The Exceptional Art of Glass

Celebrating the fascinating material of glass, its industrial heritage, the skills and ingenuity of contemporary glass artists, and its place in our built environment.

A series of online talks (held via Zoom webinars) this spring to coincide with The Glass Heart exhibition at Two Temple Place, London, for which The Stained Glass Museum is a lending partner.
Tickets are £6.50/£5 Friends of SGM

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A spotlight on our glass heritage with National Glass Centre, Sunderland, St Helen’s World of Glass and Stourbridge Glass Museum

Wednesday 13 March, 7pm

Speakers include Julia Stephenson, Head of Art, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, Harrison Davies, Curator, Stourbridge Glass Museum and Peter Frost, Executive Director, St Helen’s World of Glass. Join us for the first of our online spring talks series to learn more about some of the museums and centres devoted to keeping this heritage alive through permanent glass collections and live demonstrations.

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The Art of Glassblowing with Ayako Tani and Christopher Day

Wednesday 20 March, 7pm

Join us for a fascinating discussion with two leading contemporary glass artists who will discuss the exceptional material of glass, and the art of glassblowing in contemporary practice.

Dr Ayako Tani is an internationally renowned glass artist who specialises in lampworking, a type of glasswork in which a torch or lamp is used to melt the glass before being blown and shaped with tools. Dr Ayako Tani works with borosilicate glass, and developed a practice of ‘calligraphic lampworking’, which embraces the amorphous character of glass.

Chris Day is a glass and ceramic artist whose works reflect multiple dimensions of identity and experience. His artwork is powerful and thought provoking. Day’s work is created in response to his own conflicting feelings of belonging as a man of mixed-race, which are compounded by the limited representation of diverse narratives by and of people of colour in art history and popular culture.

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Architectural Glass: The Supreme Art with Andrew Moor

Wednesday 27 March, 7pm
Tickets are £6.50/£5 Friends of SGM

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Andrew Moor is a Glass Art Consultant, Project Manager and Glass Designer. Since 1984, he has been involved with commissioning, project managing and designing works of art in glass. In this talk he will give an overview of Contemporary Stained Glass, showing how it has evolved over the last forty years. At a time when traditional stained glass has joined the Heritage Crafts list of endangered crafts in the UK, the extraordinary potential of coloured glass in contemporary architecture offers exciting opportunities.


Detail, Christopher Webb, St  Lawrence Jewry (C) Simon Knott  (c) Simon Knott

Detail, Christopher Webb, St Lawrence Jewry (C) Simon Knott

City of London Churches walking tour with Alexandra Epps

Tuesday 4 June 2024, 10.30am -3.30pm

£50 SGM Friends / £60 per person
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A day of guided walks exploring the wealth of stained glass within the historic churches of the unique square mile of the City of London. We will explore windows both old and modern created by a series of remarkable artists and craftsmen in a variety of styles. Discover unique stained glass stories of people, time and place.

Alexandra Epps is a qualified Guide to the City of London offering walks and talks about many aspects of the arts, an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society and official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the Guildhall Art Gallery. Alexandra's background is in design having practised as a graphic designer running her own design consultancy for many years. www.artcity.co.uk

Walking distances: All sites are less than half a mile from one another, so max. 5-10min walks in between sites.

Timings and further details
Meeting point: St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AA (nearest underground stations Bank, St Pauls). Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available from 10.30am. The tour will commence at 11am
Lunch: please note there will be a break for lunch 12.30-1.30pm. Lunch is not included but there are plenty of cafes and places to eat a packed lunch.
End point: we will finish in Cornhill by 3.30pm
Audio headsets will be used during this tour. Attendees are more than welcome to bring their own headphones/earbuds if they should wish to. Binoculars are also welcome.

 Harry Clarke, The Song of the Mad Prince (1917), National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin  (c) National Gallery of Ireland

Harry Clarke, The Song of the Mad Prince (1917), National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin


Sunday 14 - Wednesday 17 April 2024


Irish stained glass is renowned across the globe and this tour of Dublin will enable us to see some of the stained glass produced by leading Irish Arts and Crafts artists of the late 19th and early 20th century across including Harry Clarke, Wilhelmina Geddes, Evie Hone, Catherine O'Brien, and Michael Healy across the city. Visits will include St Catherine and St James’s Church, Donore Avenue, St Joseph’s Church, Terenure, Christ Church Cathedral, Chapel Royal and the National Gallery of Ireland, amongst others.

Registration will start at 5pm on Sunday 14 April 2024, followed by an introductory talk by Dr David Caron and group dinner. Site visits will take place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by coach, finishing at 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024.

You will be responsible for travelling to Dublin. Direct flights to Dublin Airport can be taken from most UK airports. UK citizens do not need a visa to enter Ireland but will need a valid photo passport. As this Study Tour is overseas you are strongly encouraged to take out your own insurance.

We will stay at The Bonnington Hotel & Leisure Centre, Whitehall, Dublin. A four-star hotel located 3km north of Dublin City Centre. The hotel is conveniently located on the main route to Dublin’s International Airport (6km) and has an on-site leisure centre. Please note that there is limited parking at the Hotel.

Our principal guides will be leading experts on Irish glass Dr David Caron (National College of Art & Design, Dublin), editor and principle author of the revised and expanded edition of Irish Gazetteer of the Gazetteer of Irish stained glass (2021) and a recent book on Michael Healy 1873-1941: An Túr Gloine’s stained glass pioneer (2023) with Stephen Huws (PhD Candidate, Trinity College Dublin), and others TBC.

Residential Prices (per person):
£590 Residential single occupancy (inc. three nights bed & breakfast & evening meals Sun-Tue)
£550 Residential double/twin occupancy (inc. three nights bed & breakfast & evening meals, Sun-Tue)

All prices include: three days guided visits by coach, new audio headsets, plus accommodation, breakfast and dinner for three nights, and a conference pack with site notes.

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Please note places are limited on this tour and deposits are due on booking

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