Stained Glass Conference 2024: Call for Papers

Information about the 2024 Conference in Chester


The Challenges of Conserving Glass from the Arts and Crafts Movement to the 21st Century.

Icon STAINED GLASS - Call for Papers: Stained Glass Conference

Deadline: 26.07.2024

The ICON Stained Glass Group is pleased to announce its Annual General Meeting and Autumn Conference, scheduled for October 26, 2024, at the University of Chester. This year's theme, "Beyond the Whall," will examine the technical and art historical oeuvre of Christopher Whall's pupils and subsequent twentieth-century stained glass. The conference will address the innovative techniques, challenges, and solutions associated with the conservation of some of the UK's most distinguished stained glass works. We invite the submission of scholarly papers that correspond to this theme, particularly those presenting innovative methodologies and strategies for the preservation of this unique and artistically significant era of stained glass design.

Conservation Dilemmas

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Multiple plating
  • Panel-on-panel techniques in various mediums, such as copper foiling and double leads
  • Dalle de Verre
  • Avant-garde painting styles and replication methods
  • Extensive use of intricate acid etching
  • Norman slab glass, heavy leads, and weight distribution
  • Papers focusing on the arts and crafts era as well as its legacy.
Centenary of Whall’s Death

In commemoration of the centenary of Christopher Whall’s death in 2024, this conference will place a special emphasis on preserving and perpetuating Whall's legacy. Accordingly, the conference will also concentrate on the conservation of works by artists from his era, as well as the creations of his pupils who have continued his artistic tradition.


Submission Details

We welcome submissions from both established conservators, scholars and students. Chosen speakers will benefit from complimentary tickets, and ICON will make every effort to contribute towards travel expenses.

Related Event

In addition to our own ICON event, we invite attendees to participate in Chester Cathedral's symposium, "Trena Cox: Reflections 100," on October 25, 2024, the day before our conference.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words to [email protected] at your earliest opportunity or by Friday, July 26, 2024.

We look forward to an engaging and enlightening conference.

ICON Stained Glass Group