Damson window test panel gifted to The Stained Glass Museum
Canturbury Catherdal’s world renowned stained glass studio has gifted one of its panels to The Stained Glass Museum.
The gift is of a recent test panel created for the Cathedral’s Damson Window, which was designed by Hughie O’Donoghue RA and made by the Cathedral’s own stained glass studio artist, Grace Ayson in 2018.
The Damson Window, located in the northern walkway of Canterbury Cathedral Cloisters, was made to honour the contributions over many years to the life of the Cathedral by Richard Oldfield OBE DL. The test panel was beautiful in itself and extremely useful in determining what changes had to be made for the whole window, but because of those changes, it never became part of the finished window. Rather than letting the panel sit unseen in a store, it was offered to The Stained Glass Museum.
Director and Curator of the museum, Jasmine Allen said “We were delighted to receive this gift from the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral as an example of 21st century stained glass. It is fantastic to add to our growing collection a panel connected to Canterbury Cathedral, which demonstrates a fruitful contemporary collaboration. The talented glass artist Grace Ayson from The Cathedral Studios, based at Canterbury Cathedral, has done a splendid job of translating renowned artist Hughie O’Donoghue s painted designs into layers of glass and the resultant panel is stunning. We hope to get it on display for people to appreciate as soon as possible!”
The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the fascinating history of stained glass, an art form that has been practised in Britain for at least 1300 years. Their permanent gallery displays over 125 stained glass panels representing 800 years of the history of this ancient art, from the thirteenth century to the present day.
The Canterbury Cathedral panel will be part of the museum’s permanent collection, and the gift is being made with the proviso that, should the panel be deaccessioned in the future, it will be returned to Canterbury Cathedral.
Press release from The Stained Glass Museum