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.
Mr. Andrew Sayers – National Museum, former head of the National Portrait Gallery.
Lynette Murray – ActonAdvice (actonadvice.com.au)
Klaus Moje AO – Living Treasure
Chris Wheeler – King & Wood Mallesons, Partner
Cathy Winters – DEEWR
Andrew Sayers, AM
Chair (ministerial appointment)
Andrew Sayers brings outstanding experience to the Canberra Glassworks Board, both in the curatorial field and in the leadership of cultural organisations. He has been Director of the National Museum of Australia since 2010. His previous appointment was as the inaugural Director of the National Portrait Gallery and, before that, he was the Assistant Director (Collections) at the National Gallery of Australia.
During his 12-year leadership of the National Portrait Gallery, Andrew oversaw its transformation from its modest beginnings in Old Parliament House into a significant national cultural institution housed in a new lakeside building, where it has attracted a number of international exhibitions.
At the National Gallery of Australia (from 1985 to 1998), the focus of Andrew’s principal exhibitions were 19th century Australian and American landscapes, 19th century Aboriginal artists, Sydney Nolan (the Ned Kelly Story) and Thea Proctor. He also researched and published extensively on the history of Australian art. He was appointed to the position of Assistant Director (Collections) in 1996.
Born in England, Andrew moved to Australia in 1964. He completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts at the University of Sydney in 1979, from where he joined the Art Gallery of New South Wales as a curatorial assistant, with promotion the following year to Registrar of Collections. He then spent four years as Assistant Director at the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery before moving to Canberra to work at the National Gallery.
Andrew was selected as an ACT finalist in 2011 for the Australian of the Year Award.
A partner in the legal firm King & Wood Mallesons, Chris Wheeler is a specialist in property, construction, planning and environment law, and has worked with both the public and private sectors on planning and environmental law reform.
From 2005–7 Chris was a member of the ACT Government’s planning law reform reference group, as well as the reference group for the draft restructured Territory Plan in 2007. He has also advised on residential developments at the Kingston Foreshore, and provided advice to the ANU on the City West development project.
Chris plays a leading role in the property and legal industries through his participation on many committees of the ACT Division of the Property Council of Australia and the ACT Law Society. For his work, he received the Property Council of Australia’s Executive Director’s Award (ACT) in 2005 and 2007, as well as twice being selected as its ACT Property Professional of the Year (2002 and 2006).
He also chairs the Mallesons in the Community Program, which is responsible for the practice’s pro bono and charitable work.
Chris’s qualifications include an LLB (Hons) and a BEc from the Australian National University.
Cathy Winters has significant experience in the management of organisations, major events, community and public relations, media relations, staffing and finances in both the government and community sectors.
Cathy is currently working as Director, Corporate Communication, in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. In a previous role within the department, Cathy spent two years working in Indigenous communities in Central Australia, where she coordinated the delivery of employment-related services in partnership with a range of other government and non-government agencies.
Prior to joining the department, Cathy managed Canberra’s premier spring festival, Floriade, and before that the Canberra Festival.
Cathy was born and educated in England, although she spent much of her childhood in India. She came to Australia in 1972.
Making a contribution to the community has underpinned Cathy’s working life. She was President of The Street Theatre from July 1996 until May 2008, and has been a member of the Canberra Glassworks Board since 2007.
Cathy was awarded both a Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance Green Room Award and a Centenary Medal for her contribution to the performing arts.
Treasurer (ministerial appointment)
Lynette Murray, the Managing Director of Actonadvice, has over 25 years’ experience in the banking and finance industry and has worked as a financial planner since 1996. In 2000 she achieved the internationally recognised qualification of Certified Financial Planner, and in 2004 she completed a Master of Personal Financial Planning.
In her work she deals with a wide variety of businesses, and has become a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors to further broaden her understanding of their circumstances. She is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Banking and Finance, and a member of the Self Managed Superannuation Professional Association, the Australian Institute of Management and the Financial Planning Association.
Earlier career positions include Branch Manager for St George Bank Limited, and Lending Manager and Credit Compliance Manager with Australian Guarantee Corporation.
Klaus Moje, OA
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.
Brian Corr’s glasswork has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Australia and internationally, and has three times been included in the New Glass Review, an international publication exhibiting the 100 most innovative works of the year.
Brian began working with glass in 1995 at Hastings College in Nebraska, where he earned his Bachelors degree. He then worked, studied and taught throughout the US and abroad, including a three-year period working at the Corning Museum of Glass. In 2005 he moved to Australia to pursue a Masters degree at the ANU, which he completed in 2007.
His work is included in many public and private collections throughout the world, including the National Gallery of Australia. He has also received grants from both the Australia Council and artsACT.
Brian recently returned to Australia after spending a year in South Korea, where he was an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Art and Design at Namseoul University. He now makes his own work and teaches at the Canberra Glassworks.
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