Here we recommend exhibitions of contemporary stained glass.
As yet stained glass as a medium is under-represented in the art world, but we would like to see that change with a wide variety of stained glass works shown in galleries, museums and art fairs across the UK. If you know of an exhibition of stained glass that you would like to recommend please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 stained glass, an art-form that has been practised in Britain for at least thirteen hundred years. The permanent gallery displays over 125 stained glass panels from the thirteenth century to the present day. Exhibitions are held regularly and until March you can see Rachel Mulligan’s Seven Ages of Man panels along with her designs and cartoons. The series was inspired by Shakespeare’s All the World’s a Stage and depicts scenes from the life of Rachel’s father, Jim Mulligan. Each vignette is framed by a vine that reflects the changing seasons. A two-minute video of the panels can be seen here here, and a booklet to accompanies the exhibition is available at www.rachelmulligan.co.uk or from the Stained Glass Museum shop.
Over the last fifty years, Britain has had a significant impact on how glass is perceived as an art form. Both national and international artists have based themselves here, drawn to the teaching and world-renowned facilities the UK offers. The exhibition ART OF GLASS examines the diverse work of established and emerging glass artists working in Britain today. Included is Beauty Tricks by stained glass artist Pinkie Maclure, who marries traditional craft techniques with a radically different aesthetic approach. This stained glass panel critiques the human and environmental impact of the beauty industry and the pressure women sometimes place on themselves and their daughters. ART OF GLASS opened at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh (April 6th-Sep 16, 2018) and travels to The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire (20 Oct 2018 – 20 Jan 2019) nccd.org.uk
Pinkie Maclure describes her path to stained glass and working practice in this video