GreatArt host Goddard & Gibbs Exhibitionists in their original home

Private view on Thursday 16th November from 7pm
Exhibition open until 4th January.
GreatArt, 41-49 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AG
Monday to Saturday 10am to 7pm – Sunday 12 to 6pm
In-store, free admission.

GreatArt host Goddard & Gibbs Exhibitionists in their original home

GreatArt has been truly passionate about supporting art and artists for over 15 years.

As you are aware it has now been just over a year since GreatArt opened their first store in the UK.Your Art Superstore is located in the heart of Shoreditch, Hackney, at 41-49 Kingsland Road E2 8AG.

Did you know the GreatArt store used to be one of the UK’s largest stained & decorative glass studios? 41-49 Kingsland Road was once the home of Goddard & Gibbs, founded in 1868, who carried out prestigious glass work for commissions all over the UK and internationally.

To celebrate their long history we will be hosting an exhibition in their original premises, our store, from 16th November 2017 to 4th January 2018. We will be showcasing new work from 7 of their artists, and also presenting the commissions, history and memories of their staff from the years they spent working within the walls of the present GreatArt store.

The artists: Zoe Angle, Chris Madlin, Laura Perry, Caroline Swash ATD FMGP, Louise Watson MA (RCA), Sophie Lister-Hussain and Sharon McMullin, most of whom trained, and all of whom worked, within the studio at 41-49 Kingsland Road.

We will also celebrate the history of our building and the many works created within its walls by their skilled artists.

About Goddard & Gibbs

The business started as a family firm headed by Walter Gibbs in 1868 with Goddard’s Glass Works joining as senior partner around 1900. It was later acquired by ‘James Clark and Eaton’ as an artistic enhancement to their international structural glass business. After the merger, ‘Goddard & Gibbs Studio’ was established at 41-49 Kingsland Road on the edge of the City. Here there was enough space on two floors to accommodate the skilled craftsmen needed to cut, glaze and fix stained glass windows. There were racks for storing coloured glass, an acid bay for etching and kilns for firing the painted glass. Several studios were also provided with wall and table space for the complex business of designing new windows. This process included the drawing up of a full size ‘cartoon’ and cut line from which the craftsmen could work.

After the Second World War, their focus was on replacements for bomb-damaged churches. There was much demand overseas, with new stained glass ordered for churches in Ceylon, Nigeria, Ghana, Nyasaland and South Africa as well as Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

Interest in stained glass began to grow in the Middle East, and commissions continued until the firm was wound up in 2006. By then the studio was no longer at Kingsland Road.

Despite this, almost all the craftsmen who had trained and practiced with Goddard & Gibbs Studio continue to keep alive the vibrant creative skills required in the creation of stained, coloured and painted glass for architecture of all kinds.

Some of Goddard & Gibbs’ notable commissioned work includes the Aramco Mosque in Saudi Arabia, the Grand Mosque in Brunei, the LDS Conference Centre Skylight, the Michelin House, the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris and Westminster Abbey.

As part of the exhibition I would like to invite you to our private view event on 16th November, from 7pm. We look forward to welcoming you to this private viewing!

The store will stay open late on this special occasion and we will provide refreshments, officially open the exhibition, and unveil a plaque to commemorate the studio. Joining us on the evening will be the artists as well as their guests, which include many previous staff members from Goddard & Gibbs.

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Private view on Thursday 16th November 2017 from 7pm. Exhibition in-store, free admission. Until 4th January 2018.

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