Stained Glass the Magical Art of Architectural Illumination
Norland Conservation Society’s Annual Lecture
Thursday 19th March 2020
St James Church, St James Gardens W11
This will be a fund-raising event to save the rose window in the West
gable of St James Church
The speaker will be Mark Cazalet. Mark is a contemporary British artist based in North
Kensington. Although primarily a painter and draughtsman he works in a variety of
media, particularly in stained glass and etched and engraved glass on ecclesiastical
commissions. These have included Manchester, Worcester, Chelmsford and St
Edmundsbury Cathedrals as well as Mirfield Abbey and Wesley’s Chapel. He has used
tapestry paint, mosaic and glass for these commissions.
Mark will examine the evolution of stained glass through its practical uses to the
technical fabrication including the problems it faces in ageing. He will show a broad
range of examples from across Europe and Britain spanning the 12th to 21st centuries.
Anonymous Medieval masters, Victorian maestros and Modernist magicians all will have
a chance to vie for your entertainment. Some anecdotes may be included in an
entertaining historical review of this marvellous light medium.
Closer to home Mark will reveal the urgent restoration issues facing the fine roundel,
currently neglected behind the organ at St James’ but which with contemporary lighting
solutions could shine out from the church and provide an entirely new and unique focus
to St James’ Square and its surrounding area. The talk will last approximately 35 minutes
after which there will be time for question and a précis of the works needed for the
Tickets £10.00 (to include wine/soft drinks after the lecture)