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Online lecture: Arts and Crafts Stained Glass in Cotswolds Churches

September 14, 2022 18.00 - 19.00

This lavishly illustrated talk will reveal some of the most gorgeous stained glass in the region. It’s by far the most common type of Arts and Crafts work found in churches. Starting with Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and & Co. at Selsley, near Stroud, 1862, we’ll go on to look at the ground-breaking scheme by Christopher Whall at Gloucester Cathedral’s Lady Chapel, 1899 – 1913 and beyond. We’ll explore the works of local designers such as Henry Payne and Paul Woodroffe, as well as companies such as the Bromsgrove Guild and H H Martyn. It was also an area of Arts and Crafts in which female designers were able to excel, and we’ll look at work in the region by artists such as Theodora Salusbury, Caroline Townshend and Veronica Whall. The losses of the First World War brought many stained glass commissions at the end of the main Arts and Crafts period, but things were starting to change, and we’ll see from artists like F C Eden and Martin Travers, who had worked with Ninian Comper, new directions in the medium. However, the Arts and Crafts style and ethos persisted in the Cotswolds, and practitioners trained by Arts and Crafts designers continued working in the area up to the 1990s.

Kirsty Hartsiotis is a Gloucestershire-based freelance speaker, writer and storyteller with a passion for the Arts and Crafts Movement. She’s also been the curator of the decorative and fine art a Gloucestershire museum since 2008. Passionate about sharing her deep love for and knowledge of the arts, she’s currently, as a result of a project that started during lockdown in 2020, working intensively on the work of Arts and Crafts designers in churches in the South West and Midlands, as well as researching Arts and Crafts war memorials in the area. She’s also been an oral storyteller for over 20 years, and has published a number of collections of stories. She’s the newsletter editor for Society of Decorative Art Collections, a regular columnist for Cotswold Life, and writes for diverse other publications on art history and folklore.

Image: Angel by Christopher Whall, Gloucester Cathedral Lady Chapel, copyright Kirsty Hartsiotis

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