One of our priorities is to encourage undergraduates and new artists and craftspeople to develop their careers in architectural glass design, historic glass conservation and excellence in craftsmanship. We encourage the highest technical standards and creative attainment in architectural glass art. We do this through our Awards and Prizes including the prestigious annual Stevens Architectural Glass Artist of the Year Competition. A number of distinguished professional glass artists and conservators generously give their time to support our work, along with members of the Glaziers’ Company.
For over 50 years the Glaziers’ Company has run the Stevens Competition to provide a unique opportunity for aspiring architectural glass designers and craftsmen in order to showcase their talent. Entrants are asked to create a design, and if they wish, to fabricate a sample panel to illustrate their design. Entries are judged by a panel of experts and a range of valuable cash prizes is available. The Competition brief is based on a real-live commission and for one contestant a commission to fabricate and install their design could result. All entrants are given the choice of having their work exhibited to the public at the Stained Glass Museum at Ely; the home of the national stained glass collection.
The 2024 competition has now been announced. For details please visit this page.
Work Placement Awards
The 30-week Lever Award and the 15-week Ashton Hill Awards offer new and emerging architectural glass artists the chance to develop their practical skills for a career in stained glass. Successful candidates are offered funded placements in studios where they will gain mentored work experience from professional artists and conservators.