Election of Associates and Fellows
Here we outline how to apply to become an Associate of the British Society of Master Glass Painters and how Fellows are elected. Applications are now open for 2024 and the deadline is 31st December. Any applications after then will be considered for 2025.
Paid-up members of the Society with at least five years professional experience after training can apply to become an Associate once they have reached a level of excellence in both designing and making (or supervising making) stained glass work. Craft Associates will have achieved excellence in making, designing-making and/or conservation/restoration work, and do not need to demonstrate design skills.
It takes a considerable amount of time and thought to put an application together. The applicant submits ten projects, some of which must be in an architectural or public setting (including works in situ – e.g. architectural commissions, windows, doors; hung works – e.g. wall panels, exhibition works; or freestanding works – e.g. screens, external installations), and each project is illustrated with the scale design, photos and a written description. A sample panel can be included too, by arrangement.
Once a year the Fellows meet to carefully consider all the applications. All applicants must be full paid-up members. Successful candidates receive a certificate, embossed with our original seal, and a professional qualification allowing them to use AMGP (Associate Master Glass Painter) or CAMGP (Craft Associate Master Glass Painter) after their name. They can then be included on the portfolio pages of this website free of charge, submit new work for publication in the Journal of Stained Glass and apply for commissions that are offered exclusively to Fellows and Associates. Associates pay a higher subscription rate than ordinary members (currently £79 a year). Unsuccessful candidates can reapply after two years when they have had a chance to develop their portfolios. There is currently an application fee of £39.50 per candidate.
Contact the Hon. Secretary if you require more information.
To become a Fellow, artists need to have at least ten years professional experience and have attained eminence and maturity in their field. They must be competent to advise and judge other practitioners. Associates should gain the nominations of two Fellows and notify the Hon. Secretary that they wish to be assessed. The existing Fellows will consider nominations and vote on candidates. Successful Fellows are entitled to use FMGP (Fellow Master Glass Painter) after their name. They are expected to support the Society and offer help and advice to Associates. The current subscription rate for a Fellow is £90 a year.