Kali in the Crypt - A Stained Glass Exhibition - Bristol

St John on the Wall, Bristol
9th March 2018 - 28th March 2018
12:00 - 16:00
free - donations welcome to the CCT

A stained glass exhibition and the launch of a multi-cultural arts project to celebrate the women of Bristol

Join Dr Delia Whitbread and friends for a unique and breathtaking exhibition of stained glass.

During the exhibition there will be daily fascinating talks on:

  • The history of stained glass
  • Christian and other imagery
  • The making and meaning of Rose Windows
  • Stained glass conservation
  • Stained glass techniques

There will also be a range of workshops, demos and learning activites for all the family.

A full detailed programme will be available shortly.

© Delia Whitbread

As well as Delia's work there will be other artists in stained glass exhibiting their work.

Including Sarah Davis a stained glass artist, based in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.

Greene Man by Sarah Davis
© Sarah Davis

On display will also be some of the fragments of medieval and Victorian glass stored in the crypt, suspected to originate from the bombed church of St Mary le Port, together with images of stained glass from the Trusts collection of churches.

St John on the Wall Glass Fragment

For International Women's Day 2018 #PressforProgress we will be launching 'The Bristol Rose Project' to be designed by and for the women of Bristol. This will be a year long project where artists will gather stories and images from the diverse female population of Bristol to make a rose window that will celebrate their lives. This will be shown in St John on the Wall in March 2019. For more Bristol events https://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/iwd2018/

Wombrose by Delia Whitbread
© Delia Whitbread

Delia Whitbread is a practising stained glass designer and maker in both the public and private field. She has a first degree in English and Sociology from the University of York. After teaching English abroad in the Far East and in London for some years, Delia retrained in etching and painting. In 1987 she completed an HnD course at Chelsea School of Art in Mural Design (specialising in stained glass). From 1987 to 1989 she attended the Royal College of Art as a student in the Visual Islamic and Traditional Art Department studying sacred geometry and iconography.

Delia began practising as a stained glass artist, whilst also teaching architectural glass part time at Roehampton, University of Surrey in 1990. In 2008 Delia was awarded a PhD in the Department of Glass and Ceramics at the University of Sunderland. Her research involved the translation of stained glass design to digital media in order to create a large-scale facsimile of a rose window. She used the world wide web to co-ordinate a collaboratively designed rose window for a contemporary projection. The window celebrated images of female figures and a pilot project was created by 17 artists working together on line and submitting designs for discussion and approval. Delia now lives in Bristol since 2011 with a studio in Stokes Croft and volunteers for the Trust.

Dr Delia Whitbread
07588 700850

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