Martin Donlin was born in Hockley Essex to Irish immigrant parents, Martin completed an art foundation course in Rochester, Kent and studied Architectural Stained Glass in Swansea, South Wales from 1984 to 1987.
Martin creates glass artworks on both large and small scale, sacred and secular, commissions have included substantial busy public buildings to small spaces for prayer and reflection.
The majority of the projects he produces are intended to work on a variety of levels, with bold images for impact yet containing small intricate details to be seen close up. His intention is to create artworks that are welcoming and accessible and do not alienate visitors or locals, but have a sensitivity and relevance to their environment. They are usually a direct response to the architecture and surroundings.
Since 2002 Martin lives and works in Brighton, East Sussex on the south coast of England. Recent projects include glass schemes in the UK, Europe and the USA.
2018 HCMC Minneapolis, USA – Suspended glass screens.
2018 Immaculate Conception RC Church, Southampton, UK. Altar Wall Hanging.
2017 The Halo Project, London – 100 sq. metres LED Light boxes.
2017 Villa in Kazakhstan – Large outdoor Slumped glass screen.
2016 Jesuit College, Detroit, USA – Stained glass window
2016 Grande Cheese Company, Minnesota, USA – Glass light box.
2016 Washington Metro – Tysons East Station USA – 80 sq metre glass windows.
2016 Housing Development, Paderborne Germany, entrance glass wall, 250 sq metres.
2016 Sports Centre Didcot – enameled glass scheme 40 sq metres
2016 55 St. James’s London – Office main entrance & reception etched glass scheme.
2015 American Airlines, Dallas USA – Lightbox wall in main reception.
2014 Raleigh Durham Airport, North Carolina, USA – 112 sq metres glass wall
2014 San Antonio Hospital USA – 30 sq metres glass bolted to interior wall
2014 St Clare’s College Oxford – Light box scheme 20 sq metres
2013 St Wilfrids Hospice, Eastbourne – Stained glass window 5 sq metres
2013 Sacred Heart RC Church Waterlooville – 32 sq metres glass scheme
2013 New Apostolic Church, Frankfurt Germany – Stained Glass Windows 24 sq metres
2013 Tosei Heneral Hospital, Japan – wall mounted glass panels
2013 Coleridge College Cambridge – 20 sq metre windows
2013 MediCo Centre, Germany – 200 sq metre scheme
2013 Dula-Werke office complex, Germany – 12 sq metre glass window scheme
2013 Dallas, Lovefield Airport USA – 50 sq metres stained glass window
2012 Michigan State University USA – 45 sq metres Stained glass windows
2012 Selwood Manor Opera House, Bath UK – 20 sq metres glass scheme
2012 Chipping Hill Primary School, Essex – Acid-etched and enamelled glass wall.
2012 Manchester Police Force, Manchester UK – 250 sq metres glass scheme
2012 Alton RC Church, Hampshire, UK – Glass Lanterns for altar and Baptismal font
2012 Belfast City Hall – Celtic myths & Legends stained glass window
2011 Aberdeen Dental School – Glass screens
2011 Sacred Heart RC Church Waterlooville, Hampshire UK – Stained glass altar window
2011 Southampton – Cenotaph War Memorial – 8 glass walls
2011 Jersey, Channel Islands – 50 qs metre glass scheme
2011 Munich-Nymphenburg, Parish Centre, Germany. Stained glass screens.
2011 Melsungen Church, Germany. Stained glass windows.
2010 Pleasanton Art Centre, San Francisco, USA
2010 Denver Justice Centre, USA
2010 Bury Police Station – Manchester
2010 Wellington Station, Chicago USA
2010 Hetton & Silksworth Swimming Pools, Glass entrance facades
2010 Poole Police Station – Dorset, Glass screens
2010 Divine Mercy RC School, Manchester – Stained Glass Entrance
2009 Basingstoke Hospital, Glass walls and Windows
2009 Portsmouth Hospital, Glass panels bolted to walls
2009 No. 1 Southampton Row, London – Glass Entrance Canopy
2009 Rhondda Hospital – South Wales
2009 New Indianapolis Airport – Indiana USA
2009 No. 1 Heddon Street, London
2009 Knockbreda Healthcare Centre – Belfast. Enamelled glass windows
2009 International House – London. Stained glass scheme
2008 Poole Fire Station – Dorset. Enamelled glass scheme
2008 Genesis Centre – Manchester. Stained glass windows and wall plaques
2008 Abingdon School Sports Complex – Oxford. Enamelled glass wall
2007 Southampton – Office block. Stained glass scheme
2007 Chelmsford Bus Station – Essex. Exterior glass scheme
2007 Charnel House, Spitalfields – London. Exterior glass scheme
2006 Queens Medical Centre Hospital, Nottingham. Glass scheme
2006 Hammersmith Hospital, London. Suspended stained glass scheme.
2006 Health Centre, Belfast. Stained glass scheme.
2006 Kloster, Germany. Stained glass in prayer room.
2006 Hospital Chapel, Germany. Stained glass scheme.
2006 Rheumaklinik, Berlin. 15 light boxes in corridors.
2006 Ebbw Vale – Wales. Enamelled glass canopy.
2005 Dereham Library, Norfolk. Stained glass scheme
2005 South Hill Park Arts Centre – Bracknell. Etched glass screen.
2005 Secure Unit, Bristol. Stained glass main entrance.
2005 Gosport Discovery Centre. Stained glass entrance.
2005 Durham Office and information Centre. Stained glass scheme.
2005 King Ecgberts School, Sheffield. Stained glass and mirrors.
2005 Pentecostal Church, Frankfurt. Stained glass windows.
2005 New Apostolic Church, Bondorf, Germany. Enamelled glass windows.
2004 Holywood Arches Hospital, Belfast. Stained glass scheme
2004 Brewery Lane – Bridgend, Stained glass scheme.
2004 Bedford School. Stained glass windows.
2003 The Bull Ring – Birmingham, Enamelled glass wall.
2003 Landmark Place – Slough, suspended glass screen.
2002 Empire Theatre – Liverpool, Enamelled glass wall.
2002 South Hill Park Arts Centre – Bracknell, Stained glass sky-light.
2002 The Orchard Project – Basingstoke, Enamelled glass window.
2001 Dryburn Hospital Durham, Enamelled glass canopy to main entrance.
2001 North Tees General Hospital, Stockton on Tees,
cast glass bonded to hospital street,
coloured glass entrance doors and reception panels.
2001 St Josephʼs RC Church, Epsom, steel and curved glass altar screen,
2001 Southampton Football Club, Enamelled glass main entrance.
2001 Dorchester Library, Acid-etched and enamelled glass main windows.
2001 Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. Acid-etched gallery doors.
2001 RC Church, Soligen-Ketzberg, Germany. Acid-etched and gold leaf gilding.
2001 St Maryʼs Church, Swansea, West Window, stained glass.
2000 Cumbria Infirmary Carlisle – Etched glass main entrance.
2000 Carlton TV HQ London – Etched glass main entrance doors.
1999 Queen Maryʼs College Basingstoke – Etched and enamelled glass screen.
1999 Hope Hospital Salford – Etched glass and linoleum flooring.
1999 The Oracle Reading – Enamelled glass with changeable lighting.
1998 Tib Street Bridge Link Manchester – Urban Splash, Glass bridge.
1998 Oldham Mental Health Unit Oldham – Etched glass doors and linoleum
1998 Cranleigh Arts Centre Surrey – Etched glass screens.
1998 Northern Rock PLC HQ Newcastle – Enamelled glass frontage.
1998 South Holland Arts Centre Spalding – Etched glass frontage.
1998 BT House Holborn London – Etched and silver leaf panels bolted to main
entrance lobby wall.
1998 Surrey History Centre Woking Surrey – Etched glass panels suspended on
1997 Middlesbrough – Glass canopy in main shopping street.
1997 Harbour Lights Cinema Southampton – Enamelled glass wall.
1997 West Dorset General Hospital Dorchester – Stained glass screen.
1997 Royal Devon and Exeter hospital Exeter – Enamelled glass screen.
1997 Nottingham Media Centre Nottingham – Sandblasted glass block wall.
1996 Sunderland City TEC – Etched glass frontage.
1996 MAFF HQ Yorkshire – Stained glass windows and screens.
1996 Swansea University – Etched glass screen.
1995 Pfizer UK Sandwich Kent – Curved Etched glass screen.
1995 Euston Square House London – Enamelled glass screen.
1995 Newcastle Under Lyme Library – Etched glass doors and screens.
1995 Sunderland Arts Centre and Library – Etched glass screens and terrazzo
1995 Forum Centre Chester – Etched glass entrance.
1994 Partington Library Manchester – Etched glass window.
1994 Pitt Hill Community Centre Bradford – Etched glass entrance doors.
1993 Spen Valley High School Huddersfield – Stained glass windows.
1993 BBC Cardiff – Etched glass desktop.
1992 Woodside Ferry Terminal Birkenhead – Stained glass windows.
1992 St Lukes Hospital Bradford – Stained glass windows.
1992 Kajiwara Glass Gallery Japan – Etched and polished glass frontage to
1992 Didcot Library Oxford – Stained glass windows and etched glass stairwell.
1992 Birkenhead priory – Stained glass windows.
1991 Lichfield library – Etched glass screen.
1991 Espree Club London – Etched glass screens.
1990 YMCA Manchester – Stained glass windows.
1990 Broadgate Club London – Etched Glass mirrors.
1989 ABSA – Glass Trophies
1988 Butlers Wharf London – Etched glass mirrors.
1988 Ruskin Craft Gallery Sheffield – Sandblasted screens.
1959 Hockley Essex. England
1987 HND Architectural Glass, Swansea UK.
1987 – 1989 Architectural Glass, Swansea.
Occasional Visiting Lecturer throughout UK and USA.
2017 Coda Award – Spar-Und-Bauverein Building, Germany
2015 Coda Award – MediCo Centre, Germany
2014 Coda Award – GMP HQ, Manchester.
2010 Integrated Art Project – Royal Society of Architects, Belfast
2009 Art In Airports Award, Indianapolis, USA
2008 Public Art Award, Poole
2006 Art in Health Award, Belfast
2004 Art for Architecture Church Award, Frankfurt Germany
2001 Lord Mayors Prize, Swansea. St Maryʼs Church.
2001 Art in Architecture Award, Oracle, Reading.
2000 Art in Architecture Award, Munich Germany.
1999 Library Association, Public Library Building of the Year Award.
1999 Healing Arts Award. National Health Service.
1999 Art For Architecture. Public Arts.
1997 Art for Health Award. National Healthcare Trust.
1996 Arts Centre of the Year Award, Arts Council.
1996 British Gas. Art For Architecture Award.
1993 Art For Architecture Award. Royal Society of Arts.
1988 Crafts Council Setting Up Grant.
1987 Sir Arthur Evans Travel Scholarship, The Worshipful Company of Glazers.
1987 Howard Martin Design Award.
2019 Lowell Justice Centre, MA, USA – Main entrance Facade and Interior Panels.
2019 Liverpool Royal Infirmary, UK – Wall mounted panels.
2018 Scottsdale Airport AZ, USA – Main entrance and interior glass walls.
2018 – 2019 Searching for the light of the world – Chartres Cathedral, France.
2007 Constructing the light – Mexico City
2006 Architectural Art Glass – Japan
2006 Art in Architecture – Germany