Primary School Competition


The School Roundel Competition is an exciting opportunity for school pupils* to design a unique circular stained-glass artwork to be presented to a former Lord Mayor of London. Two first prizes will be awarded.

For 2020, we invite London-based junior school pupils to submit an original design on paper for either Sir Peter Estlin (691st Lord Mayor of London) OR Sir Charles Bowman (690th Lord Mayor of London).

Helen Whittaker, one of UK’s leading stained-glass artists and 2020’s judging panel Chair and her colleagues at Barley Studio in York will turn winning designs into roundels.

*pupils must be 11 or younger at the closing date (28th February 2020) 

The winners (there will be two winning roundels) will present their roundels at a special event to be held at Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s residence (Date to be confirmed).

During fabrication the professional glass artist may make appropriate alterations to the winning designs to ensure finished pieces match all technical requirements.

The winners will be notified via their School Teacher and the results will be posted on social media by the Glaziers Livery Company and on the Reflections of The Lord Mayor website in due course.

Click here to see who is on this year’s judging panel.

The Prize

The winners will receive £100 to deposit in their savings account, while their schools will receive £200 worth of school art materials.

There will be TWO 1st Prizes for 2020 – one for each Lord Mayor.

Each school is encouraged to submit as many entries as possible, but entries must be submitted by a teacher from the school, by the deadline of Friday 28th February 2020.

How To Enter

Submission close on Friday 28th February 2020 at 23:00 (GMT)

Download the Entry Form: Click Here

Complete the entry form as per the instructions on the PDF
Collate all pupils’ artwork into one PDF along with the entry form part as a cover page

Upload your completed entry by clicking here
IMPORTANTOnly applications received via the above link will be considered

Minimum Requirements

  1. The design must feature the words “Reflections of The Lord Mayor” and the year “2020”.
  2. It must also feature the name of the Lord Mayor for whom it is intended: Alderman Sir Peter Estlin or Alderman Sir Charles Bowman
  3. Draw your design in a 9-inch circle.
  4. Tell us about your design in 100 words or less.
    Describe what you have drawn and why.

Some pointers…

It may be a good idea to link your drawings to the kinds of pictures and details you want to draw to celebrate Sir Charles Bowman’s / Sir Peter Estlin’s work, interests and achievements as Lord Mayor of London.

You may find some information about each of them at:

Sir Peter Estlin
Sir Charles Bowman

How your pictures and details join to create the design

What colours you would like to use

If you want to use leadlines to make parts of your design stand out – think about how they will join together.

Learn more about stained glass and the Glaziers’ Livery Company (which dates back to the 1500s), visit http://glazierscompany.org.uk

Look at examples of stained glass and roundels on museum websites, such as the V&A – http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/s/stained-glass/ or The Stained Glass Museum – https://stainedglassmuseum.com or previous years’ winners – click here

Visit buildings that contain stained glass to see how this looks, especially when different lights shine through it.