We invite all Members to create an exhibition panel measuring 30cm x 30cm. Your panel can be made with traditional stained glass techniques or with contemporary and experimental methods. We look forward to seeing your work, whether you are a professional, an enthusiast or a novice. If you are not already a Member you can join here to enter.

All work should be new and made in response to the theme Inspired by William Morris, interpreted in any way you choose. We are hoping for a wide range of work that reflects his varied creative, social and intellectual achievements. You can watch a free webinar that launched the project here. Stained glass is an art form that takes time and thought to create. By studying the past we can look at the craft afresh and communicate it to a modern audience. We would like this exhibition to help inspire a new generation of people to work with stained glass and commission it for public buildings and homes as William Morris succeed in doing.

Entry to the online exhibition is free and work can be added until December 2025. You can submit up to three panels for the online exhibition by sending a high-resolution image to portfolio@bsmgp.org.uk. You must include your name, title, medium/techniques and up to 60 words about your piece. You can include a link to your website or one social media link. Please state whether or not you wish to be considered for the showcase exhibition.

Around 30 panels will be selected by a panel of experts and exhibited in a new display stand sponsored by Sanderson, who hold the Morris & Co. archive. All work for the touring exhibition should be for sale and include a 40% commission fee. Sold work will leave the exhibition and there will be an opportunity for other panels to be displayed. We look forward to showcasing an exciting exhibition.

The deadline for submissions for the initial phase of the touring exhibition is 30 June 2024. There is a £30 selection fee to enter. Selected panels will need to be delivered to Wells or Stourbridge by the middle of August.

The exhibition will launch at the International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge 23-26 August 2024 and then move to the Stained Glass Museum in Ely until the end of October. More venues may be announced later.

Enjoy the online exhibition. Just click on the image to scroll through the panels. We will add more as they are submitted.

Helen Robinson 'Love is Enough'
Antique glass, sandblasted, paint and silver stain. "Love is enough: though the World be a-waning, And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining, Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder…" 'Written in 1872, this extract from Morris’s poem resonates more than ever in our modern world. Love of people and the essence of nature are ultimately the only answer to the problems we face today.'
Jacque Pavlosky 'William Morris’
Fused glass powder on an opaque glass sheet, manipulated with brushes and a porcupine quill. 'For the viewer, the image of the human face holds an irresistible magnetism. One is confronted by the presence of the person depicted, and is drawn willingly or unwillingly into their world. Our faces reflect who we are, the lives we’ve led and the thoughts we hold. William Morris’s portrait does all of these things, his intensity and work ethic are writ in visible form in his gaze.'
Annie Ross 'Caught in the Act'
Traditional painted and leaded glass with etched strawberry shape, red on white. 'Inspiration came from Morris’s design which is SO popular. I just wanted to give a different humorous take on it. Morris is not someone I would traditionally go to for inspiration so this was a deviation for me! Nevertheless there is much to find of interest in his work and it threw open new doors.'
Jane Littlefield 'Morris Green Man'
Stained glass panel, using Tatra glass and recycled greenhouse glass, painted with kiln fired glass paint, silver stain and translucent enamel. 'The Green Man is the custodian of nature and protector of the countryside. A symbol found in many churches, he ties in with Willam Morris’s philosophy that we should embrace the natural world. Morris believed that links with nature were essential to people’s emotional and physical health, especially relevant today as technology overwhelms us and environmental destruction worsens.'
June Kingsbury 'Of the Forest'
Leaded stained glass. Clouds in the sky. On the forest floor, fallen leaves, acorns, beetles. A shooting star of dreams up to small birds gathering poetry to build a nest in the trees. 'Four blue specked eggs. In the centre, a standing figure, part human, part of the forest.'
Simone Kay 'Morris Panel'
Kiln fired painting with two firings, tracing line and shading black. Red spectrum and teal glass, leaded, soldered, cemented and blacked. 'To reflect William Morris's fascination with the natural world and inspired by the recent webinar, I decided to feature the 'tomato soup' coloured chair and a modern version of the leafy wallpaper.'
Fabrizia Bazzo 'Woman with Tulip and Willow'
Acid etched, painted and stained antique glass, leaded. 'I have always been compelled by the floral patterns of William Morris. I couldn't resist using one of them and I developed a design opportunity to incorporate "Tulip and Willow" in my stained glass panel. Working on it during the different stages of acid etching and painting I understood the intricacy and balance of the pattern. William Morris stated that an ornamental pattern should contain three qualities: beauty, imagination and order. I hope to have respected these principles.'
Nataliia Bodrova 'Nature is Watching'
Cathedral glass and black opaque glass, leaded. 'William Morris loved Iceland and its folklore. Iceland and nature are deeply connected. In its sagas and folktales Gods and creatures, like elves and trolls, become alive at night and are always found in nature. Odin One-Eyed, flanked by his two all seeing and all remembering ravens Huginn (Mind) and Muninn (Memory) mimic the blueberry bush and gaze at us.'