New Glass 2015: Archaeology, Excavation and all things Arcane
10 June 2015 to 23 July 2015
In June 2015 the Canberra Glassworks celebrates the centenary of our wonderful home, the Kingston Powerhouse, designed by architect John Smith Murdoch. We are taking the opportunity to celebrate the past while looking to the future, with an exhibition featuring the work of a new generation of Australian glassmakers. The exhibition will be a curated selection of exciting new glass talent whose work pushes boundaries of traditional studio practice in concept and execution. The exhibition is themed around the ideas of archaeology, excavation and all things arcane, encouraging visitors to think about what history is, how we uncover it, the unexpected secrets it holds and how even the things we take for granted as new technology or communication today can seem outdated and ancient in a few years or a decade. Participating artists include: Lucy Quinn (QLD), Nick Adams (ACT), Georgina Cockshot (VIC), Lea Douglas (ACT) and more.
At the same time the Canberra Glassworks will launch a six month program of interventions and installations throughout the building by contemporary artists who have lived and worked in Canberra, exploring what the building means to them. We hope to give our visitors access to areas of the Canberra Glassworks currently closed to the public, to captive them with creative responses to the architecture which has loomed large on the Canberra landscape for a century and to inspire them to consider their own ongoing relationship to the Kingston Powerhouse.