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Leonard Evetts: Letting in the Light

Leonard Evetts: Letting in the Light

A designer, painter, calligrapher, author, and teacher, Evetts is perhaps best known as a master in the design of stained glass windows.

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About this exhibition

Our summer exhibition showcases the archive of world renowned artist and designer Leonard Evetts (1909 – 1997), whose archive has been donated to Newcastle University Library Special Collections. A designer, painter, calligrapher, author, and teacher, Evetts is perhaps best known as a master in the design of stained glass windows. The most prolific English church window designer of the 20th Century, he created over 400 works of stained glass in his lifetime.

Evetts firmly believed that windows should ‘let the light in’ and disliked the dark effect of the traditional Victorian windows found in many English churches. He conceived his windows to show the play of light and shade at different times of day, with the different shifts in the weather, and even the seasonal changes in the trees and foliage surrounding his windows.

On receiving a tentative criticism that "all the other windows look so dark in contrast to yours", Evetts replied, "Oh well, I don’t mindf that as long as you’ve noticed the difference!"

Our exhibition features works which span his range of expertise. From some of the beautiful windows we can find locally in Newcastle to examples of his work overseas, and including glass work, textile work, watercolours and letters from his time as Head of Design at Newcastle University.

Location and dates

Ground Floor, Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms, Newcastle University
From July 2019

An illustration from the Leonard Evetts exhibition