- Vidimus - https://www.vidimus.org -

The Stained Glass Museum Open from 18 May 2021

Kehinde Wiley, Saint Adelaide (2014), on display at the Stained Glass Museum (ELYGM 2021:1) © The Stained Glass Museum

The Stained Glass Museum has reopened to the public from Tuesday 18th May following the extended lockdown. 

New opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3.30pm. Advance booking is encouraged.

Joint tickets (to visit both Ely Cathedral and Stained Glass Museum) can be booked by clicking here.

Individual tickets to The Stained Glass Museum only can be booked by clicking here.

With over 130 examples of stained glass from the medieval to the modern era on display, explore this beautiful art form up-close in the majestic surrounds of Ely Cathedral.

The museum is hoping to recommence its practical glass workshops from June 2021. For more information please visit www.stainedglassmuseum.com   

New Kehinde Wiley acquisition

Kehinde Wiley, Saint Adelaide (2014), on display at the Stained Glass Museum (ELYGM 2021:1) © The Stained Glass Museum

Kehinde Wiley, Saint Adelaide (2014), on display at the Stained Glass Museum (ELYGM 2021:1) © The Stained Glass Museum

The Stained Glass Museum is thrilled to reopen with a new major acquisition by American artist Kehinde Wiley on display. Wiley (b.1977) is an established and celebrated visual artist, best known for his portraits which place black men and women in traditional settings of original historical, religious, or mythological portraits. Saint Adelaide (2014) is the first stained glass artwork by Wiley to enter a public art collection in the world.

Saint Adelaide is a larger-than-life stained glass portrait of a young black man, within a gothic frame, measuring over 2.5m high and 1m wide.  The title and subject were inspired by a 19th-century stained glass window designed by the French painter Ingres for the Royal Chapel of Saint Ferdinand (or Notre-Dame de la Compassion) in Paris, and made in Sevres around 1843. In place of the Holy Roman Empress Adelaide (931-999) is Brooklyn model Mark Shavers, holding Adelaide’s attributes, a sceptre and crown, against a diapered blue background, underneath an ornamental gothic frame and decorative border.

The artwork has been purchased for the museum’s permanent collection with the help of Art Fund and Arts Council England / V&A Purchase Grant Fund and Arts Council England/ SHARE Museums East Acquisitions Fund.

The Stained Glass Museum – New Online Shop

The Stained Glass Museum has launched a new online shop, including featured gifts and books, and selected exclusive products including new stained glass face masks, magnets, mugs and greetings cards. Browse the online shop by clicking here.

Temporary Exhibitions

Tinker, Tailor… new works by Rachel Milligan inspired by covid-19

Rachel Mulligan, Four stained glass panels from the Tinker Tailor… series: Tinker Tailor, Rich Man, Poor Man (2020) © Rachel Mulligan

Rachel Mulligan, Four stained glass panels from the Tinker Tailor… series: Tinker Tailor, Rich Man, Poor Man (2020) © Rachel Mulligan

Journeys: to Wharfe from Thames and Tawe – Teithiau: I’r Wharfe o’r Tafwys a’r Tawe

Jonathan Cooke, Over The Hills, Unipartite panel, traditional stained glass: finished size 5 3/8” x 7 1/4” © Jonathan Cooke

Jonathan Cooke, Over The Hills, Unipartite panel, traditional stained glass: finished size 5 3/8” x 7 1/4” © Jonathan Cooke

Until 25 August 2021

‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor’ is an exhibition of stained glass panels made during lockdown by the artist Rachel Mulligan and inspired by the pandemic.

18 May 2021 – 25 June 2021

Journeys: to Wharfe from Thames and Tawe an exhibition of panels on the theme of Journeys will be on show to the public at The Stained Glass Museum between 18 May 2021 – 25 June 2021. This exhibition features works by the following established artists:

Jonathan Cooke
Catrin Davies
Nicola Kantorowicz FMGP
Elizabeth Lamont
Rachel Phillips
 Christian Ryan AMGP
Caroline Swash FMGP