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

2018 Stevens First Prize winner Amy Johnson of Holy Well Glass receiving her award from Master Glazier Keith Barley

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 closing date for entries for the 2018 Competition has now passed, but the 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 both the competition and the site for 2018. The winning entries were announced on 24 May.


The briefs for 2016 and 2017 may also be viewed.

Work Placement Awards

Emily Yates, Ashton Hill Award recipient, studying glass painting with Jonathan Cooke .

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 closing date for applications in 2018 has now passed and the winners announced, but useful information for future applicants can be found using the following links:

Award for Excellence

Ashton Hill Awards

Details of the 2019 Awards will appear 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 future applicants may find the details  here useful.

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 closing date for entries for the 2018 competition has now passed and the winner, Julia Gonyou,  has been announced.  Julia’s roundel is shown on the left.  Details of any future competition will be announced here in due course.