Stained glass exhibition at Wells Cathedral

May 30 2022
Stained glass exhibition at Wells Cathedral

AN exhibition of stained glass is being held at Wells Cathedral to celebrate the Centenary of the British Society of Master Glass Painters.

Current members of the society, founded in 1921, were asked to create a new exhibition panel measuring 30cm x 30cm on any theme of their choice.

More than 90 artists from across the UK and overseas contributed to the online exhibition. The touring exhibition highlights 60 panels that celebrate the unique art of glass. The works have been created using both traditional and modern glass techniques, demonstrating the extraordinary range of stained glass currently practised.

The artists explore a variety of subjects with a few recurring themes, such as the environment, the pandemic and the beauty of nature. The exhibition builds a fascinating insight into the concerns of glass artists 100 years after the society was established to help stained glass remain relevant.

The exhibition is being held in the East Cloister of Wells Cathedral and continues until June 13.

One of the panels

One of the panels

The British Society of Master Glass Painters is the UK’s leading organisation devoted exclusively to the art and craft of stained glass.

The current chairman of the organisation is Steve Clare, a Director of Holy Well Glass based in West Street, Wells. He set up the company in 1995, and is one of the foremost authorities on stained glass in the UK.