Glassblowing and printmaking celebrated at Twenty Twenty Gallery in Much Wenlock

PUBLISHED: 13:52 08 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:52 08 April 2014

Demonstration team Bandits of Glass

Demonstration team Bandits of Glass

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A visual feast will be the highlight of an exhibition in May as acclaimed glassmakers and printmakers are brought together by a Twenty Twenty Gallery.

The Gallery has sponsored the open-air demonstration in a courtyard in Much Wenlock High Street on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5The Gallery has sponsored the open-air demonstration in a courtyard in Much Wenlock High Street on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5

The Twenty Twenty Gallery in has worked directly with two of the Bandits, Tim Boswell and Elliot Walker, to co-curate the British Glassmakers and Printmakers Exhibition.

The Gallery has also sponsored the open-air demonstration in a courtyard in Much Wenlock High Street on April 4 and 5 when members of the public will be given a chance to try glass blowing, which they hope will be a spectacular launch to the exhibition which runs at the Gallery until Saturday May 24.

The talented craftsman whose work will be on display include Peter Layton from London Glassblowing - one of the world’s most widely respected glass-blowers - Vic Bamforth, Richard Roberts and Allister Malcolm.

Charlotte Hughes-Martin, known as the Milk Bottle Banksy, will also be one of the exhibitors and will join the Bandits as a special guest for their open-air demonstrations where she will be showing off her glass engraving skills.

Mary Elliott, owner of the Twenty Twenty Gallery, said they were also delighted to confirm the exhibition would feature highly-collectable prints by 20th century printmaker and artist John Piper.

Best known for his work featuring romantic British heritage, particularly architecture, almost 200 of his pieces are exhibited at The Tate.

Other printmakers taking part include Richard Bawden who has work in Royal, public and private collections together with Mychael Barratt, Louise Davies and Julia Manning.

“This is a new exhibition to celebrate the crafts of glassblowing and printmaking with some of the best British names brought together in one showcase,” said Mary who owns and runs the gallery with her husband Hugh.

“We are also thrilled that we have secured permission for an opening demonstration of professional glassblowing right here in the middle of Much Wenlock High Street and we believe it will be an event not to be missed and a real treat for visitors to the town.

“The Bandits of Glass are well known for their amusing and incorrigible displays and I know they can both enthral and entertain in equal measure with a unique combination of skill and personality which has made them so popular across the UK.

“It will be a great way to launch the exhibition which is already causing great excitement because of the names we have managed to bring together in this one exhibition. It has been fantastic working with Tim and Elliot who are wonderful at what they do and we are very much looking forward to staging what promises to be a comprehensive tribute to a collection of great artists.”

Elliot Walker added that it had been the first time he had been involved in this kind of project but that he had thoroughly enjoyed working with the Twenty Twenty Gallery on such an ambitious exhibition.

“We are extremely excited now to see the reaction when the exhibition officially opens and it is wonderful to be such a big part of the launch,” said Mr Walker.

“The list of exhibitors does read like a who’s who of glassblowing and printmaking and inspiring to see them all listed to be featured together like this in one event.

“And while we have done many demonstrations we have not done this kind of display before which is staged to open an impressive Gallery Exhibition and I think it will be a very different experience for us and one we are very much looking forward to. I hope lots of people will come down to see us on the day and take the opportunity to try glassblowing. It is a wonderful craft to see in full creative flow.”

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A private viewing of the exhibition will be held on Friday April 4 at the Twenty Twenty Gallery in Much Wenlock High Street from 6.30-9.30pm with the exhibition running from April 5 to May 24.

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