2022 Study Weekend

The museum's annual touring Study Weekend will take place 21-24 April 2022.

  (c) Stained Glass Museum

Image: Miracles of Thomas Becket, Trinity Chapel window III, panel 57, Canterbury Cathedral.

From our base in the historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, on the edge of High Weald, the 2022 Study Weekend will explore West Kent. A highlight of the weekend will be a full day in Canterbury visiting the world-famous Cathedral and The Cathedral Studios, the leading stained glass conservation, restoration and design studio within the Cathedral precinct. This is a fantastic opportunity to get behind-the-scenes at one of the leading conservation studios in the UK, responsible for looking after the internationally significant collection of medieval stained glass at Canterbury Cathedral.

Coach visits on Thursday afternoon and Saturday we include some spectacular 19th and 20th century glass in situ, including the complete set of Chagall windows in the parish church at Tudeley (unique in the UK), a scheme of extraordinary windows by Douglas Strachan in Winchelsea, and fine examples of the work of Morris & Co., Leonard Walker, and Rosemary Everett in the region.

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Autumn 2021 online webinar series

Our autumn series of talks was held online using zoom webinars

The Illuminated Canvas: Francis Eginton (1737-1805), the Prospect Hill Studio and Glass Painting in late Georgian Britain - Suzanne Phillips Galloway

W.R. Egington, Charity, 1810-18 (BMAG)  (c) Suzanne Galloway

W.R. Egington, Charity, 1810-18 (BMAG)

Wednesday 22 September 2021, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)

Why did a successful Birmingham toy-maker and entrepreneur take up the business of glass painting, on an architectural scale, in the late eighteenth century? What were the philosophical, religious, and technological drivers of his paintings; and how did he attract his elite clients? This illustrated talk will focus on some of Eginton’s remaining works, together with other eighteenth century comparison and contextual pieces from the Stained Glass Museum’s own collection.

Suzanne Phillips Galloway is studying for a PhD in the History of Art at the University of Buckingham. She is also a member of The Georgian Group; and she was a Trustee of the Glaziers’ Foundation and chaired its Craft & Competitions Committee (2016-2020). Suzanne was Master of The Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass (2019-20) and is presently a Trustee of The Stained Glass Museum.

Kehinde Wiley's Stained Glass Art - Jasmine Allen

Kehinde Wiley, Saint Adelaide (2014)  (c) Stained Glass Museum

Kehinde Wiley, Saint Adelaide (2014)

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)

Since the early 2000s, American portrait painter Kehinde Wiley (b.1977, Los Angeles) has made waves in the art world with his spectacular larger than life oil on canvas portraits of young African-American men adopting poses inspired by paintings by European Old Masters. Between 2014 and 2016 Wiley produced two series of stained glass portraits inspired by a number of historic ecclesiastical stained glass windows. One of these was recently acquired by The Stained Glass Museum.

In this talk museum Director and Curator Dr Jasmine Allen will explore Wiley's stained glass works, examining how they blur the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation, applying a familiar visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic and sublime used in the historic portrait painting tradition to the representation of contemporary urban, black and brown men and women throughout the world. In doing so, it will be argued that Wiley’s series of contemporary black portraits in stained glass provide a rare and welcome intervention that challenges not only the white-male dominated canon of portraiture within the western art historical tradition, but also the canon of stained glass and religious art more widely.

Dating Nathan: The Oldest Stained Glass Window in England? - Laura Ware Adlington

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)

This summer, stained glass made headline news as new scientific research confirmed that four figures from the ‘Ancestor series’ of Canterbury Cathedral pre-date the 1174 fire, as first argued by stained glass historian Madeline Caviness in 1987. Dr Laura Ware Adlington was one of the leading scientists involved in this research, which made use of a few well-measured heavy trace elements and a 3D-printed attachment for a pXRF spectrometer that facilitated in situ analysis of the glass, leading to the conclusion that the glass actually dated to c.1130-60 and are therefore amongst the oldest stained glass in the UK.

Laura’s talk will introduce these techniques and the findings of this important research, recently published in a paper co-authored with Along with Prof. Ian Freestone and Leonie Seliger. Scientific results will be explained and placed in context of what we know about the development of Canterbury Cathedral and its extensive medieval glazing schemes, revealing exciting possibilities for future analysis of medieval glass.

Dr Laura Ware Adlington is a materials scientist who specialises in the use of elemental analysis to study historic and archaeological materials, especially glass. She is currently a Technical Specialist for Strainoptics, in North Wales, USA. She completed her PhD in Archaeological Materials Science at the UCL Institute of Archaeology in 2019, after which she worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Orléans, France.

Irish Stained Glass: from An Túr Gloine to the present day - David Caron

Wednesday 13 October 2021, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)
Michael Healy, detail of Judith (1923), Bridge a Crinn, Co Louth  (c) David Caron

Michael Healy, detail of Judith (1923), Bridge a Crinn, Co Louth

Ireland has always been exceptional in its regard for stained glass, the art having been seen as central to the national cultural revival of the early twentieth century. - Peter Cormack, author of Arts & Crafts Stained Glass (Yale UP, 2015).

In this illustrated talk David Caron will shed light on Ireland’s celebrated stained glass, from the foundation of An Túr Gloine (The Glass Tower) studio in the early 20th century to contemporary artists working in the medium today. David’s talk will give an insight into the preparation of the new edition of the Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, June 2021). This publication is a significantly updated and expanded edition of the original 1988 gazetteer.

David Caron was born in Dublin and studied Visual Communication at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, to which he returned in due course as lecturer and was subsequently appointed as Head of Department. He was one of the three original compilers of the first edition of the Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass in 1988. David's PhD research at Trinity College Dublin focused on the stained glass artist Michael Healy and the artists of An Túr Gloine (Tower of Glass) studio. He has written articles on various aspects of Irish stained glass over the years, most often for the Irish Arts Review.

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