The Toyama Glass Art Museum has opened submissions for the Toyama International Glass Exhibition 2024. This exhibition is an international, open-submission triennial that showcases outstanding works of contemporary glass art from around the world that contribute to the advancement of glass art. We look forward to your submissions of works that are breakthroughs in creative expression.
The Executive Committee of The Toyama International Glass Exhibition
Toyama Glass Art Museum
- Works must be primarily composed of glass.
- No limitations are placed on genre or function of submitted works.
- Only works created since 2021 are eligible.
- Works that have already been submitted to other competitions will not be accepted.
- Number of works: Each applicant (individual or group) may submit up to two works.
- The applicant must own the works submitted and the copyright to them.
- Works may not infringe on third party intellectual property rights and/or copyrights. The applicant must acquire permission from the intellectual property right holder(s) to use a logo, symbol, work of art, film, photograph, video, program, music, etc., in the work in question prior to submission. If a third party should claim infringement of the right and/or compensation, addressing it is the sole responsibility of the applicant. The organizers of this exhibition will not be liable.
- Size: The total width, depth and height of each work must not exceed 240 centimeters.
- For an installation, the floor area occupied by the work (including special fixtures, equipment, etc.) must be less than 9㎡. The height should be less than 3.3 meters.
- Weight: Total weight must be less than 100 kilograms (220 pounds).
- If the installation of the work requires special fixtures or equipment (lighting, projector, monitor, transformer, etc.), they must be already attached to or included in the work.
- Video works are limited to those in which glass plays the major role or performance pieces using glass. The length of the video must be no longer than five minutes.
- The work must not include animals, plants, fire or dangerous materials that have a risk of soiling or damaging the museum’s facilities or causing harm to others.
- Violations of public order and morals are not permitted.
Open to all, regardless of nationality, age, or any other factors.
Apply from the official Toyama International Glass Exhibition website
https://toyama-glass.jp/english/ (“the website,” hereinafter). Proceed to the application form, enter the required information, and submit the following materials: For each work, please attach three digital photos (JPEG format) and a conceptual image (PDF format) of how it would be exhibited. When submitting a video work, a video of the work must be provided in addition to the items above.
The photographs of each work being submitted must be taken from different angles, and one of each set of three must show the work as a whole.
The images must be in JPEG format, 2MB–10 MB, 300–350 dpi, about 2000 x 3000 pixels, and the long side should be about 20 cm.
*If your work is selected for the exhibition, mainly the first image you submitted, of the three images you submitted of it, will be used in the catalogue and related activities including press relations. When you save the digital image, please make sure that its orientation, the up-down and left-right directions, are correct. The Executive Committee of the Toyama International Glass Exhibition (the “Executive Committee” hereinafter) will not be held responsible if the work is shown incorrectly because it was saved with the incorrect orientation.
*For a video work, please attach images correctly representing the contents of the video. If the work is selected, only those images will be printed in the catalogue.
Concept drawing of the display(required)
If other than the submitted work appears in the image, please clearly identify the submitted work in the image so that how it would be displayed is clear.
The concept drawing for the display must be in PDF format and be up to four pages in A4 or A3 format, 2MB or less, in a file with the .pdf extension. Do not compress the file or use security settings.
Explanatory images (required when submitting a video work)
Please upload your work on YouTube (video sharing site, www.youtube.com) with for “unlisted” use as the privacy setting, and please state the that YouTube URL on the application form. Please make the video viewable and data-obtainable until July 31, 2024.
For the volume of the data to be uploaded, please follow the restrictions on YouTube. The data format, however, must be mp4.
Call for Applications Begins : Monday, July 10, 2023
Application Deadline : Friday, November 10, 2023
*As the deadline approaches, it may become difficult to access our website due to increased applicant traffic. Please submit your entry as early as possible.
Only applications received by the Secretariat Office of the Executive Committee (“the office” hereinafter) by 11:59 p.m. JST on the application deadline will be accepted.
|Grand Prize||JPY 3,000,000 (1 work)|
|Gold Prize||JPY 1,000,000 (1 work)|
|Silver Prize||JPY 300,000 (2 works)|
|Jury Prize||JPY 100,000 (5 works)|
*Works receiving the Grand Prize or Gold Prize shall be donated to the Toyama Glass Art Museum.
*The prize will be paid net of tax.
|Amy SCHWARTZ||Director of The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass|
|Uta KLOTZ||Editor-in-chief, NEUES GLAS – NEW GLASS: art & architecture|
|ZHANG Lin||Founder, Director and Executive CEO of Shanghai Museum of Glass|
|SHIMA Atsuhiko||Director of the National Museum of Art, Osaka|
|TSUCHIDA Ruriko||Director of Toyama Glass Art Museum|
The first judging, on the basis of images submitted, will be carried out in late January, 2024, to select fifty works for the exhibition.
The jury will carry out the judging based on actual works on Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19, 2024, selecting the nine prizewinning works.
Results of the first judging:
The results of the first judging (works selected for the exhibition) will be announced on the website in early February, 2024, and the artists whose works are selected will be informed.
Results of the second judging:
The results of the second judging will be announced on the website in early June, 2024, and the artists whose works have won prizes will be informed. Information about these results will be provided to the news media and to major art museums in Japan, to design and craft arts related groups, journals specializing in glass overseas, and a variety of other media.
Period: Saturday, July 13 – Monday (and holiday), October 14, 2024
Venue: Toyama Glass Art Museum, Floors 2-3, Exhibition Rooms 1-3
Exhibited works: Selected works.
*All the selected works will be included in the exhibition catalogue.
*The opening ceremony, award ceremony, and private view will be held prior to the opening of the exhibition, on Friday, July 12, 2024.
Those who are selected in the first judging will be sent, with the notification of that result,
“Request for Exhibition” and “Exhibition Agreement” forms. Recipients are requested to fill in the required information on the “Exhibition Agreement” form and send it back to the office by Thursday, February 29, 2024.
Those who consent to have their works exhibited should please send the selected works to the address stated in the “Request for Exhibition” form by Friday, March 29, 2024.
Please pack selected works in a durable storage box or case sturdy enough to protect the work from damage during shipping.
The cost of shipping and insuring works shall be paid by the applicant.
If works are damaged during shipping, the office shall inform the applicant upon opening the box or case. The issue shall be handled and settled by the applicants and the artworks carrier used.
Only works that have been shipped and received by the stated date will be considered in the second judging.
Works that differ from the digital images previously submitted, works that are damaged on arrival at the judging venue, and works that do not meet the requirements specified in the application rules will be disqualified and will not proceed to the second judging.
The following applies only to overseas applicants:
On the assumption that all works will be returned to exhibitors after the exhibition is over, customs must be cleared for all works submitted from outside Japan.
If the work involves animals and/or plants, please consult the secretariat beforehand. If such work is submitted without prior notice, it will be disqualified.
Do not use wooden packing materials other than plywood.
Customs clearance for works shipped from overseas may take time. Please consider the time required so that your work will arrive by the due date.
The cost of shipping and insurance for the work from the applicant’s closest international airport to an international airport in Japan (TBD) shall be paid by the applicant.
Expenses for customs clearance at an international airport in Japan (TBD) and transportation costs within Japan shall be paid by the Executive Committee.
Please correctly complete the INVOICE. Omitted information may result in the work’s not clearing customs.
*Please note that if the use of wooden packing materials other than plywood or of animal and/or plant materials may mean that item shipped will, under quarantine measures, be destroyed.
For return of works submitted from within Japan, the executive committee will consign them to an artworks carrier and will pay the cost of shipping and insurance.
The following applies only to overseas exhibitors
Please specify the same address from which the work was shipped and to which it will be returned.
For return of works to overseas exhibitors, the executive committee shall pay the expenses for customs clearance, shipping, and insurance to return each work to a designated international airport within each exhibitor’s country.
For returned works, the exhibitor must pay the cost of customs clearance into his/her own country and shipping from the international airport to his/her designated destination.
If the entrant refuses to bear the cost of customs clearance and/or transportation from the international airport to his/her house, or if the work cannot be returned due to an epidemic or other circumstances, the work will be discarded.
Works will be returned in approximately two months after the exhibition’s conclusion.
The executive committee will insure all exhibited works for the duration of the event, from acceptance to return. The works will be treated with utmost care when unpacked and installed for the exhibition by an artworks carrier designated by the executive committee. The executive committee does not, however, assume liability for compensation to exhibitors if unexpected occurrences result in damage or loss of any artworks. Exclusive rights to use the prize-winning and selected works will belong to the organizer until the end of the exhibition.
To ensure correct insurance coverage, please specify the value of your work (with the maximum value, in Japanese yen, of ¥1,000,0000.)
The copyrights on the works belong solely to the entrants.
However, use of the intellectual property rights with respect to each work is stipulated as follows:
When the executive committee conducts public relations activities and exhibitions, it is permitted to use the intellectual property rights of the works in question.
The executive committee is also able to use without charge the images of the works (or portraits) submitted by the entrants for the exhibition catalogue, postcards, posters, flyers, website, posts on social media, etc. In addition, the organizers reauthorize third parties, including the mass media, to use the images in various media. Other information such as winners’ names and titles of works will be used on websites and social media, in art magazines, etc.
There will be no time limit for the duration of use of such materials.
As for the prize-winning and selected works, the executive committee is allowed to take photographs and use them as above.
At the exhibition, general visitors are allowed to take photographs of the exhibition and the exhibited works and post them on the Internet, including their blogs and social media. (Based on the organizers’ judgement, restrictions on photography may be applied.)
If a work is found to infringe on a third party’s intellectual property rights or copyrights, its entry to the exhibition or winning of a prize will be cancelled.
Personal information provided by applicants shall be used for purposes related to this exhibition (e.g., communications needed for operations, announcements of judging results, shipping of documents, communicating information about the exhibition, statistical work, return of works, information about the next exhibition, and so on) or for research activities carried out by the museum.
|Monday, July 10, 2023||Call for Applications begins|
|Friday, November 10, 2023||Application deadline|
|Late January, 2024||First Judging (based on images submitted)|
|Early February, 2024||Report of results of First Judging (works selected for the exhibition)|
|Thursday, February 29, 2024||Deadline for submitting the Exhibition Agreement|
|Friday, March 29, 2024||Deadline for shipping works|
|Thursday, April 18 — Friday, April 19, 2024||Second Judging (based on actual works)|
|Early June, 2024||Announcement of Results of the Final Judging|
|Friday, July 12, 2024||Opening Ceremony, Award Ceremony, and Private View|
|Saturday, July 13 – Monday (and holiday), October 14, 2024||Toyama International Glass Exhibition 2024|
|Mid October on, 2024||Return of works|
*Please note that all dates and times are based on Japan Standard Time (Greenwich Mean Time +09:00).
Please strictly observe the schedule.
Any matters not stipulated herein shall be decided by the organizer as the need arises.
Please submit all inquiries via the Inquiries form on our website. Inquiries may be up to 200 characters in Japanese or 400 words in English. Our reply may take one to two weeks, depending on the content of your inquiry. Your understanding is appreciated. We shall not answer inquiries regarding the outcomes of the judging, the reasoning, or other aspects of the award processes.
Secretariat Office of the Executive Committee of the Toyama International Glass Exhibition in the Toyama Glass Art Museum
5-1 Nishicho, Toyama City, Toyama 930-0062, Japan
The Toyama International Glass Exhibition website: https://toyama-glass.jp/english/