THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF GLAZIERS
AND PAINTERS OF GLASS
THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE 2014
DESCRIPTION AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
This is a forty-week enhanced work experience program for a graduate from a stained glass course, open also to applicants from courses in further education and those who have undertaken long term training in a studio. The award usually runs from September to June. The program is tailored to the needs and interests of the award winner, and offers the opportunity for further training in a variety of studios, under the guidance of experienced professional designer/makers, top level craftsmen and conservators. The award emphasizes the development of practical skills in a working environment. Placements with European studios are usually included.
Reports: The award winner is expected to maintain a record of work throughout the 40 weeks of placements. A report is required for each period. Part One is due in January, Part Two at Easter, and Part Three in July. The organizers regard this as an important record of progress, useful both for the award winner and for the Glaziers Company. Reports will also be requested from the host studios.
Organization: A representative of the Company will assist the award winner with the planning of placements, accommodation, day visits etc., and will monitor progress. The award winner will be required to present proof of acceptable blood lead levels before entering a studio placement.
Funding: Up to £250 per week is provided to assist with subsistence, rent and travel costs for the 40 week duration of the award. Receipts must be submitted. In addition the Company will pay the award winner’s subscription to the British Society of Master Glass Painters for one year. Award winners are encouraged to attend lectures organized by the BSMGP and the Glaziers Company.
HOW TO ENTER: Candidates should submit a C.V., a note on work already completed (with illustrations) and an indication of their future aspirations in the craft. Information should 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 the course tutor at the college attended or from an established stained glass artist. Entries should be sent to the Clerk, The Glaziers Company, Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, LONDON SE1 9DD not later than Friday 21 March 2014.
The application must be clearly marked “AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE APPLICATION 2014” and must not be tucked into Stephens Competition application items. Applications for the Award for Excellence can however be combined with those for the Ashton Hill Aw
ADJUDICATION: From the entries submitted, short-listed candidates will be asked to attend for interview at Glaziers Hall on Tuesday 15th April 2014 between 11am and 5pm. They should bring with them a portfolio of images of their work and an example of their own stained glass work. Reasonable travelling expenses will be paid. The award winner will be invited to attend the Company’s annual Prize Giving on Tuesday 6 May 2014.
Further information on our competitions and awards can be found on http://www.worshipfulglaziers.com Clerk’s e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 panel are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding them.
Click here for a list of previous winners of the Award for Excellence.
Michelle Dawson working on Patrick Reyntiens' glass for Taunton
at John Reyntiens' Urban Glass Works.
Photo courtesy of Michelle Dawson.
“The Award for Excellence 2008-2009 has given me the opportunity to work in stained glass studios across Britain and Germany. The forty weeks of placements have been inspirational. Meeting and working with craftspeople and artists has allowed me to develop technical skills, gain experience in conservation and develop my own design work. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and am looking forward to developing my career in glass.” Michelle Dawson (Award for Excellence 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.
Congratulations go to Eleanor Leahy for winning the Award for Excellence 2012-2013. Eleanor has begun her work placement period with Jonathan Cooke's glass painting class and a placement at Salisbury Cathedral Stained Glass studios. She will also be placed at Holy Well Glass, Cathedral Studios in Canterbury , Barley Studios in York and various distinguished German studios. Thanks go to the studios for hosting her.