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The British Society of Master Glass Painters is fortunate to attract many eminent speakers on stained and architectural glass from amongst its UK and international membership and beyond. Subjects range from modern to mediaeval, brought to life by the enthusiasm and expertise of historians, conservators and contemporary practitioners.

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2017 Lectures


Friday 6 October 6.15 pm for 6.45 pm start

Venue: The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

Diana Coulter IHBC ‘Zen and the stained glass art of Keith New’

25 years ago Keith New lectured in the Art Workers' Guild on ‘A view from the tightrope’. Diana Coulter's talk for the Society, of which New was a well-respected Fellow for over 50 years, is an opportunity to consider how he dealt with the tightrope of post-war stained glass design. Undoubtedly he had a well-developed sense of colour, as can be seen in the 28 surviving commissions, for the most part in England as well as further afield in Glasgow and Calgary. New was also an important innovator working with glass in revolutionary as well as more affordable ways, and sadly the losses from his modest oeuvre are the very windows one would most liked to have seen. This lecture will therefore concentrate on representative examples of his work - traditional painted and leaded glass, coloured leaded glass and appliqué work.

Why is his output so modest? Leaving aside student work, his career in stained glass spanned a mere 20 years from 1954-1974 with only three late appliqué pieces executed in the 1980s and all to be seen in Isleworth. For New each commission was invested with a passionate intensity

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