2016 – Kirstie Rea

Portrait of Kirstie Rea by Rebecca OlsenKirstie Rea is a locally-based glass artist with an established international profile. Her work and teaching have been highly influential over many years and her Creative Fellowship for 2016 will be immensely beneficial for the local glass community.

Kirstie established her studio in 1987, following her graduation from the Glass program at the Canberra School of Art. Kirstie has continued over the past 28 years to develop her practice, exhibiting internationally as well as being included in numerous Australian Glass survey shows. Kirstie has had solo exhibitions in Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Her work is included in international collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the National Gallery of Australia and the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation (Munich, Germany).

A lecturer in the Glass Workshop, Australian National University from 1987 -2003, Kirstie was also the inaugural Creative Director at the Canberra Glassworks from November 2006 to February 2008. She has taught in her field of kiln-formed glass and cold working techniques across the world since 1987, teaching at Pilchuck Glass School (USA), the Corning Studio (USA), Pittsburgh Glass Centre (USA), North Lands Creative Glass (Scotland) and Vetroricerca School (Bolzano, Italy).

Kirstie served on the Board of Directors for the Glass Art Society (USA) from 2003 to 2005 and was closely involved in the organisation and running of three international glass conferences. She also served on the Board of Directors of Ausglass and was a co-chair for the 14th biennial Ausglass conference Open House in 2008.

In 2009, Kirstie received the Ausglass Honorary Life Membership Award for her contribution to the education of glass in Australia and in 2014 was awarded the 2015 CAPO Fellow Award (Canberra Arts Patrons’ Organisation).

“I have been an ardent supporter of Canberra Glassworks since its inception and I’m delighted to accept the Creative Fellowship for 2016 and have the opportunity to work here full time and create work amongst the glass community,” says Kirstie.

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