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New stained glass window revealed

New stained glass window revealed

A new stained glass window has been installed in the Great Cloister of Canterbury Cathedral .

It’s been designed by an up and coming glass artist who was chosen following a search for a design that would honour the generosity of the Garfield Weston Foundation to the Cathedral.

The winning design was selected for its beauty and timeless imagery and will serve as a testament to the Cathedral’s past, present and future.

The Garfield Weston Foundation and QEST – the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust – in conjunction with the Cathedral held a competition to find the winning design, which was created by Emma Lindsay who beat a high quality field of entrants.

The competition was focused on glass art students and recent graduates. By helping to support a new generation of glass artists, the competition aimed to help preserve traditional skills and the excellence of British craft. Emma’s design was dedicated at a ceremony in the Cathedral on 2nd June and will adorn the Cathedral’s Great Cloister for centuries to come.

Canterbury Cathedral is delighted to have worked in partnership with The Garfield Weston Foundation and QEST on the creation of this stunning new stained glass window. The Cathedral is pleased to acknowledge and thank the extraordinary generosity of the Foundation, whose exceptional support has ensured the continuation of a much needed programme of conservation and restoration. Canterbury Cathedral is much more than ancient glass and stone. We are a vibrant creative community maintaining an internationally recognised centre of excellence for craftsmanship in stained glass and stonemasonry.

Andrew Edwards, Chief Executive of the Canterbury Cathedral Trust


 The Garfield Weston Foundation has a wonderful record of providing funding for church and heritage buildings across the country, and the design was chosen for its beauty and timeless appeal. We were delighted to be offered this opportunity by the Cathedral and the partnership with QEST has highlighted the skills of a talented glass artist.

Philippa Charles, the Garfield Weston Foundation’s Director


 Creating a new and modern work of art for Canterbury Cathedral is an exciting and rare opportunity to contribute to the beauty and spirit of the place. Emma Lindsay’s vision for the window is truly inspiring, and its glowing colours bring a wonderful element of life to that part of the building

Leonie Seliger, Director of the Stained Glass Studios


QEST Trustee, Penny Bendall headed the project for the charity and invited QEST Scholar, Mel Howse a designer and maker of vitreous art to contribute on the technical aspect of the applications.

It was a unique opportunity for the charity to work with such a prestigious foundation and a highly respected heritage institution. We were delighted to see such a high calibre of creativity from young glass artists keen to work in a traditional craft.

QEST Trustee, Penny Bendall

Emma Lindsay is a glass artist who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. She has won several awards for her work, including the Ashton Hill Award from The Worshipful Company of Glass Painters and the McCarrison Society art prize. Her greatest artistic influences come from nature and the vast array of colours, textures and patterns it contains. Emma uses handmade antique glass in much of her work and employs traditional techniques such as etching and painting with glass paints and stains. She won the competition with her beautifully intricate design.

In the Press

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‘Canterbury Cathedral gets a new addition’ ITV News (31/05/2014)


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