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York’s stained glass artists: final chance to see work

Posted on 12 December 2014

An exhibition celebrating York’s most talented stained glass artists is open for two final days before the New Year.

Allium by Ann Sotheran, 2008 (Photo: Gordon Plumb)

The Stained Glass Centre’s inaugural exhibition Light in the North: Modern Glass-Painters of York will be on display at the Church of St Martin-cum-Gregory from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday 13 and 20 December.

Curated by a team of volunteers from the University of York’s History of Art and acclaimed MA in Stained Glass Conservation courses, the exhibition is organised to celebrate the Stained Glass Centre’s launch of its new ‘Friends Community’.

Featuring the work of celebrated artists Harry Stammers (1902 – 1969), Harry Harvey (1922 – 2011) and Sep Waugh, the exhibition also features recent work by contemporary artists Ann Sotheran and Helen Whittaker and a rare chance to see a recently-conserved piece by eighteenth-century artist William Peckitt.

Also on display are results from recent historical research on the fabric of the church and the parishioners commemorated in it, undertaken by a graduate student archaeologist and interns funded by the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP).

Sarah Brown, Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Course Director of the MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management, said: “In the days of austerity after the Second World War, Dean of York Eric Milner-White persuaded renowned stained glass artist Harry Stammers to establish a stained glass studio in York. Stammers arrived in 1947 and never left, thereby re-establishing York’s pre-eminence in British stained glass at exactly the same time as Milner-White was leading major restoration projects at the Minster.

“This exhibition features the work of Stammers and his erstwhile assistant Harry Harvey, and also designs by Sep Waugh, who trained with Harvey before establishing his own studio in York in the 1970s. The story comes full-circle with recent work by contemporary artists.

“Showcasing some of York’s most talented stained glass artists of the twentieth century, this is the last chance to see this unique student-organised exhibition.”

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