The annual Stevens Architectural Glass Competition 2017 is open to students and glass artists who have completed their training within the last eight years and has been running since 1972.
The competition is named after Thomas Stevens, a former Master, who left £1,000 to the Company in 1971. The Stevens Competition was established the following year as a competition intended to embrace all forms of decorative glass.
Every year the competition focuses on a real location such as a public building, church, school, hospital or university.
Each autumn the Competition Brief and terms of entry are published on this website. The entries are judged by a panel of distinguished glass artists and designers. Subsequently all entries go on display; and feedback is provided by the Judges at a special seminar and prize-giving event where the winner is announced. As well as the prizes for the Stevens Competition, other special awards are presented for craftmanship and presentation endowed by John Corkill and by George and Evelyn Gee.
The owners of the competition site may, if they wish, commission one of the prize winners to complete and install his or her design. Not all competitions result in a commission, and the commissioned artist is not always the First Prize winner. Funding for commissions has in the past come from a variety of sources, including British Midland plc, Marks and Spencer plc, Birmingham Assay Office, UCH NHS Trust, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Charity of the Worshipful Company of Skinners, and a number of private individuals.
Results of the 2016 Stevens Architectural Glass Competition
The results of this year’s competition were announced at the annual Prizegiving held at Glaziers’ Hall on 31st May. Artists from stained glass studios took the top honours, with first prize being awarded to Sarah Knighton of Holywell Glass. Anne-Catherine Perreau from Barley Studios and Sofia Villamarin from Canterbury Cathedral came second and third.
Student artists featured strongly among those receiving Highly Commended awards, with David Light and Aaron O’Brien, both from University of Wales Trinity St David, and Jonathan Spiller from Tonbridge Adult Education all nominated. Sarah Knighton also won the Award for Presentation and Gemma Curtis from Holy Well Glass won the Award for Presentation.
This year’s competition required entrants to design a memorial window for the crew of the Titanic, to be installed in St Mary’s Church, Southampton. Some 550 from the area around the church perished in the 1912 disaster. The Rector of St Mary’s spoke at the prizegiving, drawing attention to the deprivation which the families of those lost suffered. and explaining that no memorial to the crew had ever been erected. This omission is in the process of being corrected and he thanked the Worshipful Company of Glaziers for their support and the competitors for preparing a wide range of high quality designs.
The photographs show Sarah Knighton and Anne-Catherine Perreau who received their awards from the Master of the Glaziers, Mr Duncan Gee.
The brief for the 2009 Competition at Churchill College, Cambridge is still available for reference.
For a list of commissions since 1993 click here
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