Call for Papers: Icon Stained Glass Group AGM and Conference 2016, Canterbury, 1-3 September 2016

The Icon Stained Glass Group AGM and Conference 2016 will be held at Canterbury on 1-2 September, with an optional day of study visits on 3 September. The sessions will be led by Léonie Seliger, Director of the Stained Glass Studio at Canterbury Cathedral, who will provide a keynote address on the Great South Window project. This will be followed by an opportunity to visit the conservation studio and view the reinstallation of the historic glass.

Proposals for papers presenting recent developments and projects are invited, as well as for papers exploring the theme ‘Disaster! Management, Recovery, Reconstruction, Opportunities’. Disasters present challenges for conservators and custodians of stained glass, and the range of possible outcomes of catastrophic events means that each incident raises unforeseen, and sometimes unprecedented issues, which must be resolved in order to recover and conserve stained glass effectively. The implications and effects of recovery efforts often permanently alter both stained glass and the buildings that house it. In many instances, the process of recovery can present opportunities; others raise the question as to whether any recovery is possible or should be undertaken. Proposals for twenty-minute papers on either topic (no more than 300 words, including title and name of corresponding author), should be emailed to Léonie Seliger, Secretary of the Stained Glass Group, and copied to Katie Harrison, Events Officer, no later than 31 July 2016.

On Saturday 3 September, there will be a visit to view the cycle of windows by Marc Chagall and Charles Marq at All Saints Church, Tudeley, with a stop-off at St Lawrence’s Church, Mereworth, to visit this stunning neo-classical church with mid-eighteenth century heraldic glass by William Price the Younger. We will also visit a site that illustrates the theme of disaster   the shrine of St Jude at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Faversham. This has an ensemble of 1950s stained glass by Richard King, and a west window reconstructed in 2004 following a fire.

Student & Emerging Professional Poster Competition

Students are invited to submit titles for our first Student & Emerging Professional Poster Competition, which will be on display throughout the first two days of the event. Posters will be judged by delegates, who will be asked to vote during the conference. A cash prize of £100 will be awarded to the winner, with a second prize of £50 and third prize of £25. Posters may be on a current project or case study, or on the conference theme   ‘Disaster! Management, Recovery, Reconstruction, Opportunities’   and will be judged on effective communication of the subject and the visual impact of the design.
If you would like to submit a poster for display at the conference and enter the competition, please email Katie Harrison, Events Officer, with your name; the title of your poster and a brief outline of the content (max. 200 words); your email address; and your institution. The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2016. If you are selected, your poster will need to be printed in A2 or A1 (i.e., a maximum of 594mm x 841mm (23.4 ins x 33.1in.)).

Preferential booking rates for this event have been secured at the Cathedral Lodge, within the cathedral precincts, and are available from 31 August to 2 September. Please call the Cathedral Lodge directly (01227 866210 from the UK, +441227 866210 from outside the UK), and quote ‘ICON AGM 2016’. Lodge rooms: £117 single occupancy/£127 double occupancy, including breakfast and VAT. Burgate House bedrooms: £75 single occupancy/£85 double occupancy, including breakfast and VAT.

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