Rescued : Original Stained Glass Designs & Drawings from the Camm Studio

Fig. 1. Florence Camm (1874-1960), unframed watercolour, pencil & ink cartoons mounted on board c1910. Coaching Inn scene.(c)

Fig. 1. Florence Camm (1874-1960), unframed watercolour, pencil & ink cartoons mounted on board c1910. Coaching Inn scene.(c)

More than 100 original designs and drawings for stained glass windows commissioned from the early to mid-20th century are going on display – and sale – at the Babylon Gallery in Ely.  Discovered in a damp and decaying farm building in Lincolnshire, the collection gives an insight into the work involved in producing a stained glass window, and displays the skill of talented stained glass artists and designers, most notably Florence Camm (1874-1960).  Camm spent her life in Smethwick, running the successful Camm stained glass company with her two brothers. She worked as a stained glass designer, painter and decorative metalworker at a time when women artists and designers were not typically taken seriously.

Her work, however, was exhibited numerous times at the Royal Academy in London. This will be an extraordinary chance to see or purchase the art of a stained glass maker.

The free exhibition runs from Tuesday 1 – Sunday 13 November 2016 and is open weekdays 12 – 4 pm, and weekends 10 – 4 pm.  For more information visit the website, or shop the pieces online.


The Stained Glass of All Saint’s Church, Stamford: Book and Launch

Fig. 1. Book launch poster

Fig. 1. Book launch poster

A new book on the Stained Glass of All Saint’s Church in Stamford will be launched on Tuesday, 1 November 2016 with an event at the church. The book explores the history of the stained glass in the church, and introduces the iconography and patronage of each window. It considers the significance of the church’s stained glass, which includes previously unstudied Victorian and twentieth-century windows made by internationally noted artists. The photography displayed in the book gives the reader a chance to view close-up sections of the windows which contain details not easily visible with the naked eye.

The author, Rachel Arnold, is a graduate of the University of York’s Conservation a Heritage Management masters programme, and has extensive practical experience in the heritage field. She will give talks on the making of her new book at 2pm and 6pm, and refreshments will be available.

To reserve a place at the launch and pre-order the book, visit the website.  Copies of the book will also be available to purchase on the launch day.

University of York Autumn Master Class Lecture

Fig. 1. Master Class poster

Fig. 1. Master Class poster

The University of York’s MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management  Autumn Master Class lecture will take place on Friday, 11 November 2016, in the Philip Ratz lecture theatre, at the Kings Manor, York.  The lecture will be given by Sarah Brown, course director, and is entitled ‘Milner-White and All That: The Restoration of York Minster’s Windows c.1750-1950.’

The lecture begins at 5.30pm. It is open to the public and free to attend.

Cambridge Medieval Art Seminar Series: Craft, Process, Technique – Anglo-Saxon Sources of the Theological Windows at Canterbury Cathedral

As part of Cambridge University’s Medieval Art Seminar Series, a lecture will be given by Dr George Younge (University of York) on ‘Anglo-Saxon Sources of the Theological Windows at Canterbury Cathedral.’  The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place on Monday, 7th November 2016, beginning promptly at 5.30pm in Lecture Room 2 of the History of Art Department (1-5 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge CB2 1PX).
For more information see the website.

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery – Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A’s recently-opened exhibition showcases the dazzling skill of England’s medieval needle-workers, who, between the 12th and the 15th centuries, enjoyed an international reputation for the quality of their luxury embroideries, often referred to as ‘Opus Anglicanum’ (English work). Made by professional craftspeople in the City of London and rich in their intricacy, their workswere sought after by kings, queens, popes and cardinals from across Europe.

The rare surviving examples are exhibited alongside other forms of art, including stained glass, paintings, illuminated manuscripts and metalwork, to explore the world within which these exquisite works were created. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see an exceptional range of surviving examples in one place. Some of the embroideries have not been seen in Britain since they were produced.

The exhibition runs until Februrary 5, 2017, and is open daily from 10.00am -5.30pm. Late viewings until 9.30pm each Friday.  Tickets cost £12.00 and advance booking is recommended.

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum Lecture: ‘David Evans of Shrewsbury and the Revival of Gothic Stained Glass’

Thursday, 17 November 2016, 3.30pm – 4.30pm.

As part of a series of talks accompanying the exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery of the work of Margaret Rope, one of the greatest stained-glass artists of the early twentieth century, the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum have invited Martin Crampin (University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies) to give a talk on another, earlier, stained glass artist with Shrewsbury connections.

David Evans was born in Wales but moved to Shrewsbury to work with John Betton where he established himself as a central figure in the development of Gothic Revival stained glass in the first half of the nineteenth century.

The lecture is open to all. Admission is by ticket, and booking is essential. Tickets are free to Friends of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, and £3 for non-members. Tickets are available from the Shrewsbury Museum Visitor Information Centre (01743 258888).
For more details, visit the Shrewsbury Museum website.
A full list of talks relating to the Margaret Rope exhibition can be found online.

Burrell Collection Closes for Four-year Makeover

Glasgow’s Burrell Collection has closed its doors and is expected to reopen after a major redevelopment in 2020.  Comprising more than 8,000 pieces, the collection, given to Glasgow by Sir William Burrell in 1944, is regarded as one of the greatest ever amassed by a single individual.  Highlights from the collection include the stained-glass portrait of the Plantagenet Princess Cecily, a hawking set belonging to James VI and embroidered thickly with gold thread, the christening apron of Prince Charles Edward Stewart and the bedhead of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves.  Items from his bequest will be on show during the renovation work at the city’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Lecture: Light, Space and Time: The History of Stained Glass, a personal view by Brian Clarke

Between Extremities, 2003. © Brian Clarke studio, London.

Fig. 1. Between Extremities, 2003. © Brian Clarke studio, London.

Thursday, 3 November 2016, 7pm, Salisbury Cathedral.

The so-called ‘rock star’ of stained glass, Clarke is the creator of some of the world’s most prominent stained glass.  He works in a variety of media, and his work can be found in architectural settings and private and public collections across the world. Clarke is interested in the unique properties of stained glass as an artistic medium, noting that, “It is not an accident that stained glass has been regarded as a metaphor for the divine for over a millennium, because light has been regarded as a metaphor for the divine.”
The lecture is free, and open to all. To reserve a seat, see the cathedral website.