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Exhibition of Contemporary Glass at The Stained Glass Museum



Selected entries from this year’s Stevens Competition will be exhibited at the Stained Glass Museum in the South Triforium of Ely Cathedral from 8 June to 31 July. Entry to the exhibition is free. For details click here…

This temporary exhibition features some of the competition entries for the prestigious Stevens Architectural Glass exhibition, an annual competition run by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters on Glass. The 2019 competition, which relates to a real-life commission, invites entrants to design a window for the waiting area of a new Proton Beam Therapy (“PBT”) unit at University College London Hospital. This new unit will extend and broaden the Hospital’s cancer services. Proton Beam Therapy is a type of radiotherapy which uses a high-energy beam of particles to destroy cancer cells. The treatment is particularly suitable for complex childhood cancers, increasing success rates and reducing side-effects such as deafness, loss of IQ and secondary cancers. It can also be used to treat brain cancer, head and neck cancer and sarcomas. There are currently no other high-energy PBT facilities in England and patients requiring the treatment have to be sent abroad.

UCLH NHS Foundation Trust has a rich tradition of working with glaziers to create artwork for the hospital. In 2005 UCLH partnered with the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and the Stevens Competition to create a new window for the Radiotherapy Department. The winning entry, “Sundance”, demonstrated an innovative technique using UV bonding technology and UCLH commissioned the artist Alex R to make her design into a full size panel. The 2008 competition featured the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Antenatal Clinic. The design entitled “Circles and Rainbows” on screen printed enamelled glass, with bonded and 6 sandblasted glass, submitted by Michelle Dawson, was selected for the commission. The UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre was the site for the 2011 competition. The entry on glass and dichroic film entitled “Starlings” resulted in a commission for the artist, Matt Hayes.

Inspiring Art

Ellen van der Leeden

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