Graeme Willson Honorary Fellow
Glass Making & Stained Glass
Graeme's training in Stained Glass came about through the studio of Ann Sotheran in York. He has also collaborated with and learnt much from the workshop of Martin Johnson, also based in York. This collaborative practice has now been in existence for over twenty years and completed many successful commissions across the country. Graeme's commissions for stained glass include works for the Dean's Chapel at St. Mary's, Warwick, the Great West Window at St' Laurence's Church, Rowington, 'The Light of the World' at St. Margaret Clitheroe, Haxby and 'Miners' at All Saints, Harworth. He has also completed etched glass doors for St. Margaret's in Ilkley and was award the RSA Award fir Collaboration on stained glass with Ann Sotheran and Nick.
Graeme lives and works in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
Reading University, Degree in Fine Art and History of Art
Part-time Lecturing Posts
1975 - Freelance painter and visiting lecturer at; Bradford & Ilkley Community College.
Chelsea College, London.
1979 - Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, University of York.
Bretton Hall College
Chelsea College, Bretton Hall College, Yorks & Bradford College, Yorks.
1976 - Sloane St. Gallery, London
1980 - Cartwright Hall, Bradford College
1981 - St. Pauls Gallery, Leeds
1982 - Arcade Gallery, Harrogate
1983 - Hawksworth Gallery, Ilkley
1986 - Dean Clough Contemporary Art Gallery, Halifax
1987 - Hawksworth Gallery, Ilkley
1988 - Smith's Gallery, Covent Gardens, London (with Tom Wood)
1989 - RIBA Gallery, London
1989 - University of Bradford Gallery
1990 - University of Leeds Gallery
1992 - Bloomsbury Gallery, London
1995 - Assembly Rooms, York
1998 - ‘Picturing Sounds' Manor House Gallery, Ilkley (with Alan Flood)
2005 - The Process of Landscape' Lotherton Hall, Leeds
1977 - Serpentine Gallery, London
1980 - National Portrait Gallery, London ('The New Look in English Portraiture')
1981 - Cartwright Hall, Bradford
1982 - Civic Art Gallery, Harrogate (Festival of Architecture)
1983 - Leeds Art Fair – annually
1984 - Francis Kyle Gallery, London and New York
1985 - Levitt Bernstein, London ('One Percent')
1986 - Leeds City Art Gallery ('Image Space Public')
1987 - ‘New Art in Yorkshire', St. Paul's Gallery, Leeds
1990 - Bluestone Gallery, California
1991 - Neville Gallery, London and Canterbury
1992 - London Contemporary Art Society, Covent Garden, London
1995 - Northern Prospects, Harewood House
2003 - Zilah Bell Gallery, Thirsk
2005 - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham
Awards and Commissions
1977 - 1st Prize Art into Landscape Competition
1978 - Arts Council Award
1979 - Three Altarpiece Paintings for York Minster
1980/82 - Ceiling of St. Cuthbert's Chapel, York Minster
1983 - Royal Academy Award for Painting
1984 - Greater London Arts Association Award
1988 - Leeds Corn Exchange, Refurbishment
1989 - Provident Finance Group, Bradford College
1991 - Portrait of Sir John Harvey-Jones for Bradford University
1991 - Portrait of Sir William Taylor for Hull University
1991 - Forbes Collection, New York
1993 - RSA Award or Collaboration on stained glass with Ann Sotheran and Nick Rank, Architects (Se John's Church, Moston, Manchester)
1993 - Portrait of Professor Ian Ward, Leeds University
1994 - Leeds Award for Architecture
1995 - Private Chapel, Windsor Castle (reredos painting)
1996 - Wm. Morrison's Supermarkets, Murals and Stained Glass
2000 - Commissioned to undertake stained glass for the Dean's Chapel at St. Mary's Warwick.
2004 - 'Christ in Glory'. Great West Window, Stained Glass for St. Laurence, Rowington, Warwicks
2004 - Baptistry Painting, St. Margaret's Church, Ilkley
2007 - Etched Glass Angels, St. Margaret's Church, Ilkley
2010 - Stained Glass Commission 'the Light of the World' at St. Margaret Clitheroe, Haxby, Near York.
2017 - Stained Glass Commission, 'Miners' at All Saints, Harworth, Notts.
Residencies (Artist in Residence)
1987 - ‘Narrative Painting', Cartwright Hall, Bradford
1987 - ’Inside Out', Leeds Art Gallery
1989 - Ilkley Literature Festival
1990 - ’Virtue Rewarded', Leeds City Art Gallery
1996 - Ilkley Concert Club