Friends Launch and Open Day 22nd November

Join us on Saturday 22nd November at the Stained Glass Centre to celebrate the launch of our Friends Community! 

The Centre will be open from 10:30am until dusk, providing the opportunity to see our new exhibition ‘Light in the North: Modern Glass-Painters of York’, meet our Trustees and Volunteers and join our Friends Community.

The Launch of the Friends Community will begin at 12.00pm, with short speeches on the plans for the future of the Stained Glass Centre accompanied by canapes and sparkling wine.

To help us make sure that there are enough canapes and bubbly to go around, please let us know if you will be joining us for the Launch by emailing [email protected].

We hope to see you at our Friends Community Launch!


Our new exhibition ‘Light in the North: Modern Glass-Painters of York’ will showcase work by the York artists Harry Stammers, Harry Harvey, Sep Waugh, Ann Sotheran and Helen Whittaker, and is a rare chance to see a recently-discovered piece by eighteenth-century artist William Peckitt.

Helen Whittaker’s Lecture ‘Old Craft, New Art: An Artistic Journey’ Reviewed in Vidimus

Helen Whittaker’s recent lecture, ‘Old Craft, New Art: An Artistic Journey’, has received a glowing review in this month’s Vidimus. Helen’s inspiring and informative discussion of her creative journey drew a large audience keen to understand her influences and working process. It was a great conclusion to this year’s lecture series and warm thanks are due to Helen for such a stimulating lecture. Read the full review in Vidimus.

Helen Whittaker                   

Stained Glass Centre open for Heritage Open Days

The Stained Glass Centre at St Martin cum Gregory is opening again for Heritage Open Days on Saturday 13 September between 11 am and 4.30 pm.  Another opportunity to visit one of York’s most beautiful secret buildings and learn about the art and craft of stained glass. An ancient church crammed with treasures that is now a national centre for exploring and understanding the glittering world of stained glass and fine craftsmanship. There will be tours of the Centre, craft and art stalls, and demonstrations. There will be exhibitions and films presenting the work of modern stained glass artists.  Please join us in this breathtaking Grade I building for family-friendly activities, including games, crafts, quizzes and an opportunity to try your hand at glass painting.

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The Stained Glass Centre Hosts the CVMA

The Stained Glass Centre played host to a large group of international experts in stained glass for an evening event as part of the 27th biennial Colloquium of the Corpus Vitrearum, which was hosted by the British CVMA in York. The evening event at the Centre provided delegates with the opportunity to examine the stunning stained glass in the windows of the church, as well as discuss their recent research. The Centre was selected alongside other historic buildings such as the Hospitium and York Minster, to host unique evening events which showcased the stained glass and cultural heritage of York. Delegates were impressed by the wealth of stained glass at the Centre and expressed great enthusiasm for its future.  The event was sponsored by Janette Ray Books and delegates were able to enjoy delicious food from Delrios, Micklegate, courtesy of Barley Studios, Dunnington.

CVMA delegates at The Stained Glass Centre       SGC hosts CVMA

York Stars’ Supper with Shakespeare

The York Stars will be performing gripping excerpts from Henry V at The Stained Glass Centre this week.

Come along to watch, enjoying this historic play  in a stunning location! Tickets include supper for those getting into the Tour de France spirit!

Performances are 6.30pm and 8.00pm, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th July.

Tickets are £10, available at The Stained Glass Centre on the days of the performances, or in advance from [email protected].

Download the flyer here!

2014 Lecture Series Announced

The Stained Glass Centre is pleased to confirm its 2014 Spring and Autumn lectures. Dr Neil Moat, an expert in nineteenth-century stained glass, will give the Spring lecture, entitled ‘”He is not Here…”: First World War memorial stained glass and the fragile art of remembrance’ on Thursday 22nd May 2014, contributing to the centenary commemorations of the First World War.

The Autumn lecture ‘Old Craft, New Art; An Artistic Journey by Helen Whittaker’, will be given on Thursday 2nd October. Helen Whittaker, Creative Director, Artist and Designer at Barley Studio, Dunnington, is a renowned stained glass artist. Her recent commissions include the ‘Paradise Window’ at St. Brandon’s Brancepeth, installed in March 2014, and the forthcoming ‘Tree of Jesse’ window, an innovative design for St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny.

For more information, please visit our Lectures page.

Residents’ Weekend Success

A record number of residents visited the Centre on its first Residents’ Weekend open day, enjoying the opportunity to take a guided tour of St Martin-cum-Gregory, as well as see craftspeople in action. A highlight was the Harry Harvey exhibition, which gave residents the rare opportunity to see cartoons and glass from this famous local glass artist, as well as a documentary film of his twentieth-century work.

Local artists and craftspeople provided displays and demonstrations, whilst many people tried their hands at glass-painting, guided by renowned stained glass artist Helen Whittaker. The stained glass quiz was particularly popular with children, who expertly uncovered the answers from around the church.

Thanks to everyone who participated for making the day such a success!