The Roundel Competition
Helen Whittaker

Talks about how the Reflections of The Lord Mayor Roundel Competition came about

Lord Mountevans

Talking as a recipient of the roundels in 2018 and his encouragement for others to take part.

The roundel competition is an annual event with competitions for both emerging professional glass artists and student artists. Since every roundel is unique, it becomes a permanent memento of each Reflections event – celebrating not only the life of the City of London, but also the achievements and character of our distinguished Lord Mayor speakers.

Launched with the support of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass and the Glaziers’ Foundation, the first competition was open to professional stained glass artists from across the UK. The competition brief was to create an original design symbolising both the role of the Lord Mayor of London and the interests and achievements of that year’s speaker. We presented the first winning roundel, created by Manchester-based artist Jayne Ford, to Sir Roger Gifford at the Reflections event in May 2017.

For the 2018 Reflections, the competition was expanded in order to inspire and engage with young artists. We opened a schools competition to young people up to the age of 11, with a separate competition open to Junior Sea Cadets in the London area. We invited entrants to create an original design on paper. Barley Studio’s Creative Director Helen Whittaker, one of the UK’s leading stained-glass artists and our judging panel Chair, transformed the two winning designs into stained glass roundels that were presented to Lord Mountevans. 

For 2019, the young people’s competitions were expanded to encompass London region schools, plus Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force and Air Cadets – collectively known as the Community Cadet Forces. Two unique roundels were created by Helen Whittaker (our Judging Panel Chair) and her colleagues at Barley Studio in York. Barley Studio is a leading centre for stained glass, having created The Queen’s Window in Westminster Abbey designed by David Hockney.

For 2020, to mark the unique coming together of two former Lord Mayors for our Reflections of The Lord Mayor event, we are inviting artists to design a roundel for either Sir Peter Estlin (691st Lord Mayor of London) OR Sir Charles Bowman (690th Lord Mayor of London). 

To find out how to enter the competition, please click on the relevant category link below: 


Professional Artists

Sea Cadets

Primary Schools

Previous Winners