Press Releases 2014-2015

New UWTSD Development Inspires National Glass Art Competition


Alex Design ExchangeEntrants into the UK’s leading competition for glass artists have been given a design brief inspired by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) recently renovated ALEX Design Exchange in Swansea.

The prestigious ‘Stevens Architectural Glass Competition’, which is open to students and those who have completed training within the last five years, is run by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass. The competition brief is to design an archway in UWTSD’s world-renown School of Glass, which is been based in the Alexandra Road building since it first started to offer course in glass art in the 1930s.

Swansea’s former Central Library on the city’s Alexandra Road was recently refurbished into the ALEX Design Exchange. The building, opened in 1887 by William Gladstone, has been returned to its original glory in a modern context, creating a new 21st century educational environment.

The ALEX Design Exchange is an international teaching, research and consultancy centre focusing on automotive design, product design, digital media and glass. In addition, the building accommodates a unique archive of stained glass work that testifies to Swansea’s rich creative and cultural heritage.

The Glaziers’ Company will announce this year’s winners of the internationally renowned and prestigious annual Stevens Architectural Glass Competition on Tuesday 26 May 2015 at Glaziers Hall next to London Bridge.

The Chairman of the Glaziers’ Craft and Competition Committee, Andy Lane said: “We have had a number of entries this year and the standard has been exceptionally high. The judges were very impressed with the calibre of the designs and samples submitted.”

Professor Vanessa Cutler, UWTSD lecturer and glass artist, said: “The theme for this year’s competition was ‘moving forward to a new future’. This has been a year of transformation, change and new possibilities for our University, and in particular the Faculty of Art and Design. We look to see how artists reflected this in their submissions.”

The Stevens Competition has been running since 1972. Past award- winning commissions have included installations in hospices, schools and charities. Previous winners have gone on to international fame, many of whom studied glass in Swansea.

Winners are awarded cash prizes and the chance to realise their designs. Other Company awards include the Award for Excellence and the Ashton Hill, both of which provide paid-for placements in leading glass studios for the winners.

The glass department at UWTSD has established an international reputation in stained glass education and is the only architecturally based glass school in the world. It is part of a University with the oldest Royal Charter in Wales, awarded in 1828.

The Glaziers Company is one of the City of London’s medieval Livery Companies, or craft guilds. The history of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass dates back to 1328. It was incorporated by Royal Charter and granted Livery in 1638.

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