While most of us have welcomed the relaxation of lockdown measures, it will still be some time before we can gather together for larger events like lectures, while travel and days out will still not be possible for some. Happily, the wonders of technology have enabled many organisations to make lectures and exhibitions available online. A few of our favourites are below, and we encourage readers to get in touch with online exhibitions, resources and events to watch out for later in the year.
Churches Conservation Trust
The Churches Conservation Trust has been running a wonderful free series of lectures, livestreamed via Facebook. Past lectures are available online and cover a wide range of topics.
Here at Vidimus, we are particularly looking forward to a two-part lecture by Dr Jasmine Allen, curator of the Stained Glass Museum, in early August. ‘Stained Glass in the English Parish Church’ will be livestreamed at 13:00 on Thursday 6th August and Thursday 13th August. For more information, please visit the CCT website or Facebook page.
Contemporary Glass Exhibition: Journeys – Teithiau
An exhibition of contemporary stained glass Journeys – Teithiau, which would have been held this summer, in the Grade I listed All Saints Church, Weston, in Wharfedale, has moved online. Featuring work by contemporary artists Jonathan Cooke, Catrin Davies, Nicola Kantorowicz FMGP, Elizabeth Lamont, Rachel Phillips, Christian Ryan AMGP and Caroline Swash FMGP.
The exhibition can be viewed here, and further events are planned as the project evolves.
Contemporary Glass Society
The Contemporary Glass Society is running a Lockdown Series of Online Glass Exhibitions. Each month, a new exhibition will launch online, with past exhibitions also available to view. The latest exhibition What inspires you? is a follow-up to the show co-curated by Cathryn Shilling early in July, inviting CGS members to share images that inspire them. The exhibitions can be viewed here.
Institute of Conservation
The Conservation: Together at Home Webinar Series, run by the Institute of Conservation’s Book & Paper Group Committee, provides free lectures on a range of conservation topics. Although these talks do not focus on stained glass, they may be of particular interest to the conservators and heritage professionals within our readership.
Full details, including links to registration and recordings of past lectures, can be found online.
Stained Glass Museum
The Stained Glass Museum hosted its first online annual lecture, “Craft New Art: An Artistic Journey in Stained Glass” with Helen Whittaker MA FMGP of Barley Studio on 15 July 2020. Helen’s lecture is also now available to watch online.
Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass
On Thursday 6th August at 18:00, the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass will be hosting and online talk by Phil Thomas. Phil will lead a discussion about the hidden treasures of the Stained Glass Repository. Full details and links to registration can be found on their website.
York Minster Stained Glass Navigator
Serendipitously, York Glaziers Trust’s York Minster Stained Glass Navigator launched shortly after lockdown began (see Issue 131) Having launched with the Great East Window and St Cuthbert Window, work to add more of York Minster’s windows to the Navigator has continued apace, and three of the nave aisle windows can now be explored online in incredible detail.
The Navigator can be accessed directly using the link: https://stainedglass-navigator.yorkglazierstrust.org or can be entered from the home page of the YGT website.