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

2017 Stevens Competition winner Sienna Shaw (Sunderland University)

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 2018 Competition Brief, to design two windows for the Dance Studio at Eastbourne College, can be found here (PDF document). The following short video gives more background to the competition.

Aspiring entrants may also find it helpful to look at the briefs for 2016 and 2017.

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. Application and other details can be found using the following links:

Award for Excellence

Ashton Hill Awards

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. More details and how to apply can be found here.

Reflections of the Lord Mayor

2017 winner Jayne Ford, with Chris Seow and ex-Lord Mayor Sir Roger Gifford

A competition for professional glass artists to design and create a stained glass roundel for the 688th Lord Mayor of the City of London.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday 7 February 2018. Click here for details.