The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass is pleased to announce that once again they will again be offering the Award for Excellence and Ashton Hill Award training work placement, for the year 2015–16. The deadline for entry is Friday 20 March 2015, with interviews on Wednesday 15 April 2015. They Worshipful Company is also offering the Stevens Competition prizes. Application details are available on the ‘Competitions and Awards’ page, accessible from the homepage of the Glaziers’ website.
The aim of all the Glaziers’ awards is to raise standards of work within the craft, particularly in the United Kingdom, by offering additional learning experiences to enhance workers’ skills.
The Award for Excellence and the Ashton Hill Award
These awards offer valuable opportunities for those wishing to develop their skills towards a practical career in stained glass. Applications are invited from individuals within five years of completing their training who are intending to undertake a long-term career in stained glass, preferably within the United Kingdom. Recipients will be placed in high-quality working studios, where they will undertake mentored work on actual projects, under the supervision, guidance, and tuition of experienced professionals.
The ten-week Ashton Hill Awards are offered to those wishing to develop their skills in conservation and/or glass-painting. 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. This forty-week period may be shortened by a few weeks, in line with the winning applicant’s needs and the panel’s decision at the time. The award is suitable for those with an interest in both 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. For both awards up to £250 per week is provided to assist with subsistence, rent and travel costs for the duration of the award.
You can read more about these awards, obtain application details, and see lists of the past winners’ names by visiting the Competitions and Awards pages of the Glaziers’ website.