Board & Governance

Canberra Glassworks Ltd was established in July 2006 to manage the operations of the Canberra Glassworks. Canberra Glassworks Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation.

Board Directors

Chair: Nola Anderson

Nola Anderson has over 30 years’ experience working in the cultural sector, with 25 years at the Australian War Memorial, first as a curator and later in senior management. In 2012 she was Acting Director of the Memorial, and prior to that she held various positions including Assistant Director National Collection, and Head of the Photographs, Film and Sound Collection. Nola has published extensively in the arts and museum field. Her most recent publication is The Australian War Memorial: Treasures from a Century of Collecting, published in 2012. She has been the recipient of various awards and fellowships, including a Smithsonian Institution International Fellowship in Museum Studies, Washington USA, 1998 and an Australia Council Research Grant in 1990. In addition to her BA in Fine Arts from Sydney University and a Diploma of Education from Sydney Teachers College, she has a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, Flinders University. Nola is now Director of Nola Anderson Consulting.

Deputy Chair: Joan Uhr

Executive Director of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation at the Australian National University.

Joan Uhr has been the Executive Director of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation since 2004 and during that time has had responsibility for alumni development, advancement services and managing philanthropic support to the university. Prior to this appointment, Joan was Director of Executive Programs at the ANU Business School and Director of the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

Prior to coming to the ANU Joan held senior executive positions in three different Australian Government portfolios- Industry, Education, and Employment- and with the US Department of Labor, Washington, for two years. Joan represented Australia at a range of APEC and UN forums and has been a company director on several business service organisations.

Joan was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australian Honours List, 1994, and awarded a Centenary Medal for Service to the Public Sector in 2001.

Treasurer: Ian McShane

Ian is a specialist in financial and ICT systems reviews, strategic sourcing and governance. He has extensive planning, management, and business skills designed to improve business outcomes, accountability and risk management.  He excels in projects where he can work with organisations to align new or existing information systems with redesigned business processes leading to enterprise-wide business solutions and effective risk management. Taking a key role to assist agencies manage risk, Ian provides a broad strategic perspective drawn from extensive experience in government and commerce.  With an aptitude for business planning and implementation, Ian has led teams of professionals in the delivery and implementation of major projects designed to improve business outcomes. Previously, Ian was a Partner in the Strategic Sourcing and Risk Management practice at Oakton and prior to that a Senior Partner in the Systems Consulting practice at Acumen Alliance ACT.

Secretary: John Topfer

John is a lawyer and sculptor. He was a partner in the international firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques for 32 years, retiring in 2012.  He now works part-time as a legal advisor and consultant.

John has particular expertise in governance, administrative law, government law and dispute management.

John practises as a sculptor, primarily in metal. His work is in human scale, dealing with the abstracted natural form in the landscape.  John has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and the surrounding areas.

John was a member of the ACT Cultural Council for five years until 2012.

eX de Medici – Practising Artist

eX de Medici is a practicing artist who lives and works in Canberra. Her work is represented in State museum collections and private collections nationally and internationally.

De Medici studied at the (then) Canberra School of Art Painting and Photo Media workshops in the early 1980’s, served as board member on the artist collective Bitumen River Gallery, and foundation member of the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. In the late ‘80’s was awarded an Australia Council (Visual Arts Board) Overseas Development Grant to study tattooing in Los Angeles.

The artist has been selected for major Australian survey exhibitions as Contemporary Commonwealth (National Gallery of Victoria), Adelaide Biennial 1990, 1996, 2014 (Art Gallery of South Australia) , 2006 Asia Pacific Triennial Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA and has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to paint the activist band Midnight Oil and the Australian War Memorial’s Artist in War Program working on the Australian Army’s Peacekeeping mission RAMSI in the Solomon Islands. From 1997- 2012, the artist worked with the CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection under the mentorship of international evolutionist and medallist, Dr. Marianne Horak.

Mr John Liangis

John Liangis is a born and bred Canberran, educated at Canberra Grammar and a graduate of the Canberra School of Art with a (BA (VA), Painting). For several years after completing his studies he pursued a full time career in Painting and exhibited with the Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Gallery Constantinople. He has travelled extensively to Europe, United States and Canada. His occupation is Property and Investment Management. John has designed and constructed a significant Neo Classical House in the Canberra suburb of O’Malley. Its architectural detail demonstrates his in-depth knowledge of and passion for Classical Architecture. He is an exponent of the Architect Quinlan Terry and his other passions are Painting, Portraiture, Photography, Music and Cinema.


Klaus Moje AO – Living Treasure

Klaus Moje emigrated to Australia from Germany in 1982 to take up the post of inaugural Head of the Glass Workshop at the Canberra School of Art, and has since become revered as a founding father of the contemporary Australian glass movement.

His exceptional contribution to the national and international status of Australia’s glassmakers – through his own practice and exhibitions, leadership and teaching – was recognised in his appointment in 2006 as a Living Treasure, in the highly prestigious Masters of Australian Craft awards.

Other honours include his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia (Honorary), an Australia Council Emeritus Award, Lifetime Achievement Awards from UrbanGlass New York and the Glass Art Society New York, and an Australia Council Fellowship.

Klaus’s introduction to glass began in the early 1950s as a glass cutter and grinder at the Moje family workshop in Hamburg, Germany. He then studied at the glass schools of Rheinbach and Hadamar, gaining his Masters Certificate in 1959.

During the 1960s and ’70s he explored the expressive potential of glass and began exhibiting internationally. Since 1979 he has taught regularly at the annual Pilchuck Glass School in the United States and has conducted innumerable workshops around the world.

Klaus is best known for his dramatically coloured vessels and wall panels – laminated colour fields of intense geometric and abstract patterns. After five decades he continues to push the technical and expressive possibilities of glass and is today producing some of the finest work of his career.

His work is held in more than 50 public collections in Australia and overseas. Among these are Parliament House in Canberra, the National Gallery of Australia, Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, Denmark’s Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Kunstgewerbe Museum in Berlin, and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Annual Report

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