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Stevens 2018 First Prize and Prize for Craftsmanship AMY JOHNSON HOLY WELL GLASS

STEVENS GLASS ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2018 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

- Students and emerging architectural glass artists honoured today, 24 May 2018, at a prize-giving ceremony at Glaziers’ Hall.
- Highly successful Competition was based on a commission to design two windows for a new dance studio at Eastbourne College, to be sponsored by the Arnold Embellishers, worth up to £20,000.
- High quality & creative entries from UK and international entrants reflected the College’s 150th Anniversary and ‘Project 150’
- Plans well underway for the Stevens Glass Artist of the Year Competition 2019. 

Posted 25 May 2018

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The following winners of the internationally renowned and prestigious annual Stevens Architectural Glass Competition have been announced: PRIZE
WINNER
STUDIO/UNIVERSITY/
COLLEGE
Stevens’ – First Prize
(Brian Thomas Memorial
Prize - £2000)
Amy Johnson
Holy Well Glass
 
Second Prize (£1200)
Janine Greenberg
Kensington & Chelsea College
 
Third Prize (£600)
 
Anna Selway
University of Sunderland
 
Highly Commended
(£300 each)
Bethan Sian Yates
University of Wales, Trinity St David, Swansea
Siobhan Alexandra Phillips
Innovative Glass Products
 
Overseas Award
(475 euros)
Jessica Lambinet
Ensaama, Paris
 
Award for Craftsmanship
(The George & Evelyn Gee
Prize) (£300)
Amy Johnson
Holy Well Glass
 
Award for Design Presentation
(£300)
Bethan Sian Yates
University of Wales, Trinity St David, Swansea
 
The competition was for the design of two windows to be installed in a dance studio at Eastbourne College in East Sussex. The College celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017 and marked its anniversary with Project 150 which includes the construction of a new wing, incorporating a dance studio. Competition entrants were briefed on the fact that the college chapel contains some excellent 19th century stained glass and that the emblem of the Arnold Embellishers is the American Stint, a bird, that should be incorporated into their window design. 2 of 2 Stevens Winners 2018
 
Entrants were required to submit a full design and commission budget on paper and to make a small sample panel of part of the window to demonstrate their craft skills and to show how the design might work in practice.

Competition judges this year were: Derek Hunt, Kirsty Brookes, Fabrizia Bazzo and Kate Maestri; led by non-voting Head Judge Helen Whittaker. All are distinguished and internationally renowned architectural glass artists. They were joined by Matthew Clover, Head of Design and Technology at Eastbourne College. The panel of judges followed a strictly anonymous process – they did not know the identities of the people whose work they were judging, until after they had come to their decision.

The Chairman of the Judging Panel, Helen Whittaker, said: “The Stevens Competition is unique, providing an opportunity to those starting off in their vocation to design for a specific location that may result in a commissioned work. The judging panel were heartened by the range, quality and creativity of ideas put before us, and the great efforts made in bringing them to fruition.”

Michael Holman, Stevens’ Competition Organiser, said: “Our prize fund has effectively been doubled for 2018 and I was extremely pleased that the number of entries is higher this year than last. I am grateful to the Arnold Embellishers for agreeing to provide any commission funding. I am also absolutely delighted that Vinci Construction UK Ltd this year are sponsoring our first Award for non-UK Entrants (worth 475 euros in total). The commissioning clients have an excellent range of designs from which they might choose a commission. This is a remarkable achievement for our winning artists.”

The Master of the Glaziers’ Livery Company, Keith Barley MBE, extended his congratulations to all prize-winners: “The Annual Stevens Competition continues to demonstrate our Livery Company’s support for new and emerging architectural glass artists and is one of the vital ways in which we, and our charity The Glaziers’ Foundation, promote the art and craft of stained and architectural glass. I would like, finally, to thank both Eastbourne College and the Arnold Embellishers for their co-operation in running the Competition this year.”
Plans are being finalised for the 2019 Stevens Competition and the detailed brief will be published later this year.
 
The annual Stevens Competition is open to students, apprentices and those who have completed training within the last eight years.
The Glaziers’ Company is one of the City of London’s medieval Livery Companies, or craft guilds. The history of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass dates back to 1328. It was incorporated by Royal Charter and granted Livery in 1638.
Its present Master is Keith Barley MBE MA FMGP ACR, a practising stained glass craftsman and conservator.

The Glaziers’ Company is home to the Glaziers Foundation (registered charity number 1143700). One of its primary charitable objectives is to support education and training in the art and craft of stained glass and architectural glass. It has recently initiated an apprentice scheme. The charity also supports and makes grants towards the conservation and preservation of important stained glass windows in public buildings in the UK. It is also responsible for The Stained Glass Repository.
 
Glaziers Livery Company & Glaziers' Art Fair
Glaziers Hall
9 Montague Close
London SE1 9DD, United Kingdom
http://glaziersartfair.com

Stevens 2018 Second Prize  Janine Greenberg Kensington & Chelsea College

Stevens 2018 Third Prize Anna Selway University of Sunderland

Stevens 2018 Highly Commended and Prize for Presentation Bethan Sian Yates UWTSD

Stevens 2018 Highly Commended Siobhan Alexandra Phillips Innovative Glass Products

   
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