As restrictions return across much of the UK and Europe, online resources and events are more welcome than ever. An increasing number of organisations are working 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 next year.
British Society of Master Glass Painters
The BSMGP’s Autumn Lecture will be held online on Friday 27th November at 7pm. Conservator Steve Clare will talk about the painted glass of the 18th century, and the transitional period into the early 19th century. Tickets can be booked online (£4.25 for members, £5 for non-members).
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 particularly enjoyed “Stained Glass in English Parish Churches”, a two-part lecture by Dr Jasmine Allen, curator of the Stained Glass Museum. Both parts can now be watched online, via the Stained Glass Museum’s YouTube channel.
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 “A” Is For Affordable: Glass Artists of CGS, A Selling Show, offers beautiful glass at affordable prices (All work priced from £50 – £500). It will run from 1st November to 8th January 2021.
The CGS’s will hold this first ever Private View for this online exhibition, on Friday 6th November 2020, 7.00- 7.30 pm, via Zoom.
Past and present 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 has moved its lecture series online. The next lecture, ‘In the Light of Modernity’, by award-winning glass artist Mel Howse, will take place on Wednesday 4th November at 19:00 (GMT). Tickets are £5 / £4 (Friends) + 95p eventbrite booking fee. For more information and to book tickets, please click here.
You can find out about the latest Stained Glass Museum events here.
The first lecture hosted online by the Stained Glass Museum, “Craft New Art: An Artistic Journey in Stained Glass” with Helen Whittaker MA FMGP is also available to watch online.
Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass
On Wednesday 18th November at 18:00 (GMT), the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass will be hosting a webinar that brings together experts from the US and UK on the theme of Display & Spectacle: Stained Glass in Exhibitions & Expositions. Augustus Pugin in the Great Exhibition of 1851, London and Louis Comfort Tiffany in the Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago.
The discussion will be led by Dr Jasmine Allen (Stained Glass Museum, Ely, UK), Dr Rolf Achilles (independent historian & Richard H Driehaus Museum) and Jennifer Thalheimer (Charles Hosmer Morse Museum), hosted by the Master, Suzanne Galloway and moderated by David Stringer-Lamarre. Booking details are here. Tickets are £5 + booking fee, but the event is free to members of the Glaziers’ Company (Contact the Clerk for the promo code).
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 also 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.