Ashton Hill Award

 

THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF GLAZIERS

AND PAINTERS OF GLASS

THE ASHTON HILL AWARD 2014

DESCRIPTION AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

There will be two Ashton Hill Awards awarded in 2014. This ten week work placement in a noted studio is open to a recent graduate, a promising trainee or other individual interested in broadening his or her experience in stained glass, with a view to making a career in this field. Preference will be given to those interested in stained glass conservation or glass painting. Students and practitioners from other conservation disciplines are invited to apply. Suitable candidates with an interest in a contemporary glass placement will be considered.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates must be resident or employed in the United Kingdom. While good basic hand skills and background knowledge are essential, glass conservation or painting experience is not considered as important as an active interest and commitment to the subject, and a willingness to learn.

THE AWARD

 Up to £250 per week is available to assist in meeting the cost of subsistence, travel and rent during the ten week placement. Receipts must be submitted.

ORGANIZATION

The Company will arrange a ten week placement at a mutually convenient time with a noted conservation studio, or contemporary glass studio as appropriate. Following initial selection by the Company a further interview may be required with the studio director before the placement is confirmed. Arrangements may vary respective to the awardee's previous experience. The award winner will be required to present proof of acceptable blood lead levels before entering a studio placement.

REPORTS

The award winner will be expected to provide an illustrated report of at least thirty A4 pages on the placement for the Glaziers Company and for his/her own records. The Company will also request a report from the host studio.

HOW TO ENTER

Candidates must submit a CV, together with a note on glass work or conservation work already completed (with illustrations) and an indication of their future aspirations in the craft. Information must also be provided on the accompanying 'Training program' (overleaf). These documents must be accompanied by a confidential report on the quality of the candidate's work and potential from his/her course tutor or an established stained glass artist or conservator. Entries should be sent to The Clerk, The Glaziers Company, Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, LONDON, SE1 9DD, or email to awards@worshipfulglaziers.com not later than Friday 21 March 2014.

 

The application must be clearly marked “ASHTON HILL APPLICATION 2014” and must not be tucked into Stephens Competition application items. Applications for Ashton Hill award can however be combined with those for the Award for Excellence.

Click here for Application Form

 

ADJUDICATION

A short list will be drawn up from the entries received and short-listed candidates will be asked to attend for interview at Glaziers Hall on Tuesday 15 April 2014  between 11 am and 5 pm. They should bring with them a portfolio of images of their work and an example of their own stained glass or other practical work. Reasonable travelling expenses will be paid. The award winner will be invited to attend the annual Prize Giving on Tuesday 6 May 2014. More information on http://www.worshipfulglaziers.com or from Awards Co-Ordinator's e-mail awards@worshipfulglaziers.com  

The aim of all the Glaziers’ Company’s Awards is to raise standards of work within the craft, particularly in the U.K., by offering additional training to enhance the skills of a potential worker. Applications are invited from individuals within five years of completion of their training who are intending to undertake a long term career in stained glass, preferably within the U.K. The decisions of the interviewing panels are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding them.

 


 

Click here for a list of past Ashton Hill Award winners.

Alison Gilchrist cleaning a panel at Barley Studio. Photo courtesy of Barley Studio 

“I spent the ten weeks of my Ashton Hill Award placement at Barley Studio near York. Barley Studio is a commercial stained glass studio involved in both conservation and in producing new work.  I was involved in a wide variety of projects and activities during my placement, including cleaning, edge bonding, restoration painting, framing, photography and fitting.  I experienced work both in the studio and on site, and learned a great deal while developing my skills and confidence in stained glass work.” Alison Gilchrist (Ashton Hill Award 2008-9)

The aim of all the Glaziers’ Company’s Awards is to raise standards of work within the craft, particularly in the U.K., by offering additional learning experiences to enhance the skills of a potential worker.  Applications are invited from individuals within five years of completion of their training who are intending to undertake a long term career in stained glass, preferably within the U.K. 

Two Ashton Hill Awards have been given for 2011-12.  Congratulations to Muna Zuberi and Laura Atkinson. Both will begin their Award placements by attending Jonathan Cooke's master glass painting class. Subsequently Muna will be hosted by Barley Studios and Laura by Salisbury Cathedral Stained Glass.