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
Stained glass exhibition – Journeys – Teithiau Rotherhithe
Friday 16th -Sunday 18th June 2023
Holy Trinity Church, Rotherhithe. Further details: Ruth Cooke 07968 967490
A travelling exhibition of small stained glass artworks on the theme of Journeys, by Jonathan Cooke, Catrin Davies, Nicola Kantorwicz, Elizabeth Lamont, Rachel Phillips and Christian Ryan. On this occasion they are joined by talented illustrator Sandra Doyle.
This exhibition is a continuing Journey: originally planned to start in Wharfedale in 2020, it was interrupted by Covid restrictions, went online, and in 2021 it was one of the first post-pandemic exhibitions at Ely’s Stained Glass Museum. From there it travelled to St Mary’s church in Barnard Castle, as part of their Windows to the World festival, and for the Open Heritage weekend, to St Helen’s church, Denton in Wharfedale, home to an important picture window by Henry Gyles.
In late 2021, a sheet of hand made streaky glass made by English Antique Glass was cut into six equal pieces, with lots drawn to allocate a piece to each artist. They are responding to their portion of the whole in separate and individual ways, creating six new works which will be brought together for the first time at Rotherhithe in a unique collaboration.
The weekend exhibition has been planned to coincide with Music Antica Rotherhithe’s first concert of the new season, Saturday 17th June at 7.30pm, featuring La Commediante – Banchieri’s madrigal comedy Barca di Venezia per Padova and extracts from Landi’s La Morte d’Orfeo. Click here for details
Our Centenary Touring Exhibition was travelling round the UK in 2021 and 2022. You can see the online exhibition and details of venues here.
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 widely-acclaimed exhibition Brian Clarke: The Art of Light was on at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Here are some wonderful photos of the work on display.
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.