Competitions and Awards

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.

Stevens Competition

2019 First Prize Winner James Cockerill

Every year we organise the Stevens Competition for Architectural Glass Design. This is the leading competition of its kind.  It attracts entries from students and emerging artists nationally and internationally.  Entries are assessed by a panel of distinguished judges pre-eminent in their field. In recent years the competition has attracted several sponsors who have commissioned work of their choice from among the prize-winning entries. Sponsored commissions have launched the careers of several talented glass artists. The prize-winners in the 2019 competition were announced on 30 May.  Details of the 2020 competition can be found here.

Work Placement Awards

The 40-week Award for Excellence and the 10-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. The winners for 2019 have now been announced.  Details of the 2020 Awards will be announced here in due course.

Travelling Scholarship (awarded every two years)

The Arthur and Helen Davis Travelling Scholarship allows the winner to develop their study and knowledge of glass through travel. Recent winners have visited the USA, France, Germany, Iceland and the Czech Republic. The closing date for applications in 2018 has now passed and the winner announced, but applicants for the 2020 award may find the details  here useful.  The deadline for applications will be announced during 2019.   Recent award winners include Anne-Catherine Perreau (2018) who took the opportunity to research Jean Cousin: sanguine and carnation glass pigment from the point of view of a glass painter, in Paris, Tours, Lisbon, Antwerp, Cologne, Ely and London.  In 2016 Oksana Kondratyeva carried out research on Secession stained glass in Lviv, Ukraine and the stained glass iconostasis in Kharkiv, Ukraine; and on the Arts and Craft heritage of the Königliche Bayerische Glasmalerei in Germany.  In 2012 Ray Taylor studied architectural glass type and glass surface decoration in England, Germany, the Netherlands and France.

Reflections of the Lord Mayor

A competition for professional glass artists to design and create a stained glass roundel for former Lord Mayors of the City of London, presented at the Reflections of the Lord Mayor Gala Dinner

The winner of the 2019 Competition, Alisoun Howie, has been announced.  Alisoun’s roundel design is shown on the left.  Details of the 2020 competition will be announced here in due course.