Work Placement Awards from The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass 2015-16

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass is pleased to announce that once again they will offer the Award for Excellence and Ashton Hill Award training work placement awards for the year 2015-16. The deadline for entry is Friday 20 March 2015, interviewing Wednesday 15th April, 2015. They are also offering the Stevens Competition prizes.

Application details are available on the “Competitions and Awards” page of their website. 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 workers. 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.

Applications are invited from individuals within five years of completing their training who are intending to undertake a long term career in stained glass, preferably within the U.K.. 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. This 40 week period may be shortened by a few weeks according to the needs presented by the winning applicant and the panel’s decision at the time. The award 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.

You can read 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.

EMMA BLOUNT Awards Coordinator Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass