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Celebrating over 40 Years of Excellence in Stained Glass

The Barley Studio team, led by Directors Keith Barley and Helen Whittaker, share their news on the studio’s activities.

Also, please click on to Keith’s blog of events and experiences as Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass 2017-18 (and previously Upper Warden to Master Alderman Sir David Wootton 2016-17).

New heraldic glazing scheme for Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, April 2018

The Shelbourne Dublin Hotel has recently completed a multimillion-euro refurbishment project, led by designer Guy Oliver, principal designer and owner of London-based Oliver Laws. The Barley Studio team of artists and craftspeople were invited to create new heraldic windows for the Grand Staircase, producing approximately 43 sq.m. of glazing over the six-month project. The windows were personally delivered to the hotel by Managing Director Keith Barley in April 2018.

The Grand Staircase is the star feature of the hotel, and Guy Oliver wanted to redesign and redecorate that space in the manner of important buildings of the same period. The four tiers of windows on the Grand Staircase feature the crests of each of the 32 counties of Ireland, with each tier representing a province - Ulster, Connacht, Leinster and Munster.

ICON Stained Glass Group Conference, 8 May 2018

Keith Barley and Alison Gilchrist will give the keynote lecture at this year's ICON Stained Glass Group Conference, to be held at Glaziers Hall, London on 8 May. The theme of the conference is collaboration, and Keith and Alison will speak about Barley Studio's reconstruction of two 'Charity' windows after Reynolds: for the Soane Museum, London, and a private villa in Hamburg.

Reception to celebrate the career and mark the retirement of Matthew Saunders MBE, 19 March 2018

Keith and Helen were delighted to be invited to the reception at Skinners' Hall celebrating the career and retirement of Matthew Saunders MBE, Director of the Friends of Friendless Churches and the Ancient Monuments Society’s Ecclesiastical Caseworker. Matthew is the author of 'Saving Churches: Friends of Friendless Churches: The First 50 Years', a extraordinary book cataloging the wealth of historic churches throughout England and Wales, and editor of the newsletter published in partnership with the Friends of Friendless Churches. On a personal note, the Friends of Friendless Churches were instrumental in helping to secure funding through the Cottam Will Trust for the commission of the 'Tree of Jesse' stained glass window at St Mary's Church, Abergavenny, Wales designed by Helen Whittaker and unveiled by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2016.

Completing work at Wakefield Cathedral March 2018

The Barley Studio team are finishing a year’s worth of conservation and protection work of the Kempe, Hardman and Barnett stained glass at Wakefield Cathedral. We enjoyed this detail from an 1886 Kempe window depicting Jacob blessing Ephraim and Manasseh which amusingly gives Manasseh two right feet! Unfortunate accident or deliberate mistake?

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