Exhibitions | 29-06-2023

Contemporary stained glass exhibited in meadow

Glass artist Surinder Warboys has two large, innovative stained glass works on display in a wildflower meadow as part of the Waveney and Blyth Arts exhibition, at Potton Hall’s Sandlings Sculpture Park in Suffolk.

Originally completed almost ten years ago, the stained glass panels ‘Hellespont’ and ‘Prometheus’ have been revised and updated with stands so they are able to interact with the changing light of their surroundings.

“Light and its changeability fascinate me: the stained glass transmits, reflects and absorbs light that has travelled 93 million miles and that is continually being renewed. The panels are subtly faceted, producing changing angles of refracted light,” explains Surinder.

Her background in fine art and the conservation of stained glass has given her a dual understanding and approach to her work. She has adapted the medieval techniques of painting and staining to explore new approaches to painting on glass.

Since the 1990s Surinder has worked on glass commissions for buildings in the UK and US, encompassing everything from Suffolk churches, hospices, schools and country homes, to a farm cottage on Sanday in the Orkneys.

Her large, experimental paintings on glass have been selected for exhibition in the British Glass Biennale twice. However, until now, all her work has been for architectural projects, installed and experienced in a building.

Speaking about the invitation to exhibit outdoors, Surinder says, “I accepted knowing that presentation could be a challenge. To have dispensed with the supporting structure of buildings and to boldly stand in an open field alongside giant oak trees imbued with life-affirming qualities. I am delighted to present these works in the open – otherwise I would never have realised their full potential, embracing a new way of experiencing the science and poetry of stained glass.”

The exhibition is on now until 8 November and the Sandlings Sculpture Garden at Potton Hall is free to visit from 10am-4pm.

Potton Hall is on Blythburgh Road, Westleton, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 3EF.

The exhibition is on from now until September.

Potton Hall is near Saxmundham, Suffolk, post code IP17 3EF. Website: https://potton-hall.co.uk/

For more information about Surinder Warboys visit: www.myglassroom.com

Image: Close-up of one of the stained glass panels on display.

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