The Kids’ Glass Design Competition


To celebrate the historic Kingston Powerhouse’s 100th birthday year, the Canberra Glassworks is asking kids to design a glasswork inspired by this iconic building.



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A landmark on its lakeside setting at Kingston Foreshore, the Kingston Powerhouse is a building of industrial and architectural significance. Built between 1913 and 1915 and designed by John Smith Murdoch, the Commonwealth architect who also designed the Provisional Parliament House, the Kingston Powerhouse was one of the first permanent buildings in Canberra, and was of significant social importance in the early years of the city.

It was transformed into Canberra Glassworks in 2007 as a special initiative of the ACT Government through artsACT.

Young designers can choose a glass process or technique their work will be created with, by a professional artist:

There will be three age categories for the competition:

Shortlisted winners in each category will be invited to work with a professional artist in a special workshop session during DESIGN Canberra to further develop their designs.


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Final entries by the shortlisted winners will be due on Monday 23 November 2015 and then considered by a panel of judges including the artists involved in the project.

Winners will keep the finished works, to be presented to them at a special event in January 2016.

The 2015 Kids’ Design Competition will be launched on October 24.

For more information:


Kingston Powerhouse

View the gallery below for some historic images of the Kingston Powerhouse for inspiration for your artwork.

2014 winner

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Work and design by 2014 winner Gabrielle McCormack 

Download the complete list of winners from 2014

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