Stained glass project to be unveiled at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Unveiling the results of many months of hard work on Friday 16 August, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG) will be officially revealing a new stained-glass window which will be on permanent display.
Created by local stained-glass artist Nathalie Hildergarde Liege, the window was inspired by the Margaret Agnes Rope exhibition which took place in 2016 and the museum’s Hall of Rocks and Minerals collection.
Designed to celebrate Margret Agnes Rope’s fusion of modern and spiritual elements, the project brings together two female artists on a similar artistic quest.
The creation of the stunning stained glass window was funded by the Arts Council. Nathalie also received funding from a number of sponsors and crowdfund donations.
Nathalie Hildergarde Liege, said:
The first thing I kept in mind as I created this window was ‘Marga and Collections’ is like a signature at the end of one of the stages in my career. This artwork for the Museum in and about the town where my career started, offered me the chance to reflect on the two decades I had lived in Shrewsbury.
Shropshire and Shrewsbury introduced me to building a relationship with a place famous for its geology with a town where Darwin had like and where a flower show is its pride.
Living in Shrewsbury has been the celebration of being close to three periods of history that enlightened me: medieval, prehistoric and the 19th Century. This artwork is a moment for me to analyse what I feel has been the pinnacle of my perception of being: to declare my love to our Blue Planet.
I’d like to thank all of the organisations who sponsored this project and all of the kind people who donated via Crowdfunder.
Fay Bailey, Shropshire Council’s museum service manager, said:
Nathalie’s work forms a truly stunning addition to the collections on display at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. We are delighted to showcase the work of a talented local artist and to celebrate the legacy of Shropshire stained glass artist Margaret Rope.
The window will be located at the entrance to the Medieval Gallery at SM&AG. People visiting the museum will be able to view the window from Saturday 17 August 2019.
A publication of a collection of journals detailing the meaning behind the window’s design was sponsored by local web design agency, The Web Orchard who are delighted to be a part of the project.
Peter White at The Web Orchard, said:
We are very pleased to be able to support a local artist to embark and complete a project that will become a part of Shrewsbury’s story. The finished window really is beautiful, she has done a wonderful job.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and operated by Shropshire Council.
La Bonne Parisienne
Sugru Mouldable Glue
Chris George Cards
and Crowdfund donors:
Sabine Coady Schaebitz | Evelyn Boyd | Annie Mulholland | Kate Innes | Maggie Connell | Lynn Pearson | Suzannne Galloway | John Tierney | Pascale Penfold | Katriona Wade | Gary Brayne | Pea Ramshaw.