Roundel Stained Glass Artist Competition

– The winning 2017 roundel


Reflections of the Lord Mayor has offered the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass an opportunity to invite the Livery’s artist members, members of the British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP) and members of the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) to submit designs for the “Reflections of the Lord Mayor” roundel to be presented at its gala dinner on Tuesday 01 May 2018. 


“Reflections of the Lord Mayor” is a non-profit organisation that supports the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity. It aims to help those linked to the City of London to consider the role they play in the current and future success – both in community and business terms – of the City of London. Each year for the past three years, the organisation invites a past Lord Mayor to speak at a gala dinner about their unique and personal recollections of a year of office in what is one of the world’s oldest elected roles. Profits from the event go to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity (Registered Charity Number: 1148976).

As shown in the video above, 2017 was the first year a glass roundel was presented to a Lord Mayor, which was very well recieved.

Reflections of The Lord Mayor 2017, Painters Hall, 17th May 2017

Jayne Ford – 2017 Competition Winner


About Jayne

Jayne Ford is a Manchester-based stained glass artist who uses both traditional and contemporary decorative glass techniques. She began her career in 2010 with a Glaziers’ Company Training award at Pugin, Hardman and Powell Studio in Birmingham. In 2014, she won the Stevens Architectural Glass Competition and the Award for Craftmanship for a window design for Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, completing the commission later that year. She now works from her own studio in the Northwest carrying out restoration glass-painting alongside new-build projects. 

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I was very pleased to have been offered the commission to make the stained-glass roundel for Sir Roger Gifford.  It is an honour to be able to produce work reflecting the achievements of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity and to contribute creatively to the Lord Mayor Reflects event.

I was inspired to enter the roundel competition because of the range and diversity of charities supported by the work of the Lord Mayor.  The interests of Sir Roger Gifford lend themselves particularly well to an artistic project such as this.  I have represented his musical and cultural charity interests by including dancers’ silhouettes in the roundel and by including a border painted with musical notation extracted from a piece by the Baroque composer J.S. Bach.


 I also included imagery of children playing musical instruments and symbolically “breaking free” to illustrate the opportunities given to children via the musical charities supported by Sir Roger such as Future for Kids, Mayor’s Fund for young Musicians and Sir John Cass’s Foundation.  The children are shown in a section with snowfall to provide a reference to Sir Gifford’s appointment to the Ada Lewis Winter Distress Fund.

 The centre focus of the roundel is a stylised silhouette of the City of London Skyline, reflected in the waters of the Thames to highlight the Lord Mayor Reflects event, and shown within a sunburst to give a celebratory feel to the artwork.

 The roundel is displayed in a forged steel stand made specifically for this project by the blacksmith Don Barker.  Don is a former Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths and I appoint him to make metalwork to display my stained-glass panels and larger-scale sculptural glass.

Competition Rules

  1. The design of the roundel should specifically reflect the aims of The Reflections of the Lord Mayor: (a) to support the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and (b) to help those linked to the City of London to consider the role they play in its current and future success.
  2. The design must feature the words “Reflections of the Lord Mayor” and the year “2018”. It must also feature the name of the Lord Mayor for whom it is intended: ” Alderman the Lord Mountevans “.
  3. It may feature elements of the work, achievements and personal interests of the Lord Mayor (Alderman the Lord Mountevans) to whom the roundel will be presented, and his work in the City of London.
  4. Further general information about Reflections of the Lord Mayor may be found on this website, including information about previous events. Elements of this logo may be incorporated into the design.
  5. The roundel should be nine inches in diameter and should be painted and surrounded by lead; it may also include leading, engraving or other techniques as appropriate.
  6. A stand will be provided to display the winning roundel.

There is a fixed budget for the winning artist. The price paid for the completed roundel and the design will be £750 plus VAT.

The winning artist will be invited to attend the gala dinner and presentation, as a non-paying guest, on 01 May 2018 in London. While no extra payment will be made for this attendance, modest travelling expenses may be met, on an application.

The fee for designing and then producing the roundel reflects the fact that this commission provides an outstanding promotional opportunity for the winning artist, within the City of London and beyond. 

The agreement for the production of the completed roundel on the due date, according to the confirmed design and for the set payment, will be between “Reflections of the Lord Mayor” and the winning artist only.


Designs must be submitted by covering email to the Glaziers’ Clerk, Mrs. Alison Evans  ([email protected]) with PDF or jpeg attachments of the design and supporting material. The subject heading of the email should be “REFLECTIONS OF THE LORD MAYOR ROUNDEL TENDER SUBMISSION”.

Submissions must also include in the body of the email:

  1. The designer’s name, address, email and contact telephone details and confirmation of membership of either the Glaziers’ Company, the BSMGP and/or CGS, as appropriate.
  2. A 350-word essay that describes the design, and the artist’s rationale and motivation for producing it.
  3. Confirmation that the design, if chosen, will be produced and delivered by the date required, and to the given budget.
  4. Confirmation that the winning designer will be present at the gala dinner and presentation on Tuesday 01 May 2018 and is willing to co-operate with the organisers on event promotional activities and actions as required.

All entries should be submitted by email to the Glaziers’ Clerk ([email protected]) no later than 5pm on Thursday 15 February 2018.

The commissioning organisation expects to make its decision by Thursday 22 March 2018 at the latest and the artist whose design has been chosen will be notified by email on, or shortly after, that date.


The submitted designs will be judged, and the winner chosen, by the Reflections of the Lord Mayor team including: Alderman Sir David Wootton, Helen Whittaker MA, AMGP, senior artist member of the Glaziers’ Livery Company; Jayne Ford, Inaugural LMR Roundel Winner, and founder and host of “Reflections of the Lord Mayor”, Christopher Seow. The Judges’ decision is final.

The client (Reflections of the Lord Mayor) reserves the right to query aspects of the design with the winning entry and negotiate additions/amendments with the artist, if required.

In keeping with the client’s commitment to encourage the art and craft of stained glass, submission are welcomed from students, new and emerging practitioners, as well as from more established artists. The opportunity to capture and depict the spirit of the Lord Mayor as set out in this design brief is open to all members of the BSMGP, CGS and artist members of the Glaziers’ Livery Company. 

It will not be possible to notify unsuccessful entries individually of the outcome – but the name of the person winning the commission will be posted on social media by the Glaziers Livery Company and on “Reflections of the Lord Mayor” website in due course.


Delivery of the finished roundel must be made to the organisers of “Reflections of the Lord Mayor” by Thursday 26th April 2018 at the very latest.

The roundel will be presented at a gala dinner and awards ceremony in London on Tuesday 01 May 2018.