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Awards from the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass

The aim of all the Glaziers’ Company’s awards is to raise the standards of work within the craft, particularly in the UK, by offering additional learning experiences to enhance the skills of potential workers.

Work Placement Awards 2016–17

For the year 2016–17 the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass is offering the Award for Excellence and the Ashton Hill Award, and the Arthur and Helen David Travelling Scholarship. Applications are invited from individuals who are intending to undertake a long-term career in stained glass, preferably within the UK. The deadline for entry for these awards is Friday 1 April, with interviews on Monday 18 April. The Award for Excellence and the Ashton Hill Award both offer valuable opportunities for those wishing to develop their skills towards a practical career in stained glass. Recipients will be placed in high-quality working studios, where they will undertake mentored work experience on actual projects under the supervision, guidance and tuition of experienced professionals.

The forty-week Award for Excellence is an enhanced work-experience programme that provides individual tuition tailored to the needs and interests of the award winner. It is suitable for those with an interest in contemporary and traditional techniques and in conservation. Applications may be considered from exceptional conservators and painters in other media without prior glass experience who wish to expand their practice to include glass working. The ten-week Ashton Hill Awards are offered to those wishing to develop their skills in conservation and/or glass-painting. For both awards up to £265 per week is provided to assist with subsistence, rent, and travel costs for the duration of the award.

The Arthur and Helen Davis Travelling Scholarship

This scholarship, worth up to £1,500, is awarded in alternate years to a student or an artist in stained glass, and is being offered in 2016. It is aimed at those who are still training; those within five years of having completed training may also apply. The object of the scholarship is to give the winner the opportunity to travel to widen their experience and to develop their study and knowledge of glass. The deadline is 1 April 2016, and further details may be found on the website.

Continuing Professional Development Awards

These are short in duration and help with training for professionals, supporting either a move towards accreditation as a conservator or tuition to increase proficiency or develop creative skills in the practice of the craft. The award could be used to assist someone to attend a masterclass, a course, seek tuition, shadow a fellow professional, or learn a new skill to enhance working practices. These awards are particularly aimed at professionals unable to leave their work for long periods, so they typically enable attendance at short courses or short studio placements under expert tuition. Each award will offer up to £550 towards tuition costs and £225 towards subsistence. The deadline is 31 January 2016, and further details may be found on the website.