Celebrating 50 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.

New stained glass and sculpture for Ampleforth Abbey December 2023

Helen's latest commission has been installed in the offices of Ampleforth Abbey. The artwork uses a variety of glass techniques in combination with copper and brass sculptural elements accentuating the leadwork.
The focal point of the design is the motto 'PAX [peace] amidst the thorns', surrounded by a circle of thorns. The thorns radiate outwards to form the stems of the plant Paliurus spina Christi, believed to be the origin of Christ's crown of thorns. Lettering by Tracey Sheppard FGE.

Glaziers Installation Dinner 30 November 2023

Barley Studio are delighted that their Creative Director Helen Whittaker has been made Senior Assistant to the Worshipful Company of Glaziers. Pending election Helen will become Master of the Company in 2026. Helen is pictured with the new Deputy Master David Stringer-Lamarre at the Installation Dinner for the new Master, Clive Osborne, held at Glaziers Hall on 30 November 2023.

Article in Context magazine, September 2023

Barley Studio's accredited conservator Alison Gilchrist was pleased to contribute an article on Environmental Protective Glazing for a special issue of Context magazine, the Journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. In this issue 'Working with Glass' Alison shares her wealth of knowledge and experience of this important intervention, pioneered in the UK by Barley Studio and used across the country to protect our fragile heritage.
Read the article here...

New window dedication 24 September 2023

Helen and Keith were pleased to attend the dedication of Helen's recent stained glass windows for All Saints Church, Wetheringsett cum Brockford, Suffolk. The service was led by the Right Reverend Dr Mike Harrison, Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich.
The 'Axis Mundi' windows invite exploration of the personal voyage through life and beyond, inspired by Walt Whitman: "Now Voyager sail thou forth to seek and find".

New film about Lily Chapel featuring stained glass by Helen Whittaker

Thanks to Jar Concengo for sharing this beautiful film about the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel in Filinvest City, Alabang. Designed by Japan-based architects Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, the chapel is based on the form of a lily flower and features stunning stained glass windows designed by our Creative Director Helen Whittaker. This is the largest stained glass installation in the Philippines, with each window spanning 20 metres high and measuring a total of 180 square metres.

You can read more about the Chapel and its designers in Jar's article for BluPrint magazine.

New artwork for Macau International Art Biennale July 2023

Helen’s new artwork for the London Pavilion of "Art Macau: Macau International Art Biennale 2023", titled “God does not play dice with the universe”, uses the blueprint of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, to represent the heritage and traditions of city life. This is juxtaposed with representations of the gaming industry, dice and a roulette wheel, showing how people are moving away from traditional religion towards new beliefs of luck, chance and destiny. The artwork is created from two pieces of flashed glass, which are etched, painted and stained.
Helen is one of only three UK artists invited to take part in “Art Macau”, which runs from 27th July until 10th October 2023.

New window dedication 18 June 2023

Helen and Keith were pleased to attend the dedication of Helen's new window at St Helen's Church, Lea, Gainsborough, on Sunday 18th June. The service was led by The Archdeacon of Boston, The Venerable Justine Allain-Chapman, and The Reverend Canon Phillip Wain.

This new window is in memory of the Marshall family, of Marshall, Sons and Co of Gainsborough. Marshall's produced large numbers of steam traction engines, steam rollers and agricultural machinery of all types.

Barley Studio featured in The Times, 29 May 2023

We were pleased to welcome James Glossop from The Times to Barley Studio, who took this great picture of the team working on a stained glass window from Salford Cathedral. The glass is by the Hardman Company of Birmingham and dates to the 1850s.

Barley Studio are installing Environmental Protective Glazing to these windows to prevent further deterioration, as part of our major project to conserve and protect all of the windows in the Cathedral. The team are pleased to be part of the 'Restoring the Glory' project which aims to revive the iconic splendour of this church whilst making it the most sustainable cathedral in the country.

Conservation complete at All Saints North Street, February 2023

The Barley Studio team have completed their conservation and protection of all twelve wonderful medieval stained glass windows at All Saints North Street Church, York. The windows date to the 14th and 15th centuries, and comprise some of the finest medieval glass in the country.

The West window in the bell tower was the final window to be reinstated, with the benefit of environmental protective glazing to help preserve this wonderful scheme for generations to come.

The completion of this major conservation project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will be celebrated with events in September.

New windows for ‘Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel’, Philippines, December 2022

The new 'Our Lady of Lourdes' Chapel in Filinvest City, Alabang, Philippines is now open, complete with six towering stained glass windows designed by our Creative Director Helen Whittaker. The stunning chapel, inspired by the form of a lily flower, was designed by Japan based architect Hiroshi Nakamura, and the windows were constructed and installed by Kraut Art Glass, Philippines, using glass supplied by Lamberts, Germany. This great international collaboration between the Philippines, Japan and UK was commissioned by Filinvest, Philippines.

Salford Cathedral ‘Restoring the Glory’ begins November 2022

Salford Cathedral's multi-million-pound restoration project aims to revive the iconic splendour of their church whilst making it the most sustainable cathedral in the country. Barley Studio are pleased to be working with Purcell architects and construction specialists Simpsons of York on this flagship project. Over the next two years we will be conserving, restoring and protecting every window in Salford Cathedral.

Work complete at All Saints Church, Fleet, October 2022

All Saints Church, Fleet, Hampshire was built by the great Victorian architect William Burges in 1861-2. In June 2015 it was almost destroyed in an arson attack which badly damaged the roof and much of the interior. Barley Studio are proud to have been part of the extensive restoration project led by Acanthus Clews Architects, working with Buxton Building Contractors to bring this church back to its former glory.

Work complete at Selby Abbey, September 2022

The Barley Studio team have now completed work on the South Nave of Selby Abbey, part of their major restoration project working with Bullen Conservation. We have completed twelve new quarry windows for the clerestory and restored five of the six aisle windows. These include three stained glass windows by the Hardman Company of Birmingham, a major company of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Summer School at Wentworth Woodhouse August 2022

Barley Studio's Hamish Ogston Trainee, Chris Stevenson, enjoyed a month of Summer School activities at Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham. Chris had the opportunity to explore many different areas of built heritage restoration, with practical workshops on stonemasonry, lime plastering and mud plastering as well as the chance to work on some of the historic buildings at Wentworth. He was working alongside fellow heritage craft trainees supported though the Hamish Ogston Foundation Heritage Building Skills Programme, run in partnership with Historic England. Barley Studio are delighted to support this great initiative, which offers a boost for our neglected heritage craft skills.

Restoration complete at St Nicholas, Compton July 2022

This delightful early medieval medallion depicting the Virgin and Child has been brought back to life and protected for future generations to enjoy. The heavily corroded glass dates back to the thirteenth century, with the flesh colours particularly deteriorated causing the loss of key details such as faces and hands. Our talented artists and craftspeople have recreated the detail from physical and historical evidence, introducing painted plates to restore the imagery. Importantly, the medallion is now mounted in front of the plain glazing to provide environmental protection. Thank you to Compton PCC and architect John Bailey for giving us the opportunity to work on this small but highly prized piece.

Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust at Hovingham Church, 6 May 2022

Helen was pleased to lead a guided tour at All Saints Church, Hovingham, alongside archaeologist Kate Giles and Sir William Worsley. Helen described the stained glass of the church, including her own window installed in 2020 and several by renowned York artist Harry Stammers. Helen's window continues the line of memorial windows to the Worsley family, depicting a great oak tree signifying the longevity and continuity of the family tree.

ICON training placement at Barley Studio

Adelheid Hansen has completed her six-month training placement at Barley Studio. Adelheid already had extensive training and skills in ceramics and glass conservation, and was looking to develop her knowledge of stained glass. She has enjoyed working with our team in conserving and protecting the exceptional collection of medieval stained glass at All Saints North Street Church in York, as well as other projects in the studio. We are grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for supporting our work at North Street, and to Icon, the Institute of Conservation, for managing the internship.

Thinking About… Stained Glass for Southwark Schools’ Learning Partnership, January 2022

Barley Studio's Creative Director Helen Whittaker was pleased to be invited to contribute a webinar to the Southwark Schools' Learning Partnership "Thinking About..." series. The "Thinking About…" webinars are a joint project between Dulwich College and the SSLP, with weekly guest speakers Thinking About a wide variety of topics.

Helen's talk was supported by the 'Glaziers Education Partnership', an initiative set up by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers to share our wonderful art and craft with a young and diverse audience.

Conservation work continues at All Saints North Street, January 2022

The Barley Studio team have completed Phase 2 of our works at All Saints North Street with the reinstallation of the famous 'Pricke of Conscience' window following conservation and restoration of its unique iconography and inscriptions. The window depicts the last fifteen days of the world, captioned in Middle English rhyming couplets, with the Last Judgement in the tracery panels above.

All three medieval windows in the Lady Chapel have now been conserved and reinstalled with environmental protective glazing to help to preserve them for future generations to enjoy. Thanks to Duncan at Ravage Productions for the great photo!

New stained glass window for St Helen’s Church, Lea, December 2021

Helen's new stained glass window in memory of the Marshall family has been installed at St Helen's Church, Lea, Gainsborough.

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me" John 12:32].

Marshall, Sons and Co of Gainsborough produced large numbers of steam traction engines, steam rollers and agricultural machinery of all types. Helen's design links the traction engine, celebrating the achievements of the Marshall firm, with St Helen, the dedicatee of the chosen site for this memorial.

York Civic Party visit 3 November 2021

The team at Barley Studio were pleased to welcome the York Civic Party on 3 November 2021 to learn about the amazing art and craft of stained glass. Projects seen in progress were our conservation work for All Saints North Street, York and All Saints Church, Fleet, and a new commission for St Helen’s Church, Lea.

Our thanks to the Lord Mayor of York, Reverend Councillor Chris Cullwick, Lady Mayoress Joy Cullwick, Sheriff of York Councillor Ashley Mason, Sheriff’s Lady Danielle Mason and Undersherriff Andrew Digwood for their time and interest. Keith and Helen were pleased to present the party with copies of ‘Crafted in Britain’, in which Barley Studio are featured.

Nigel Williams Prize October 2021

Barley Studio were delighted to be awarded 'Runner Up' in the Nigel Williams Prize for our conservation-restoration of the Collins 'Charity' window for a private client in Hamburg. The prize was awarded during the two-day online Ceramics, Glass and Stained Glass Conference 'Fragmented Stories', 16-17 October 2021.

The biennial Nigel Williams Prize was created in collaboration between Nigel Williams’ family and the Institute of Conservation's Ceramics & Glass Group. It serves both as a memorial to Nigel’s work and to encourage continuing high standards at all levels within the profession.

Conservation complete at Headcorn Church, July 2021

Barley Studio are pleased to have completed conservation and protection works to four beautiful stained glass windows in the North Aisle of the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Headcorn, Kent. Interestingly the windows retain medieval glass in the heads and tracery lights along with medieval ferramenta, while the main lights have either clear glazing or stained glass dating to the turn of the twentieth century.

Dedication of the York Normandy Veterans window by Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, 6 June 2021

77 years to the day from the D-Day landings, the three surviving York Normandy Veterans, Ken Cooke (95, 7th Battalion The Green Howards), Sid Metcalfe (97, 3rd Reconnaissance Corps) and Douglas Petty (97, 429 Squadron, RAF Leeming) attended the dedication of their commemorative window in St Lawrence’s Church, York. During a moving service, and undeterred by COVID restrictions, the Archbishop unusually blessed the window from the exterior of the church. Read more about the window here...

Internship opportunity at Barley Studio: apply by 18 July 2021

Applications now open! To graduate conservators of all disciplines - an exciting opportunity to join our highly skilled team in conserving and protecting the exceptional collection of medieval stained glass at All Saints North Street Church in York. We are grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for supporting this project. Applications for the internship are managed through Icon, the Institute of Conservation. For more details and to apply visit https://www.icon.org.uk/resources/jobs/icon-internship-stained-glass.html.

Feature in SGAA magazine Winter 2020/21

Barley Studio are pleased to be featured in the long awaited Winter 2020/21 edition of Stained Glass, the quarterly magazine of the Stained Glass Association of America. The article describes the making of Helen's recent window for All Saints Church, Hovingham, with the support of Narcissus Quagliata and Judson Studios in California, USA.

Made in Britain, 15 April 2021, 8pm on ITV4 television

The York Normandy Veterans window, created by our artist-designer Helen and the Barley Studio team, will be featured in this television programme looking behind the scenes at British brands. Barley Studio are delighted that the York Normandy Veterans, of whom so few remain, are being celebrated in both this programme and the window, which was installed in St Lawrence’s Church in York ahead of Remembrance Day in November 2020.

Work begins at Hoghton Tower March 2021

The Barley Studio team are restoring and replicating leaded lights and opening casements at Hoghton Tower in Lancashire, ahead of its planned re-opening to the public in May 2021. Hoghton Tower is a Grade 1 listed fortified manor house built for the Right Worshipful Thomas de Hoghton in 1560-65, replacing an earlier house on the same site.

There are several well-known figures associated with Hoghton’s history; it is thought that William Shakespeare lived at Hoghton when a teenager, and JMW Turner and Charles Dickens also visited. Famously, King James I made a 3 day royal visit visit in 1617. Legend has it that he tasted a joint of beef so good that he knighted it – thereby creating “Sir Loin” steak!

Lecture to Shanghai International College 14 December 2020

Helen, our Creative Director, was pleased to share her creative process in stained glass at Barley Studio, virtually and internationally, with students from the Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation (SCF), Donghua University. SCF is a collaborative partnership between Donghua University and Edinburgh College of Art, the University of Edinburgh, which aims to develop innovation and creativity within an international learning, teaching, knowledge exchange and research context. Thanks to MinJoo Baek, Lecturer in Fashion Interior Design, and Professor Juliette MacDonald, International Dean and Director of the ECA/SCF Partnership, University of Edinburgh, for hosting this online event.

Stained Glass Conservation begins at All Saints North Street York November 2020

The Barley Studio team are delighted to begin work on some of the finest medieval glass in the country, here in York - the exceptional collection of 14th and 15th century stained glass in the Church of All Saints, North Street. We will be undertaking the conservation and environmental protection of all twelve medieval stained glass windows in this National Lottery Heritage funded project, working alongside master mason Matthias Garn and Partner.

Light before Lockdown 2 November 2020

Just ahead of the second national lockdown, we were relieved and honoured to welcome the York Normandy Veterans to Barley Studio. Three years ago Ken Cooke (95), Sid Metcalfe (97) and Douglas Petty (97), along with Ken Smith (died April 2020 aged 95) and Bert Barritt (died November 2019 aged 94), had a dream of a stained glass window recognising the efforts of the Combined Armed Forces in the D-Day Landings during World War II. Today the three surviving Veterans, along with project leader Nick Beilby, see their vision made into reality. The new stained glass window by Helen Whittaker and the Barley Studio team will be installed at St Lawrence’s Church, York, in the coming days.

Job Opportunity: Fabricator Welder November 2020

Barley Studio is delighted to advertise a new role as Fabricator Welder (full-time, 40 hrs per week) within our expanding team. We are looking for an enthusiastic, organised and dedicated person with an interest in art, craft and heritage. This exciting opportunity is open to applicants with any relevant experience, at any stage of their career.

Please visit https://www.indeed.co.uk/Barley-Studios-Ltd-jobs for full details and to apply. Closing date is 4 January 2021 with shortlisted candidates to be invited for interview from 11 January 2021 and workshop assessment thereafter.

Phase 1 works complete at Beverley St Mary, October 2020

We have completed the first phase of our works at St Mary's Church, Beverley, restoring the North Nave Clerestory windows. Our team have enjoyed working alongside Master Mason Matthias Garn and his talented craftspeople, who are restoring the stonework and creating new carvings based on characters from The Chronicles of Narnia. Read more about The Narnia carvings at Beverley...

Work begins on the South side soon!

Recognition for the York Normandy Veterans at St Lawrence’s Church in York, September 2020

Helen is very pleased that this special project, a small window illuminating a dramatic moment in history, is getting media attention. The process of making the window is being recorded for a television documentary, beginning with the design, cartooning and glass cutting.

The new stained glass window will commemorate the D-Day landings, as seen through the eyes of the last surviving members of the York Normandy Veterans.  Helen’s design celebrates the comradeship between the men that was so important to all of the Allied Forces, whether army, navy or air force, during this momentous operation. At the base of the design are the homes the soldiers are defending with the text “and the homestead and the woodlands plead in silence for their peace”.

Friends of York Art Gallery new website launched August 2020

Thank you to the Friends of York Art Gallery for promoting the work of many talented local artists working in and around York in a series of Q&A interviews curated by Judith Glover. The interviews published so far include painters Jake Attree and Lesley Birch, ceramicist Judith Glover and our very own stained glass artist and sculptor Helen Whittaker. To learn more about these talented artists visit the brand new Friends of York Art Gallery website.

Fanlights for Regent’s Crescent, London: repair, replication and reglazing August 2020

Barley Studio recently completed work on a number of beautiful clear glazed fanlights for Regent’s Crescent in central London, a Grade I listed new build development within the elegant Regency frontage originally designed by John Nash. The team relished the opportunity to exercise their skills and craftsmanship on these prized historic features.

Working with Mumford and Wood, manufacturers of high quality timber windows and doors, we repaired the surviving fanlight frames and replicated new frames where needed, faithfully copying the details using traditional materials and techniques. We cast new decorative motifs in lead, using moulds made from the existing frames, and reglazed the fanlights in glass selected from our “Barley Bent” range of period-style glasses.

‘Old Craft, New Art’: Annual Lecture for the Stained Glass Museum, 15 July 2020

We are delighted that Helen Whittaker's lecture for the Stained Glass Museum is now available to watch online here. In this lecture, entitled 'Old Craft, New Art: An Artistic Journey in Stained Glass', Helen shares her creative process in designing and making new stained glass windows and sculpture, with each commission inspired by the client, the brief and the building. The talk is illustrated with some of the many projects Helen has completed in churches, cathedrals and secular buildings.

Barley Studio article in The Georgian magazine, July 2020

Thank you to the Georgian Group for publishing an article by Barley Studio conservator Alison Gilchrist in the latest issue of their magazine. The article tells the fascinating story of twin 'Charity' Georgian stained glass windows, originally created by W Collins, London, for Sir John Soane's Museum, London, and a private villa in Hamburg. Both were very badly damaged during World War II, with one bombed by the Germans and the other by the Allies. Head Conservator Keith Barley and his talented team of artists and craftspeople greatly enjoyed working on both windows, restoring them to their former glory.

The Georgian magazine is published by The Georgian Group, the national charity for the preservation and appreciation of Georgian architecture in England and Wales, founded 1837.

‘Old Craft, New Art’: Annual Lecture for the Stained Glass Museum, 15 July 2020

Barley Studio's Creative Director Helen Whittaker will give the Stained Glass Museum's Annual Lecture on 15 July 2020 at 7 pm, presented online via Zoom.

In this lecture, entitled 'Old Craft, New Art: An Artistic Journey in Stained Glass', Helen will share her creative process in designing and making new stained glass windows and sculpture, with each commission inspired by the client, the brief and the building. The talk will be illustrated with some of the many projects Helen has completed in churches, cathedrals and secular buildings.

Tickets are £5 (free to Museum Friends) and are available on Eventbrite.

Keith Barley at York Consortium online event, 16 June 2020

Conservator Keith Barley will speak on 'Changing the Ethics of Stained Glass Conservation' as part of an online event hosted by the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship. 'Conservation and Craft Myths: A Window into the YCCC World' will showcase the work of four renowned members followed by a Q&A session. This event is free to attend - for more information and to book a place visit the YCCC website.

Stained Glass Webinar ‘The Creative Journey’ 21 May 2020

We are very pleased that Helen Whittaker FMGP, Creative Director at Barley Studio, has been asked to speak alongside dynamic artist and business woman Kathy Walsh Jordan, from the USA, on 'The Creative Journey - an insight into the process of creating glass art' run by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.

This webinar will provide an insight into the process of creating artwork in the media of stained and architectural glass art. This will include a discussion of Helen and Kathy's approach as well as their engagement with their companies/studios, clients and organisations. There will, as ever with Glaziers' events, be an opportunity for attendees to engage with the speakers and ask questions.

For more information and tickets visit Eventbrite.

Barley Studio featured in Vidimus, April 2020

The Barley Studio team were pleased to see their restoration work on the First World War Memorial West window of St Matthew's Church, Hull, featured in the latest issue of Vidimus. This fine window, made by the Hardman Company of Birmingham and dedicated in 1922, had previously suffered badly from vandal damage. Its careful restoration showcases the skills of Barley Studio's conservators, artists and craftspeople.  Read the article online ...

OSCAR – Content development, USA 30 April 2020

Keith Barley was pleased to be invited to contribute to this online discussion on protective glazing for art glass, run by the OSCAR team and the Association for Preservation Technology Committee. He has been passionate about environmental protection throughout his career in stained glass, from his Churchill Fellowship studying European installations back in 1986 to his recent advisory work as a consultant for museums and cathedrals in the USA. It was interesting to hear that the discussion notes will be written up and used to assist with future policy making.

Barley Studio featured in ‘Opening up the Soane’ film April 2020

Managing Director Keith Barley features in the first of a three-part series ‘Opening up the Soane’ following the story of the five year, £7 million, project to restore and improve Sir John Soane’s Museum. The first episode tracks the restoration of the recesses on the Museum’s central staircase, including Barley Studio’s recreation of the ‘Charity’ window for the Tivoli Recess. View online....

Master Certificate Award March 2020

The Barley Studio team are delighted that our MD Keith Barley has received the Master Certificate Award given by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers. The award was presented at the Mansion House by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman William Russell. On the day Keith was pleased to be supported by his youngest son Kirk, Past Master John Dallimore and Upper Warden Michael Dalton.

Glass Fusing – In the Eye of The Storm at Judson Studios USA! February 2020

International painter and glass artist Narcissus Quagliata (aka, The Storm) has been guiding Helen through the art of fusing glass at Judson Studios in Los Angeles. In essence, fused glass is comprised of various coloured glass sheets, frits and/or powders that are placed into a kiln and heated up to 850 degrees centigrade. Narcissus is known for his innovative commissions of painted and large scale fused glass, using Bullseye's materials to create magnificent effects. Helen is adopting these techniques in her latest commission for the Worsley family of Hovingham, North Yorkshire.

Design is GREAT – Manchester and Gatwick International Airports January 2020

We are very pleased that Helen Whittaker's stained glass window for Sopworth Church, previously exhibited at the Prince and Patron Exhibition, Buckingham Palace 2018, is one of two of her artworks featured at Manchester and Gatwick Airports as part of the Britain is Great UK Goverrnment campaign. 'The GREAT Britain campaign captures the best of all that is familiar about the UK, but also what is new and surprising about this country' - visit www.greatbritaincampaign.com for more details.

Hong Kong Exhibition December 2019

Helen's panel is currently on exhibition at the Haw Par Mansion in Hong Kong. The famous Moon Gate to the Haw Par Mansion is the central focus of the design. The full moon signifies the start of a new phase in the lunar calendar, just as the Mansion is entering this new phase of its history. The idea of the moon inspired thoughts of the solar system, which is seen layered over the architectural structure.

NEW OLD. OLD NEW. Haw Par Mansion, Hong Kong, November 2019

Our Creative Director Helen Whittaker is looking forward to sharing her creative process in a "Stained Glass Design Dialogue" held within Haw Par Mansion in Hong Kong. Helen will be discussing her newly created exhibition piece for Haw Par Mansion alongside Hong Kong glass artist Mr. Wong Kwok-Chung. Thanks to Roger Wu, Executive Director of Haw Par Music Foundation, for organising this event.

Barley Studio wins two top awards from the York Guild of Building, November 2019

The Barley Studio team of artists and craftspeople were delighted to win two top awards at the 2019 York Guild of Building Craftsmanship Awards Ceremony, held at Bedern Hall in York. Aurélie Haugeard and Keith Barley won the Craftsmanship Award for their work on the Prayer Tree Sculpture, designed by Helen Whittaker for the Multi-Faith Chapel at Scarborough Hospital, while Keith Barley, Daniel Thomas, Anne-Catherine Perreau, Alison Gilchrist and Helen Whittaker won the Masters Award for their restoration of the ‘Charity’ stained glass window for the Katharinenhof in Hamburg. Thanks to Noel Shouksmith and his team for a very enjoyable evening! Read more...

UK Church Architecture Awards 2019

Barley Studio were pleased to support the UK Church Architecture Awards through the creation of a bespoke new stained glass trophy, generously funded by Richard Carr-Archer. Alexa Stephens of PPIY Architects + was presented with the Young Architect or Surveyor of the Year Award 2019 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester at the awards ceremony in London. The UK Church Architecture Awards are run jointly by the National Churches Trust (NCT) and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA). Read more...

Restoration of ‘Charity’ window complete October 2019

On 30 October 2019, Keith Barley was delighted to deliver the restored 'Charity' window to Hamburg, following the completion of our restoration work. The window was made by W Collins of The Strand, London, and was originally installed in the villa 'Katharinenhof' in Hamburg around 1830. It is a 'sister window' for one of the same subject and by the same firm for Sir John's Soane's Museum in London; both windows were badly damaged during the Second World War. We thank Keith Barley for directing the restoration of both windows, bringing them back to life for future generations to enjoy. Read more about this exciting project...

Public Lecture at St Peter’s School York, 6 November 2019 at 7 pm

Join Helen Whittaker as she takes you on a journey creating artwork in the traditional media of stained glass and sculpture. Every installation is unique in its design concept, being inspired by the client, the brief and the building. During this talk, Helen will describe the creative process, illustrated with some of the many projects she has completed for churches, cathedrals and secular buildings.

For more information and tickets, click here...

New window for Dulwich College, September 2019

Helen Whittaker was pleased to be part of celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Dulwich College on 19 September 2019. Helen was commissioned by the school to create a new stained glass window for the Lower Hall. Master Joseph Spence introduced Helen’s window, which sets the flaming heart of the College Coat of Arms – a hand grasping a heart, issuing from flames of fire – within flowing lines paraphrasing the famous College gates designed by Charles Barry Jnr. The new window was part of a wider vision putting the arts at the centre of the anniversary celebrations, alongside the ‘Phoenix and Unicorn’ exhibition of commissioned wood-engravings.

‘CRAFT IS GREAT’ September 2019

We are delighted that our studio artist and Creative Director Helen Whittaker has been chosen to help promote the United Kingdom Government's international campaign to showcase British talent in the creative sector. "The GREAT Britain campaign captures the best of all that is familiar about the UK, but also what is new and surprising about this country." Read more about the GREAT Britain campaign ...

Restoration completed at St Matthew’s Church, Hull, September 2019

Barley Studio have recently completed the restoration and reinstallation of the fine WWI memorial West window at St Matthew's Church in Hull, made by the Hardman Company of Birmingham in 1922. The window had previously suffered badly from vandal damage, and its careful restoration showcases the skills of Barley Studio's conservators, artists and craftspeople. It has been a privilege to work on this project for new owners Giroscope, supported by the War Memorials Trust and the The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.

Conservation complete at Whixley Church of the Ascension, August 2019

The Barley Studio team have completed the conservation and protection of two windows for Whixley Church. Made in 1862 by local firm Hodgson of York, both windows were suffering from severe 'crizzling' of dark green glasses; many pieces had completely disintegrated leaving holes in the windows. With no option but to replace these pieces, we were able to restore some lost details and to preserve the remainder by reinstalling the windows with environmental protective glazing.

Installation of new stained glass for St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Tadcaster, August 2019

Featured in the York Press earlier this week, Helen Whittaker's new window has been installed in the Sanctuary of St Joseph's Church, Tadcaster. The window celebrates 150 years of the church, connecting it with many aspects of the surrounding area. In particular, it features the town's famous bridge, which partially collapsed in 2015 following severe flooding - symbolising the unification of the town when it was subsequently rebuilt.

Conservation continues at Whixley Church of the Ascension July 2019

Barley Studio conservators Keith Barley and Alison Gilchrist were pleased to welcome members of Whixley Church to see their windows undergoing conservation - restoration work at the studio. Chairman of the Whixley Heritage Trust Roger Marshall and Churchwarden Barry Atkinson were amazed to see the glass up close, especially the sugar - like state of the crizzled green 'glass' pieces, sadly now beyond repair. With many thanks to the parish for all their fundraising to care for and preserve their windows for future generations.

The Spitfires Past Masters’ Association 2018, at the RAF Club, London, 18 July 2019

Past Master of the Glaziers' Company, Keith Barley, and Assistant to the Court, Helen Whittaker, were pleased to attend the Spitfires' Big Summer Event at the RAF Club, Piccadilly. Keith enjoyed meeting his fellow Livery Masters from his year, 2017-18, and their wives and consorts.

In his year as Master Keith was pleased to invite the Glaziers Company to the Club to view two windows created by Helen and Barley Studio. Shown here in front of 'RAF: Past and Present' 2008, flanked by these two handsome chaps!

New stained glass for Marian Chapel, Philippines

Barley Studio's Creative Director Helen Whittaker is excited to have been commissioned to design six towering stained glass windows for an iconic chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes in Filinvest City. The chapel, located in Southern Metro Manila, has been created by Lead Architect Hiroshi Nakamura and is due for completion in 2020. Read the full press release here...

D-Day window unveiled 2 June 2019

Helen Whittaker's new window for the Military Police Chapel at Southwick Park was unveiled by Susan Eisenhower and Henry Montgomery at a special service on 2 June 2019, one of the events commemorating the 75th anniversary of D Day.

The window commemorates Operation Overlord, more commonly known as D Day, and especially the role of the Royal Military Police in this combined forces operation. The RMP Officer directs and disperses the incoming representatives of the three armed forces, army, navy and air force, beckoning them into France with one hand while stopping the German advance with the other.

while Charlotte Roden was commended for her dramatic design 'I am the Storm'.

Congratulations to both!

Thanks go to the Worshipful Company of Glaziers for their running of this great annual competition, and to University College London Hospital for providing this year's commission opportunity.

Dulwich College visit to Barley Studio 10-11 May 2019

As part of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Dulwich College, Helen Whittaker has been commissioned to create a new window, inspired by the College crest and the magnificent College gates, for the Lower Hall. In addition Helen and Keith will run a 2-day workshop for a group of boys from the College. The boys have each been asked to create an image that, for them, represents 400 years of the College; and over the weekend they will translate their designs into glass at Barley Studio. During their visit they will also see their new College window, in progress in the studio, ahead of its installation in the coming weeks.

David Hockney: Painting with Light at the Bradford Literature Festival, 7 July 2019

Helen Whittaker will be in conversation with Royal Academy painter and printmaker Mark Hampson at Salts Mill, Saltaire near Bradford, at 4.30 pm on Sunday 7 July 2019. Their discussion, exploring the techniques and processes Hockney uses to create his unmistakable works and experiments with light, with particular focus on the making of The Queen's Window at Westminster Abbey, is part of the festival theme 'The Life and Art of David Hockney'. Visit the BLF website for more information and to book tickets.

Reflections of the Lord Mayor Roundel Competition 2019

Members of the Judging Panel for the Reflections of the Lord Mayor (#LMReflects) were delighted to meet with Commander James Nisbet VR, Area Officer (London) at HMS President to review the shortlisted entries for this year’s Junior Sea Cadets Roundel Competition. The competition is open to Professional Glass Artists, Schools, Junior Sea Cadets and Community Cadet Forces; the brief is to reflect on the achievements, interests and charities of Alderman Dr Sir Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of London 2016-2017. Helen Whittaker was delighted to chair the judging process for the sea cadets, and is pictured here with fellow judges (from left) Commander James Nisbet VR, #LMReflects Founder Chris Seow and Past Master of the Glaziers Colin Freeman.

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