2004)
2003Interview with Robin Rice www.wheatonvillage.org

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