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Monday 21 January 2013

Announcing Work Placement Awards from The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass 2013-14

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass is pleased to announce that once again they will offer an Award for Excellence, two Ashton Hill Awards and two Professional Development Awards for the year 2013-14.  These are work placement Awards.  The deadline for entry is Friday 29 March 2013, interviewing Monday 22 April, 2013.  They are also offering the GQA Qualifications sponsored Stevens Competition prizes 

The aim of all the Glaziers’ Company’s awards is to raise standards of work within the craft, particularly in the U.K., by offering additional learning experiences to enhance the skills of potential workers.  Applications are invited from individuals within the first five years of completing their training who are intending to undertake a long term career in stained glass, preferably within the U.K.  

The Award For Excellence and The Ashton Hill Award
These awards offer valuable opportunities for those wishing to develop their skills towards a practical career in stained glass.  Recipients will be placed in high quality working studios where they will undertake mentored work experience on actual projects with the supervision, guidance and tuition of experienced professionals.  The 10 week Ashton Hill Awards are offered to those wishing to develop their skills in conservation and/or glass painting.  The 40 weeks Award for Excellence is an enhanced work experience program which provides individual tuition tailored to the needs and interests of the award winner. It is suitable for those with an interest in contemporary and traditional techniques and in conservation. Applications may be considered from exceptional conservators and painters in other media without prior glass experience who wish to expand their practice to include glass working.  For both awards up to £250 per week is provided to assist with subsistence, rent and travel costs for the duration of the award.
It can be challenging, even difficult, being away from your home, working what may be long hours, finding yourself less skilled than those around you and needing to do things you have never done before.  However the rewards are great and the vast majority of past winners are now working successfully as glass craftsmen.

Continuing Professional Development Awards are short duration help for practitioners with at least five years’ working experience to broaden their professional skills, whether by moving towards the attainment of accredited status as conservators, or by developing their creative skills. These awards are particularly aimed at professionals unable to leave their work for long periods. They typically enable attendance at short courses or short studio placements under expert tuition.  There will be two Continuing Professional Development Awards offered in 2013.  Each award will offer up to £550 for tuition costs and £225 subsistence while learning.  The deadline for application is 28th June 2013.  You can obtain application details at

You can read a bit more about these awards, obtain application details and see lists of the past  winners names by visiting the Competitions and Awards pages on the Glaziers website: and