Stevens Architectural Glass Exhibition

10 October 2020 - 28 November 2020

This exhibition showcases competition panels by some of the emerging glass artists of today submitted to the Stevens Architectural Glass Competition in 2020.

  (c) Stained Glass Museum

About the Exhibition

These architectural glass panels were all submitted as competition entries for the 2020 Stevens Architectural Glass Competition, organised annually by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass’ (‘The Glaziers’ Company’). Open to international student glass artists and designers and those who have commenced their vocation in glass within the last eight years, the competition gives emerging stained glass artists an opportunity to compete for a real-life commission.
The 2020 competition was to design an Illuminated Panel (1980mm wide by 1000mm high) for the Main Reception Area of the John Morden Centre, a new facility for residents of Morden College, Blackheath, London. Morden College was founded by Sir John Morden, a prosperous merchant and philanthropist, in 1695 for poor Merchants who had lost their Estates. Today the college provides accommodation, medical facilities, dining room and a library for some 360 residents who have had connections with the City of London during their careers.
Some of the full-scale sample glass panels submitted for the competition, made by artists from across the UK and Europe, are featured in this exhibition. Each panel shows a section of the overall window, giving an impression of the artist’s individual response to the commission. Entries were judged anonymously by a panel of judges.

The exhibition is in the museum entrance and shop area so is free to visit, although usual admission charges apply for entry to the main museum gallery.


Tinker, Tailor... new works by Rachel Milligan inspired by covid-19

  (c) Rachel Mulligan

The new series of work by stained glass artist Rachel Mulligan was inspired by the old fortune-telling rhyme Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man or thief?

During Lockdown Rachel was reminded of two sketches she had made almost 20 years ago of stained glass panels illustrating Tailor and Soldier. She posted the sketches on Instagram and discovered they were made in the 1930’s by Charles Paine and Daisy Luther and that panels illustrating Tinker and Sailor also existed. While sketching them Rachel began thinking about how the theme could be retold with a contemporary twist to reflect the tremendous effort of the community during the Covid crisis. From the building of the Nightingale hospitals to the cleaners in care homes, and from Thursday night clapping to supporting those people who suddenly had no income, the eight panels reflect daily life in 2020.

Rachel is inspired by Medieval art and storytelling. Her work is usually very detailed but in these panels she was emulating the pared back, graphic style of the 1930’s originals. During the summer she travelled to Lamberts in Germany so she could select the right mouth-blown glass for the project. The glass has been engraved, painted and stained. Having finished work on the stained glass Rachel then revisited her printmaking past and turned the designs into a series of linocuts, the first she has made in 25 years. Rachel is delighted to be showcasing the new work at the Stained Glass Museum in Ely. It is an inspiring place to visit with so many beautiful and historic panels housed in a stunning location.

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