Award winning artist Helen Whittaker MA FMGP creates eye-catching and engaging artwork in a variety of styles: Figurative, Abstract and Sculptural. She works in partnership with the client, drawing inspiration from the brief, the building and the setting.

Helen has 25 years of experience in stained glass creation and restoration painting and has completed at least 100 commissions. She is Creative Director at the highly acclaimed Barley Studio, where all work is carried out in-house in the purpose-built Studio in York. Her commissions can be seen in prestigious buildings across the UK, including Westminster Abbey (translating into glass designs by David Hockney RA in 2018 and Hughie O’Donoghue RA in 2013); the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, York; St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny; the RAF Club, London; All Saints Church, Pavement, York (supported by the York Press Afghanistan Appeal); Glaziers Hall, London; Ely Cathedral; Reed’s School, Surrey; St Mary’s Church, Sheffield (supported by the Arts Council); York District Hospital; Southwell Minster and Beverley Minster (supported by the Friends of Beverley Minster).

Installing Helen's new window at All Saints Church, Pavement, York. Image courtesy David Harrison.

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Helen’s design for the memorial window in our church emerged the winner after a rigorous competition. The new five light window now installed exceeds our expectations. The design is based on a thorough understanding of the Jesse story brought vividly to life by Helen’s artistry. The overall impression seen at a distance draws you in to examine the intricate details that retell the Jesse story. This new window is highly acclaimed by all and is seen as the most important stained glass creation in Wales since the war.

Helen worked tirelessly on the project with the support of the Barley Studio team, making sure throughout that we were kept up to date with progress. The completion of such a significant project on time was a magnificent achievement, and demonstrates the professionalism and commitment that mark Helen out as an exceptional artist.

Sir Robert Hayman-Joyce, Project Director, St Mary’s Winston Appeal, Abergavenny

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