Durham Cathedral: New Cathedral Window for 2018

I am pleased to announce that I have been commissioned by Durham Cathedral to design and make a new window for Durham Cathedral. Spiritually the Cathedral is one of Britain’s most important buildings, and this UNESCO World Heritage site is architecturally considered to be one of our most important buildings, with 700,000 visitors a year.

The new window is in design as we speak. It is in memorial to Sara Pilkington who was a student at the University at Durham. As such it will be contemporary, youthful and full of energy: being worked by my hand from design through to the glass.

The north-facing window is the last clear window in the series of stained glass windows that encapsulates the high altar and the Shrine of St Cuthbert, and is 21ft tall x 12ft wide (6.6m x 3.6m).

I am very excited about this project, and as a contemporary glass artist I am delighted to have the opportunity to put modern work into such a noteworthy building. I am also humbled, as the new window will reside alongside the Shrine of St Cuthbert where the saint is buried.

Installation is planned for 2018.

Please read the press release from Durham Cathedral.

Durham Cathedral Window media release

Mel Howse outside Durham Cathedral

Mel Howse outside Durham Cathedral

Beautiful and ancient: The High Altar Durham Cathedral

Beautiful and ancient: The High Altar Durham Cathedral

From design through all the processes of creating the art in glass. Mel Howse working on one of the panels for The Betchworth Screen, installed in the spring of 2016.

From design through all the processes of creating the art in glass. Mel Howse working on one of the panels for The Betchworth Screen, installed in the spring of 2016.