Garry scoops prize for glasswork skills
DROGHEDA man Garry Maguire (42) has been rewarded for his artistic innovation after his unique stained glass cabinet, designed for Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, scooped second prize in the prestigious Steven's Competition for Architectural Glass in Britain.
'I'm studying architectural glass at Swansea Metropolitan University,' explained Garry, who is well known in Drogheda for his community artwork. 'As part of the course, students are encouraged to enter the Steven's Glass competition, so I was thrilled when my entry came second.'
The competition is named after Thomas Stevens, a former Master, and each year's competition focuses on a real location, such as a public building, church, school, hospital or university.
Garry's prizewinning entry was a stained glass cabinet with a number of hospital-related items inside.
'The site was chosen for me by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, who run the competition. The hospital has a lot of glasswork and artwork already and my idea for the piece was to make a cabinet of glass for the window where hospital artefacts could be stored so that it would be an interactive piece and people passing by could stop and examine them.'
Originally from Ballsgrove and now living in Moneymore, Garry travels between his home in Drogheda and Swansea Metropolitatan University, where he has just completed his second year of study.
Garry has had a lifelong involvement in art and was an aerosol artist in Drogheda for many years before moving into community artwork.
'I worked with young people on various different projects through the years but, when the recession hit, things got very quiet and I realised I had to change direction. It was around this time I started to build an interest in that field. It's not just stained glass it incorporates sculptural glass and various other aspects as well,' said Garry.