The Centenary of the British Society of Master Glass Painters is in 2021. We are inviting all Members to create an exhibition panel, or series of panels, for the online exhibition below. Each panel should be 30cm x 30cm (outside size). We will provide frames for the duration of the exhibition. There is no theme and no restriction on techniques or materials, provided glass is involved. Entry for the virtual exhibition is free for Members and all work should be new, created specially for the centenary year.

Apart from the virtual exhibition, we are also in discussion with the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, The Stained Glass Museum in Ely, The Ruskin Centre in Stourbridge and several other venues including Cathedrals for a touring exhibition during 2021-22. There will be a hanging fee for any work selected for our flagship exhibitions. More details will follow.

The deadline for entry has been extended to the spring. Contact portfolio@bsmgp.org.uk by the end of March if you intend to submit work and the deadline is now 30th April 2021. Images should be at least 150mm x 150mm and 300 dpi. Accompanying text should include, in this order, Name, Title, Media/Techniques, and up to 40 words about the inspiration for the work. We look forward to receiving your entries here.

Click on the image to scroll through the panels, and there are more on the following pages.

Jesica Stroud
Lamberts glass, sandblasted, engraved, painted and silver stained. 'The image was inspired by Godfrey Blount (1859-1937) who founded the Peasant Art Society in the town where I live, members of which practised their radical belief of 'creating art for love not money'. The original work is a linocut and I felt challenged to see if I could replicate it in glass.'
Rachel Mulligan AMGP 'The Wine Lovers'
Abraded flashed glass and slab glass, painted and stained. 'During lockdown I have been dreaming of enjoying a glass of wine with my friends and family. I was inspired to make this stained glass panel by the beautiful colours of wine.'
Sally Pollitzer 'On the Allotments’
Stained and painted Polish, German and English glass. 'The seasonal change, a gardener grasping his seed packet, the all important shed, the emerging sunflower, a reminder of how important our Bath allotment was during Lockdown.'
Ruth Taylor Jacobson ‘A Generation Goes, a Generation Comes - but the Earth Endureth Forever’ (Ecclesiastes 1 v.4)
Painted and leaded 'antique' glass. 'As I grow older, I become more and more aware of the transience of Life - seeing people change, grow older - and so many dear friends pass away - especially during this nightmare pandemic. A vortex of swirling, tortured bodies (inspired by William Blake) and at the centre is the hope of new life, embodied in a human embryo.'
Jacqui Farrell-Fowler ' Hidden, Forgotten, Invisible?'
Traditionally painted slab glass and enamelled, laser and acid etched, plated red flash then leaded. 'Inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, I have created a tribute in celebration of the female stained glass designers and makers of the 20th Century whose names are rarely mentioned and whose work gets overlooked and forgotten.'
Ruth Kersley ‘Pit Brow Lasses’
Engraved, painted and leaded ‘antique’ glass. ‘Inspired by 1860’s photographs depicting the bond between female pit workers, forgotten by history. Engraved faces reflect their tough resilience and the ironstone they broke with heavy pickaxes. As we emerge from this dark pandemic we recall acts of heroism and solidarity and hopes for a brighter future’.
Wendy Newhofer 'Cyanobacteria'
Kiln formed glass with inclusions of metal leaf, foil and wire. 'Research for an exhibition titled ‘Life forms’ led me into the wonderful world of cyanobacteria. Still the subject of scientific research, their fossilised remains date back over 3.5 million years. I love their sinuous forms.'
Caroline Small 'Leaves in a stream'
Cast glass powers fused onto glass reactive base. 'This piece is inspired from long lockdown walks with my dog. We walked by the river and watched the autumn leaves being swept away. The piece is created from real leaves which have been cast in glass.
Veronica Smith 'The Sentinel'
Painted, silver stained and leaded antique glass. 'The panel is inspired by the birds in my garden and the solace found in wildlife through difficult times. The Jackdaws in particular were fun to watch. One would keep a look out whilst the other was on the feeder and sometimes there were several pairs. Then they would swap and take it in turns to keep watch. It was heartwarming to watch their sense of community, trust and camaraderie.'
Caroline Small 'Microscopic Viruses'
Mouth blown flashed glass, sandblasted, painted and silver stained. 'If you combined all the Corona virus in the world you would not even fill a can of coke. A microscopic wonder that is deadly in its beauty. I have made this for all those who have lost their lives, for those that helped and cared and for the brilliant scientists that found a vaccine.'
Simone Kay 'Outtakes'
Painted and stained over-fired glass (cat), fused clear glass with enamels and wire, screen printed and stained glass. 'Celebrating 100 years of BSMGP, a reminder that things do not always go according to plan. Every glass painter, fuser or slumper will have experienced equipment failure, accidental breakages and general mishaps, so here are some out-takes leaded together with wide heart lead!'
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