Tim Cunliffe: Artist Profile

Tim Cunliffe

About the Artist :

Tim Cunliffe has been a professional stained glass artist for over 30 years. After a degree in sculpture, he obtained a postgraduate Diploma in Stained Glass from Central Saint Martins, London under the tuition of the artist Amal Ghosh. His stained glass combines meticulous craftsmanship with a fine art sensibility that delights in the illuminating properties of glass.

During his career he has had numerous exhibitions both in the UK and Europe, and his work is in great demand by discerning art collectors who understand the depth and skill in his work. Tim is also a passionate advocator of stained glass, and as such, regularly teaches the next generation of up-and-coming artists so that this thousand-year-old tradition can survive – and indeed thrive.


Tim’s work celebrates the forms, rhythms and energy of nature, and draws inspiration from Ancient, Medieval and early 20th Century Art. He strives to give his stained glass a sculptural feel, particularly in his dynamic use of glass paint and bold, fluid use of lead came lines.


Tim has exhibited widely in the UK and other countries including Spain and Germany:

2018 ‘Lightbox’ New London Glass Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, St John’s Church. Bethnal Green, London

2008 “Dark illumine” Stained Glass Museum, Ely Cathedral

2007 “Dark illumine” two-person exhibition with Kathy Shaw, Cochrane Theatre Gallery, London,

2005 “A Sense of Place”, Museo de Arte en Vidrio de Alcoron, Madrid

2004 “Collect”, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

2003 “Nou Vitrall”, Col- legi D’Aparelladors I Arquitectes Técnics de Barcelona, Spain

“TransFuse”, Great Eastern Hotel, London

2002 “ New London Glass”, Espai Vidre, Barcelona, Spain

“ Tracks”, Platform for Art, Gloucester Road underground station

Galerie Derix, Derix Glasstudios, Taunusstein, Germany

2000 “ Means & Making”. Royal Society of British Sculptors, Dora House, London

Contemporary Glass”, Geffrye Museum, London

1999 “Spirit”, Soho 601, London ß Simmons Gallery, London

1998 City Gallery, Leicester. Churtzee Galleries, London. Stoke Newington Midsummer Festival, London

1996 Bartletts School of Architecture, London

“Endangered Wildlife”, Lamont Gallery, London

Whitechapel Open Studios, London

1995 Mark Senior Gallery, London

1994 Bernard Becker Gallery, London

1993 “Inner City Blues, Greens, Yellows……”, Barbican Centre, London.

1993 – 1997 “Lobster’ Panel on loan to The Stained Glass Museum, Ely Cathedral.

1992 “ Where Art Meets Community”, Tobacco Dock, Wapping, London.

Bow’s Arts Gallery, Aldgate, London. 1991 Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges, Leicester

1988 “Art Now”, Camberwell, London

1985 “Chimera”, Scott Gallery, University of Lancaster

1982 Sculpture at Canterbury”, Canterbury College of Art & Design

1980 “Heredities” National Student Sculpture Competition, Commonwealth Institute, London

1979 Duke’s Theatre Gallery, Lancaster

Selected Commissions
2009 Window with celtic imagery, private commission South London.

2008 Window with medieval fresco design, Piccadilly, London.

2005 Window for Regina Coeli School, Croydon.

2001 Glass plaque for Nortel Networks, Harlow, Essex.

1999 Glass awards for Hotel & Restaurant magazine.

1997 Window with Arabic bird imagery, private residence, North London.

1996 ‘Zodiac’ window for private client, North London.

1995 ‘Animal Totems’ window, entrance to private residence, East London.

1991 Resurrection window for chapel, Wintershall, Guildford.

1990 ‘Tree of Life’ window, private residence, Chorleywood.

1987 ‘Doves’ Window for Children’s Ward, Mile End Hospital, East London.

1986 ‘Fishes in Reeds’ Window for Chapel, Bethnal Green Hospital, East London.

Lecturing & Qualifications

Teaching & Qualifications
Currently Stained Glass and art tutor at the Mary Ward Centre and Hammersmith & Fulham Adult learning & Skills Service, London
Recent workshops given at the V&A Museum South Kensington, London in 2018

Previous lecturing:

Stained Glass tutor Central Saint Martins College of Art , University of the Arts, London

Lectures given at the following:

Oxford University, Wadham College

Central Saint Martins College of Art , University of the Arts, London

and Lancaster University

Other Work

Goddard and Gibbs Stained Glass Studio, London (1999 – 2003)

John Patsalides Stained Glass Studio, London (1994 – 1998)

Qualifications and Training

Awarded Caroline Swash Stained Glass Fellowship – Central School of Art & Design (1990 – 91)

Post-graduate Diploma in Stained Glass – Central School of Art & Design (1988 – 90)

Applied Arts Studio, Bethnal Green, London (1987 – 88)

BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture) – Canterbury College of Art and Design (1980 – 83).

Foundation course – University of Central Lancashire (1979 – 80)
(Prizewinner) Heredities National Student Sculpture Competition