About The Glass Virus

The Glass Virus is a Think Tank for educational strategies


The Glass Virus was founded to stimulate the discussion about the future status of education in the field of glass art and strives for a new interpretation of glass in arts and design. 

To define what glass art is and what it can be in the future, it is important to identify the various positions in glass art. As a European platform, the Glass Virus will develop, share and sustain a dynamic debate about the future direction of education and research in the field of glass art, design and technology.

Think Tanks are organized every two years and are for now the core activity of the Glass Virus. These conferences are aimed at exchanges between all academic glass art programmes, but are open to participants from all disciplines, artists, designers and other stakeholders. Our ambition is to create an internationally operating platform that focuses on expanding the strategies in glass art education.
The format of the Think Tank has been chosen because it focuses exclusively on the discussion between the participants and current topics in glass art and pedagogical practice.

The Think Tank has no audience. All participants are actively involved in the discussions and are encouraged to develop further-reaching activities.
We are convinced that advanced communication, exchange of expertise and an open educational structure will improve the potential of glass in arts and design.


The Glass Virus Foundation consists of:

Marie De Bruyn. Artist and educator at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, where she manages the glass workshop.

Bert Willems. Head of Research PXL-MAD, School of Arts, Hasselt (Belgium). As a professor he is attached to the Faculty of Architecture and Arts (University of Hasselt) where he is involved with the research policy and the supervision of PhD’s in the Arts.

Jens Pfeifer. Artist, educator at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, where he heads the Large Glass Department. Founder of the Glass Virus platform in 2013.

© The Glass Virus 2020. Contact us at theglassvirus@gmail.com.
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