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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 Upper Warden to Master Alderman Sir David Wootton 2016-17 and then Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass 2017-18.

Glaziers Wall-Hanging at Heritage Skills Festival 23-24 June 2017

Helen Whittaker's Wall-hanging Views from the Thames, created for Glaziers Hall in London, will be on show at the Heritage Skills Festival to be held at Lincoln Cathedral. This 2-day event, held in conjunction with the City of London Livery Companies, will celebrate traditional crafts and skills essential to the preservation of the Cathedral and other ancient buildings as well as keeping heritage and skills alive. Read more...

Stow Minster West Window Restored June 2017

Barley Studio have completed the restoration of the West window of Stow Minster, which was badly damaged when it was blown out by a storm in January 2014. Many hundreds of fragments were carefully examined and pieced together before the original design was restored. The circular window, 8 feet in diameter and probably by Kayll & Co of Leeds, was originally dedicated to "Joseph Haydn Skelton (late of Stow Park) who died 15 December 1922."

New window for Cartmel Fell

Helen Whittaker and Barley Studio have created a new window and font cover for the Baptistery of St Anthony's Church, Cartmel Fell, Cumbria. Helen's simple design and golden colours respect the historic interior and fine 'golden age' fifteenth-century East window of this beautiful jewel of a church. Download the project pdf...

Success in Stevens Competition 2017

Congratulations to Anne-Catherine Perreau, who achieved a 'Highly Commended' award in the Stevens Competition, run by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, for her design for 3 windows for the Royal Automobile Club in London. Congratulations also to Anne-Catherine on winning her first independent commission as a newly self-employed artist.

Stevens Competition 2017 Prizegiving Ceremony 25 May 2017

Our Creative Director Helen Whittaker is Chairman of the Judges for the Stevens Competition 2017, run by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers. The awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony at Glaziers Hall in London on 25 May 2017, including a planned lecture from guest Lucinda Lambton. The Stevens Competition provides an amazing opportunity for artists to get that important first commission. Helen was really pleased to work with fellow professionals on the judging panel: Martin Donlin, Mel Howse, Jane Ross, Piers Brendon (author of the History of the Royal Automobile Club) and Derek Hunt. Thanks also to Liveryman Michael Holman for heading the Competition process.

Work begins at Wakefield Cathedral May 2017

Barley Studio have started work on a major project to conserve the south nave aisle windows and the great West window of Wakefield Cathedral. The series of windows by CE Kempe and Hardman form part of an exceptional collection of nineteenth-century stained glass at Wakefield. Our environmental protection will help to preserve their fading paintwork. Read more from the Dean and Architect of Wakefield Cathedral...

Reflections of the Lord Mayor 17 May 2017

Helen Whittaker was delighted to be part of the judging panel for the stained glass roundel competition, celebrating the Reflections of the Lord Mayor, alongside Alderman Sir David Wootton and event organiser Chris Seow. The winning roundel will be presented to Alderman Sir Roger Gifford at a Gala Dinner at Painters Hall on 17 May 2017. More information about ROTLM and this event is available here:

Stained Glass Workshop at Barley Studio 13-14 May 2017

Barley Studio were pleased to host a two-day workshop for members of the parish of St Leonard’s Church, Thornton le Street, as part of a community project. Attendees created diamond quarries containing imagery with particular meaning for the church and community. Several will be incorporated into a window for the church, while each attendee also created their own stained glass piece as a keepsake.

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