Tate Britain Window by Artist Richard Wright Made and Installed by YGT

November 2013


The York Glaziers Trust have completed the making and installation of a brand new window for Tate Britain's Millbank foyer, designed by Turner Prize winning artist Richard Wright. The window uses only clear handmade glass, and a delicate geometric leaded design set within an elegant metal framework. Glasses of different type and structure were carefully chosen by the artist and were made especially for this commission by English Antique of Alvechurch, Redditch. The glass types include reamy, stipple, venetian, seedy, and norman slab. The effect creates the illusion of a banner of beautiful, crystal like glass, suspended within the window, charging appearance with the play of light and the observer's viewpoint. 


The window, one of the final pieces of an exceptional refurbishment of the Tate gallery, led by architects Caruso St John, will be unveiled to the public in November. Richard Wright is well-known for his site-specific artworks in architectural spaces. Members of the York Glaziers Trust team, were able to see his 47,000 hand-painted stars on two Rijksmuseum ceilings on their recent visit to Amsterdam. 



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