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Outdoor Windows Installation

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

Stuart Langley creates public realm works which consider light, colour, neon, sculpture and digital. Since imagining the work 'Stained Glass Cars' for Lumiere Durham 2013 he has created an extensive body of work which has been featured at light festivals, as permanent public sculpture and touring interactive artworks. 'Outdoor Windows' follows on from the stand-out light installation 'Inside Out' which brought Ushaw's iconic facade to life as a seasonal spectacle of neon and projection last winter.

To celebrate welcoming visitors to our Outdoor Bounds Cafe and stunning grounds & gardens, we have commissioned artist Stuart Langley (who designed our fabulous Christmas windows) to create a series of stained glass effect artworks to add more magic and intrigue to our beautiful site. A total of seven ‘Outdoor Windows’, each taking inspiration from iconic objects and features unique to Ushaw and its vast collection, will welcome visitors exploring the grounds with a colourful flash of inspiration and a reminder of the treasures to be found within the soon to be reopened buildings. To complete the series of designs, we’re inviting you to design and submit your own ideas for a stained glass panel for us to consider being included in the final set of artworks by following the instructions below. Entries from under 18s only please...

1 Download and print the A4 design template or, if you don’t have access to a printer, download the A4 design guide template and draw up your own canvas for sketching your idea. Files at the bottom of the page. 2 Using your design template, draw your own idea for a stained glass panel which reflects life or an iconic feature of Ushaw - if you’re struggling for inspiration check out our website Stained glass is composed of coloured shapes to create a final image - a bit like a jigsaw - so start with drawing out key elements of your design in pen or pencil and then break them down into various shapes to be finally coloured (it's also ok to leave the colouring if you don’t have access to coloured pens, we can develop your design with you if you are selected). 3 Submit your design by either scanning or taking a photo of your finished artwork and sending it on an email to before 5pm on Friday 7th August - don’t forget to include your name, artwork title and contact details. The curatorial team at Ushaw and the artist will go through the submitted designs and select one to be developed, produced and installed as part of the installation. Don’t worry if your design is ‘rough’ or more of an idea than a finished design, you’ll work with the artist (via email, zoom or socially distanced meetings) to develop your idea into a final artwork which will be proudly homed in our grounds. If you have any questions, feel free to email the team at and we’ll be happy to help.

The Outdoor Windows installation has been commissioned by Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens and supported by Durham County Council.

Template Ushaw Outdoor Windows design (1
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