Here we recommend exhibitions of contemporary stained glass.
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Inspired by Burne-Jones, a Unique Exhibition of Contemporary Glass
The Grange Gallery
The Grange, The Green, Rottingdean, BH2 7HA
4–16 June 2019
Open Monday–Sunday 10.30–4.00 for the duration of this exhibition
Supported by The Rottingdean Preservation Society and The Worshipful Company of Glaziers, Inspired by Burne-Jones celebrates Rottingdean’s connection with Edward Burne-Jones who lived in the village from 1880-1898. The Grange Gallery will be transformed with panels of stained glass suspended in the tall Georgian windows, an array of lightboxes illuminating a further collection of glass paintings and a collection of glowing artefacts. Based in studios all over the UK (and one in US), the exhibitors include some of the best-known names in stained glass in Britain today, all keen to pay homage to Burne-Jones’s work and legacy: Adam Aaronson, Jude Alderman, Emma Blount, Alison Chesman, Jonathan Cooke, Catherine Day, Sue Delbridge, Juliet Forrest, Kate Henderson AMGP, Elizabeth Hippisley-Cox, Nicola Kantorowicz FMGP, Elizabeth Lamont, David Light, David J. Lilly, Brett Manley, Pippa Martin, David Randall, Vikki Rose, Q Phia Sherry, Pippa Stacey, Caroline Swash FMGP, Frans Wesselman, Lynette Wrigley and Paul Yarde.
The myriad pieces, produced by more than 20 specialist glass practitioners for the exhibition, reveal in-depth explorations of Burne-Jones’s work. Drawing inspiration from his paintings, stained glass and tapestry, the artists’ sources include: The Briar Rose and Perseus cycles, The Beguiling of Merlin, The Golden Stairs and The Adoration of the Magi tapestry. The theme has inspired a fascinating and diverse collection of highly-individual responses: narrative pieces and abstracts, a dynamic spiral of tiny details from stained glass windows, exquisite studies of jewel-like flora, serene angels, portraits and evocations of the Rottingdean Burne-Jones knew. One panel has at its heart an actual piece of Burne-Jones’s stained glass. The exhibition will showcase traditional stained glass methods still used today and contemporary techniques, often blending old and new; included are hand-blown multi-coloured glass, gilded and printed fused glass and a combination of copper and Dalle de Verre. It is a fitting tribute to the genius of Burne-Jones that his work continues to enthrall, inspiring a vibrant and varied flow of creativity here captured in glass.
Oksana Kondratyeva has a solo exhibition at Wells Cathedral from 31 May – 14 June. Oksana will be exhibiting her stained glass, embroideries and paintings. The series of artworks Celestial Journey illustrates the artist’s vision of the patterns of light, including the ancient theme of Zodiac signs, in the present era of space exploration. For more information visit the Cathedral website
The Stained Glass Museum in Ely is the only museum in the UK dedicated to exhibiting stained glass. It offers a unique insight into the fascinating history of this art-form practised in Britain for over a millennium. The permanent gallery displays over 125 stained glass panels from the thirteenth century to the present day. Temporary exhibitions are held regularly. SGM40: Celebrating 40 years of the Stained Glass Museum, showing the story of the museum’s development over the last four decades is open from 29 March-26 September 2019.
Brian Clarke is probably the best-known British stained glass artist. He believes ‘stained glass has the potential to contribute to the urban fabric of the 21st century as successfully as it did to the 15th…’. His latest widely-acclaimed exhibition Brian Clarke: The Art of Light was recently held at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich scva.ac.uk with video here www.brianclarke.co.uk