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The British Society of Master Glass Painters is fortunate to attract many eminent speakers on stained and architectural glass from amongst its UK and international membership and beyond. Subjects range from modern to mediaeval, brought to life by the enthusiasm and expertise of historians, conservators and contemporary practitioners.

Organizer: Helen Robinson - general enquiries to publicity or telephone 01582 764834

Lecture bookings: Sue Shaughnessy - ticket enquiries to lectures or telephone 0790 907 0739 


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Friday 7 October 6.15pm for 6.45pm start

Venue: The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

Ann Sotheran - 'Stammers and Harvey - Modern Glass Painters of York'

Stained glass artists Harry Stammers and Harry Harvey both learned their craft before the Second World War, working then in what was to all intents and purposes a style virtually unchanged since the heyday of Victorian and Edwardian stained glass. This illustrated talk looks at the work of both men from the time they came to York in 1947 until the ends of each career. 

It could be argued that the work of neither man was particularly avant-garde, working as they did in the narrative, figurative tradition (that is to say recognisable figures doing recognisable things). However, within those constraints the designs sometimes push to the boundaries of abstraction and have on one occasion been described as wildly expressionistic. Their work is powerful and compelling and well worth closer scrutiny. The quality of the drawing, the exuberant use of colour in some schemes and the restraint in others, the ability to switch effortlessly from large scale to small and the total command of the medium can only win the admiration of the viewer.
Taken in chronological order the lecture looks first at the work of Harry Stammers, then Harry Harvey so that it is possible to appreciate the developments in style and elaboration of techniques employed by both artists during the course of producing truly impressive bodies of work.

The image shows a detail from a window by Harry Stammers (1958) in Lincoln Cathedral

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Friday 13 January 2017 – reception 6.30pm

Venue: The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

In aid of the Artists General Benevolent Fund

Steve Clare FMGP - ' A Life on the Boards- Stained Glass Stand-up’

The biennial New Year Dinner is primarily a social occasion but always enlivened with a light hearted lecture or similar entertainment and a raffle, all proceeds being donated to the Artists General Benevolent Fund.

This year Steve Clare, a Fellow of the Society, takes us on a journey through the funnier side of stained glass in the workshop and on site. We have all worked with 'characters' over the years, and Steve has had more than his fair share........... Aliases will be used and some details redacted for the sake of propriety!

Do try to come along and join what promises to be a frivolous romp through our small but crazy world and all in a good cause. The organisers would like to point out that the choice of Friday 13th for this event is a (hopefully), happy accident!

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  • Oksana Kondratyeva 'New light on Ukrainian Stained glass'
  • Discussion Day ‘Stained Glass in Contemporary Culture - exploring creative partnerships to generate and sustain new work'.  Speakers: Andrew Moor, Sasha Ward, Teepee Glass, and Helga Reay-Young

  • Frédéric Pivet - ‘Stained Glass Windows of the Sainte Chapelle in Paris’


  • Leonie Seliger ACR - ‘Into the 21st century – Canterbury Cathedral’s post -Victorian stained glass’
  • Discussion Day with Caroline Swash ' Stained Glass in London'
  • Peter Cormack MBE FSA Hon FMGP – ‘Exploring Arts & Crafts Stained Glass: a 40-year Adventure in Light and Colour’
  • Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe Hon FMGP– ‘Behind the Mask: stained glass in the art and life of Wilhelmina Geddes (1887-1955)


  • Judith Schaechter - 'Nothing Personal'
  • Steve Clare ACR FMGP 'An under-appreciated masterpiece: conservation of the great Jesse Tree window in Wells cathedral'
  • Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe Hon FMGP - 'Harry Clarke (1889-1931): inimitable modern-medieval Symbolist'


  • Alan Brooks - 'Francis Spear - A Student of Art and Symbolism'
  • Discussion Day - 'Challenges in contemporary glass practice and a meeting with English Antique Glass (EAG)'
  • Amber Hiscott -  ‘Paint, Paper, Glass................’
  • Michael Peover & Elise Learner - ‘The renewal of the painted glass at Strawberry Hill’


  • Keith Barley FMGP - ‘Perhaps the finest specimens of pictorial glass-painting in the world’: the Herkenrode windows of Lichfield Cathedral’
  • Discussion Day - ‘Issues in professional practice and a discussion with Lamberts Glass’
  • ‘Swansea’s best kept secret’ – a presentation by the staff from the Swansea School of Glass, Swansea Metropolitan University.
  • Dr Douglas E Schoenherr - 'Two Burne-Jones Manuscripts: The Account Books and The Cartoon Book'
  • Peter Cormack - 'A Stained Glass Family Album: the life of Christopher Whall and his Circle in photographs'


  • Anna Eavis - 'An 18th-century recusant's collection; the windows of Milton Chapel, Oxfordshire'
  • Chris Chesney - 'The wonderful worlds of Photoshop and Coral Draw'
  • Pippa Martin - 'Lawrence Lee: master stained glass artist of the twentieth century'
  • Mark Angus - 'Between Heavens: angels' journeys in glass'


  • Jo Nuttgens - 'A Working Argument: How I survived my father and became a stained glass artist'
  • Glyn Davies - 'Leading and Light Boxes; Conserving the stained glass in the V&A's medieval and rennaissance galleries'
  • Tom Denny - 'Recent windows in extraordinary buildings'


  • Roy Albutt - 'The Bromsgrove Guild'
  • Andrew Rudebeck - 'On the trail of John Thornton'
  • Leifur Breidfjord 'New Work'


  • David King - 'Personalities, Politics and Plays': The stained Glass of east Harling Church, Norfolk
  • Ellen Mandelbaum - 'Light Listened', a review of the work of this contemporary glass artist.
  • Geoffrey Robinson FMGP - 'Windows into the life of a Stained Glazier'


  • Kate Baden Fuller - 'Contemporary stained glass artists and how to write a book about them'
  • Sarah Brown MA FSA Hon FMGP - The Judge, the traitor, his wife and her lover - the medieval glass of Tewkesbury Abbey'
  • Doris Rollinson, Andrew Taylor and Caroline Swash '- 'Fifty Years of Glass - amongst other things'. A celebration of the life and work of John Hayward FMGP'


  • Tim Lewis – 'The importance of the teacher in stained glass'
  • Ginger Ferrell – 'A new bag of tricks': the use of kiln formed glass in new work
  • Dr David O'Connor – 'Mediaeval stained glass in Scandinavia: Gotland's gothic glass'
  • Tony Benyon, Peter Cormack FSA and the Rt Revd Graeme Knowles AKC, MLC – 'Alan Younger, focus on an artist's life: three perspectives'
  • Peter Gibson - 'The Christmas Story in Stained Glass'



  • Dr Michael Peover - 'Sleeping Beauty : unseen stained glass at the Soane Museum'
  • Linda Lichtman – ‘Little and large: keeping the personal in public commissions'
  • Ruth Taylor Jacobson – ‘Marc Chagall’


  • Dr Tim Ayers FSA – ‘Glazing the English Medieval cathedral:the East End of Wells c1320-1340’
  • Graham Jones – his work in stained glass
  • Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe – ‘The most exacting of masters, the most ruthless scrapper of imperfect heads: the art of Wilhelmina Geddes 1887–1955’

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