Inspired by Burne-Jones, a Unique Exhibition of Contemporary Glass

4th – 16th June, 2019 The Grange Art Gallery, Rottingdean, East Sussex

Fig. 1. Panel by Jonathan Cooke, Inspired by Burne-Jones.

Fig. 1. Panel by Jonathan Cooke, Inspired by Burne-Jones.

Among the glitterati attracted to the seaside village of Rottingdean at the end of the 19th century was Edward Burne-Jones, who from 1880 called Aubrey House, on the other side of The Green from The Grange, his home for almost twenty years. St Margaret’s’ church in Rottingdean still houses outstanding examples of Burne-Jones’ stained glass: http://www.stmargaret.org.uk/history/4-history-the-windows.php

Supported by The Rottingdean Preservation Society and The Worshipful Company of Glaziers, Inspired by Burne-Jones celebrates Rottingdean’s connection with the artist and designer, and highlights Burne-Jones’s work as a continuing source of inspiration. The exhibition will see the Grange Gallery transformed, with panels of stained glass suspended in the tall Georgian windows and an array of light-boxes illuminating further glass paintings.

More than 20 specialist glass practitioners have contributed to the exhibition, from studios across the UK (and one in US), and including some of the best known names in stained glass in Britain today. Several members of The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and the British Society of Master Glass painters (including Caroline Swash, Pippa Stacey, Jonathan Cooke, Lynette Wrigley, Pippa Martin, Emma Blount, Frans Wesselman and Nicola Kantorowicz) are keen to pay homage to Burne-Jones’ work and legacy.

The exhibited pieces reveal in-depth exploration of Burne-Jones’ works, drawing inspiration from his paintings, stained glass and tapestry, the artists’ sources including The Briar Rose and Perseus cycles, The Beguiling of Merlin, The Golden Stairs and The Adoration of the Magi tapestry.

Fig. 2. Detail of panel by Pippa Martin, Inspired by Burne-Jones.

Fig. 2. Detail of panel by Pippa Martin, Inspired by Burne-Jones.

Fig. 3. Detail of Wings by Pippa Stacey, Inspired by Burne-Jones.

Fig. 3. Detail of Wings by Pippa Stacey, Inspired by Burne-Jones.

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’ stained glass.

For further details about the exhibition, please contact:

Anne-Sara Odor, Grange Gallery Manager, Rottingdean: [email protected]

Elizabeth Lamont, Exhibition Co-ordinator: [email protected]

The Grange Gallery, The Grange, The Green, Rottingdean, BH2 7HA

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Tuesdays – Saturdays 10.30am – 4.00pm , Sundays 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Closed Mondays.

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