Harold Gosney Exhibition and Auction!

Equine head 1September 9th – October 1st 2017

Daily 11am – 4pm, admission free


We are one week away from the opening of Harold Gosney’s exhibition at the Stained Glass Centre! From the 9th September to the 1st October the Stained Glass Centre will be open daily from 11am – 4pm to showcase this incredible collection of sculptural work, paintings and drawings. The Stained Glass Centre is honoured to be hosting a retrospective exhibition of Harold Gosney’s work, ‘My Life as an Artist’, this Autumn.  Over 60 years of creative work by Yorkshire artist Harold Gosney will be on display at the Stained Glass Centre. After successful exhibitions in Ripon, Grimsby and Scunthorpe between 2013 and 2016, this new exhibition opens to the public on September 9th and brings together a wide range of sculpture, drawings and paintings, including work not seen in public before. This is a unique opportunity to see up close his beautiful sculptures and paintings, with an accompanying display of preliminary sketches and studies.

A number of Harold’s commissioned works are in the public domain notably at York Art Gallery, and on permanent display in Ripon and Chester Cathedrals. As a rule, Mr. Gosney does not sell his work, but to celebrate his 80th birthday and retrospective exhibition, is very generously offering two lots for auction, with all proceeds being donated to the Stained Glass Trust.

The auction is to be held online, and will go live from the 8th September at 6:30pm until the 28th October at 3.30pm. Two lots are to be listed. The first lot is for ‘Equine Head’, a beautiful hand-carved mahogany sculpture, with a starting price of £400. The second lot is for two framed drawings relating to ‘Equine Head’, with a starting price of £150. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase Gosney’s work! The link to the page is below, and although bidding will not be open until the 8th September at 6:30pm, the page can be accessed and bookmarked in preparation:


The Stained Glass Centre is also pleased to announce that Harold will be hosting a private event for the Friends of the Stained Glass Centre. Those with current subscriptions will be invited to attend a private viewing with the artist during the exhibition period. If you are interested in joining as a Friend, click here, or email friends@stainedglasscentre.org for more details.


Ledgerstone Day at the Stained Glass Centre

Ledgerstones: A Workshop


7th October 2017, 10.30am – 4pm


The Stained Glass Centre will be the venue for a ledgerstone study day: learn how to record ledgerstones for the Ledgerstone Survey of England and Wales (LSEW). The LSEW and the Churches Conservation Trust will be delivering this study day at the Stained Glass Centre, and if you would like to book a place simply fill out this form and send it with a £5 cheque to:

Jane Hedley
3 The Terrace
Boston Spa
West Yorkshire
LS23 6AH

Or email Jane Hedley to request details for how to pay via online
banking – jw.hedley@ntlworld.com (please ensure you also
attach the booking form to the email)

Ledgerstones workshop Oct 2017 –

Summer Open Days 2017

This summer the Stained Glass Centre will be open on the following days:

Sunday 16 July
Saturday 22 July
Saturday 5 August
Saturday 12 August
Saturday 19 August

Come and look at our beautiful building and its incredible stained glass, and meet some of our volunteers! We’ll be open from 11am-3pm.

Walking Tours Around the City of York, June 2017

The York Civic Trust is having a ‘Get to know your York” weekend of free city walks on Friday 23rd  and Saturday 24th June. The weekend will enhance your appreciation of the great city of York, and will be a thoroughly enjoyable and sociable event, based in a Civic Trust marquee in St. Sampson’s Square. There will be the added opportunity to view new activity displays and chat with people in the Civic Trust who are having a growing positive influence on York’s future plans. See the attached poster for details!


Residents’ Festival 2017!

Sunday 29th January, 11am – 3pm

Join us on Sunday the 29th as we open the doors for York Residents’ Festival 2017! We’ll be open from 11am to 3pm for the following:

  • Painting and glazing demonstrations
  • Have a go at glass painting yourself!
  • Children’s activities
  • Book sale and refreshments

We’re looking forward to opening our doors and inviting you in to visit!

Autumn lecture: Thursday 13th October 2016

‘I know my geese are not all swans – The WA Ismay Collection of Studio Pottery’, by Helen Walsh, Curator of Ceramics, York Museums Trust

On 13th October we’ll be having our Autumn Lecture. Tickets are sold on the door for £6 (£5 concessions) and include refreshments, available from 7 pm (lecture starts at 7.30). Entry is free to Friends of the Stained Glass Centre. Hope to see you there!