24 September to 6 November 2014
Guest Curator: Olivia Meehan
Exhibition Concept: Clare Belfrage
An exhibition of curious and exquisite light works and lighting features by artists including Brian Corr, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott, Nick Wirdnam and Jeff Zimmer. Known for their sensitivity and innovation in working with glass and light and exploring the powerful relationship between alchemic materials and luminous energy.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 1 October at 6pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, 4 October at 2pm
Acting Artistic Director’s update:
Absorb was opened on 1 October by ABC journalist and Canberra personality Siobhan Heanue. Siobhan, who has long promoted the arts of this region, has a longstanding interest in cultural production and her opening remarks displayed her sensitivity to glass and her love of the Canberra Glassworks. The exhibition has been curated by Dr Olivia Meehan working with an original concept by Clare Belfrage. It includes pieces by Canberra Glassworks artist Brian Corr as well as Ben Edols & Kathy Elliott, Nick Wirdnam and Jeff Zimmer. Jeff is a special international guest and the current Stephen Proctor Fellow in the glass workshop at the Australian National University. About her approach to the exhibition Olivia has written:
‘When we consider an object’s luminosity; we might ask does it emanate from within or does it rely on an external source to make it shine? The exhibition Absorb seeks to explore some of these ideas, and more, through the lustrous medium of glass. It invites an imaginative approach to the normal assumptions about interiors and darkness.’
Olivia has created a meditative exhibition which invites visitors to contemplate the form and potential meaning of each work as an object in space, yet also asks us to consider each piece in relation to the broader exhibition ideas. She has included a sound installation which visitors encounter as the link between the main space and the smoke stack gallery. Thus the exhibition facilitates a perhaps unexpected, imaginative, poetic and multi-sensory experience. It is a wonderful juxtaposition to the energy of collaborative making in the hotshop, or of the bustle of visitors through the foyer. The quiet transformative magic of the exhibition awaits those who prepared to enter into this space with their eyes, ears and heart open.
Acting Artistic Director
Read the Canberra Times feature by Sally Pryor here:
Ranamok Glass Prize
13 August to 18 September 2014
This is the twentieth and final year of this prestigious Australian and New Zealand annual acquisitive glass prize. The Ranamok Glass Prize was founded in 1994 by Andy Plummer and Maureen Cahill as a way to promote glass as an art form to the public.
The finalists’ work will be shown first at Canberra Glassworks where the winner will be announced. This exhibition is testament to the incredible range of artworks currently being made in glass by professional artists from Australia and New Zealand.
Gallery Floor Talk: Saturday, 16 August at 2pm.
Please join us to hear some of the finalists discuss their work.
View the catalogue here: ranamok.canberraglassworks.com/
Glint: Glass & Print
2 July to 3 August 2014
Curated by Alison Alder
Artists: Scott Chaseling, Emilie Patteson, Ben Rak, Annika Romeyn, Dionisia Salas, Mark Thiele, Annie Trevillian and Melinda Willis
This exhibition of Glass and Print is the culmination of a joint project between Canberra Glassworks and Megalo Print Studio. In the neighbourly spirit of borrowing a cup of flour and sharing some fresh baked cake, four print based artists will work with four glass based artists, for several months, sharing skills, knowledge and ideas and making things. This exhibition shows some of the connections between printmaking and glassmaking.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 2 July at 6pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, 5 July at 2.00pm
Nick Mount – The Fabric of Work
14 May to 19 June 2014
A leading figure in the Australian glass scene, Nick Mount was honoured in 2012 by Object: Australia Centre for Design as the subject of a Living Treasure: Masters of Australian Craft survey exhibition.
The exhibition featured a series of sculptural assemblages that range in scale and character and describe an aesthetic that is both provocative and playful, intimate and spectacular.
19 March to 8 May 2014
Curated by Clare Belfrage
Exhibition Design & Coordination by Ruth White
The Tree, an elongated stem or trunk that supports leaves or branches. The theme is interpreted in a myriad of ways; with humour, metaphor and studies of nature.
This is an exhibition of many parts, with works by Matt Curtis, Kirstie Rea, Melinda Willis, Emilie Patteson, Tom Moore, Yusuké Takemura, Mel George, Nudibranch, Ben Sewell, Bridget Thomas, Harriet Schwarzrock, Sui Jackson, Belinda Toll, Holly Grace, Jacqueline Gropp, Suzanne Peck, Tim Edwards, Alana Corr, Erin Conron, Lisa Cahill, Luna Ryan, Christine Atkins, Alexandra Frasersmith, Spike Deane and Clare Belfrage.
Guest speaker: Adam Burgess, Curator of the National Arboretum Canberra
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 26 March at 6pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, 29 March at 10.30am
Clarity – Shirley Hersch
5 February to 13 March 2014
Inspired by a deep sense of curiosity, Shirley Hersch’s installation, Clarity, evokes the sea, its dreamlike qualities and fragile beauty.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 12 February at 6pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, 15 February at 10.30am
Observations – Christine Cholewa
5 February to 13 March 2014
This is a solo exhibition by South Australia based artist Christine Cholewa, presents graphic wall installations reflecting on the ordinary moments of everyday life. Working with glass, photography and drawing, Cholewa skillfully combines poignancy and drama in this intriguing exhibition.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 12 February at 6pm
20 November 2013 to 30 January 2014
Lisa Cahill, Kumiko Nakajima, Zoë Woods, Andrew Baldwin, Emilie Patteson,
Peter Minson and Mikki Trail
Enjoy a unique evening at Canberra Glassworks with demonstrations from Australia’s hottest artists creating Christmas gifts, with refreshments provided. Treasures is a cash and carry show, where you can take your piece with you straight away. A great way to do your Christmas shopping this year.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 27 November at 6pm
Gallery Floor Talk: Saturday, 29 September at 6pm
Antarctica – Emma Varga
18 September to 14 November
Internationally reknowned artist, Emma Varga presents a remarkable solo exhibition of new works created from her recent research trip to Antarctica. Developing new ideas through drawings, photography and a life changing immersive experience. Varga’s work will capture the beauty of Antarctica’s wild environment in cast and assembled works in glass.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 25 September at 6pm
Gallery Floor Talk: Saturday, 28 September at 6pm
14 August to 12 September
This prestigious Australian and New Zealand annual glass prize is in it’s eighteenth year. The finalists’ work in the prize is first shown at the Canberra Glassworks, where the winner is announced. The show captures the amazing range of artworks currently being made in Australia and New Zealand.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 14 August at 6pm
Gallery Floor Talk: Saturday, 17 August at 10.30am – All Welcome!
Parlingarri Mamanta – Jock Puautjimi & Luna Ryan
26 June to 4 August
Parlingarri Mamanta or Long Time Friendship is a collaboration between Tiwi Islander Jock Puautjimi and local artist Luna Ryan. The artistis work together to translate Jock’s ceramics into cast glass form, creating a new visual expression from established practices.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 3 July at 6pm
Gallery Floor Talk: Saturday, 6th July at 10.30am
Sand Carved – Lyndy Delian
26 June to 4 August
This body of work is based on Delians intricate and sensitively carved glass wall panels, evoking rhythm and patterns of the land. Utilising processes of sand blasting and engraving. Delian explores the subtle depth of pattern within her works.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 3 July at 6pm
Gallery Floor Talk: Saturday, 6th July at 10.30am
Alex Asch, Giles Ryder, Lucio Auri, Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro
15 May to 20 June
Digest is the third exhibition in the trilogy based on the theme of ‘consuming art’ presented at Canberra Glassworks over the past three years. Drink! in 2011 and Eat! in 2012 each had their own delicious flavours and collectively showed the work of more than 50 artists.
Guest curator and artist Scott Chaseling has invited 5 internationally recognised artists: Alex Asch, Giles Ryder, duo, Clair Healy and Sean Cordeiro, and Lucio Auri, to respond to the theme of Digest to create a thought provoking and diverse exhibition.
Chaseling says, “Coming from a place that we have forgotten or discreetly disregarded the goal is to present works that discuss the theme of ‘Digest’. Selecting works that absorb our attention through text (a digest of writings); reveal a reflux (processing the present and recalling memories) or tracing the tracts; area and article (entrails of architecture)”.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 15 May at 6pm
Gallery Floor Talk: Saturday, 15 June at 10.30am
10 Artists, 10 Decades, 100 Years of Glass
27 March to 9 May
Catalogue online: Ten Squared – 10 Artists, 10 Decades, 100 Years of Glass
This exhibition, which ran from 27 March to 9 May2013, featured a series of new artworks inspired by glass, the material itself, its language and history in the period 1913 – 2013, enfolding those aspects into new expressions and new ideas. Exhibiting artists include: Andrew Lavery, Ruth Oliphant, Alexandra Chambers, Simon Maberley, Brenden Scott French, Trish Roan, Tom Rowney, Lee Mathers, Richard Whiteley, and Blanche Tilden.
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 3 April at 6pm
Gallery Floor Talk: Saturday, 13 April at 10.30am
Under My Skin – Kirstie Rea
23 January to 21 March
Kirstie Rea is a local artist with a significant international reputation. She participated in her first art class in 1962 at the Old Bus Depot Market site and is now acclaimed across many continents as an artist, teacher and innovator. This exhibition will express her interest and ideas on the generation of creative energy. It will show a range of works from objects to installation.
Rea has had solo exhibitions in Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and her work is now included in international collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the National Gallery of Australia; and the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation in Munich, Germany.
Rea has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, USA; the Corning Studio, USA; Pittsburgh Glass Centre, USA; North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland; and Vetroricerca School in Bolzano, Italy and is a prime example of a strong and creative artist playing a leadership role in her chosen field – closely aligning this exhibition with the Centenary’s February theme of Women and their Role in the Nation.
Glass Weave 2 – Jenni Kemarre Martiniello
28 February to 3 March
100 Days of Glass, Selling Yarns 3: weaving the nation’s story. A special four day exhibition of local Indigenous artist Jenni Kemarre Martiniello’s glass work will be held from 28 February to 3 March. This exhibition forms part of the conference, Selling Yarns 3: Weaving the Nation’s Story in 2013 and is accompanied by an artist’s talk and demonstration.
Please join us on Saturday, 2 March for a conversation with the artist in the Engine Room at 10.30am and a fascinating hot glass demonstration by Martiniello and her team in the Hot Shop 12.30pm – 4pm.
100 days of Glass is supported by the Centenary of Canberra, an initiative of the ACT Government with support from the Australian Government.
Occidental by Kevin Gordon and David Hay
19 September to 8 November
Occidental is an exhibition by two Western Australian artists, David Hay and Kevin Gordon, who are both influenced by landscape and patterns from the natural world. This will be a stunning exhibition of blown and carved glass and a delight for Canberra Glassworks audience.
Based in Perth Western Australia, David Hay and Kevin Gordon have worked together supporting each other’s practice through a range of processes including hot glass, carving processes and photography for well over a decade. David originally trained as an engineer before shifting his focus to an arts practice in the mid-nineties. He currently works as the Studio Manager and artist in residence at Hyaline Studio, Edith Cowan University. His practice includes commission work, sculpture, production work and exhibitions. His work is in major collections including the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Kevin Gordon comes from a glass dynasty, growing up in a family of artists working with glass. He has developed astute glass working skills and his work has been recognized for its innovation in Australia and internationally. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Tom Malone Prize from the Art Gallery of Western Australia. He regularly exhibits internationally including in: Holland, the UK, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Sweden and North America.
Occidental (from the West) will show the sophisticated technical skills of these two artists and they reveal their respective interpretations of the natural world. With strength of line and form and a profound attention to detail, these new glass works capture something of the rhythm of life.
Home Sky – Chris Boha
26 September to 8 November
As someone who is currently going though the process of immigrating to Australia and who has also just had their first child, I have been thinking a lot about the idea of home in relation to environment, location and nationality. With this in mind, something struck me while out on a walk observing passing clouds. It occurred to me that even though everything else around me stands in such stark contrast to everything I have, for the majority of my life, associated with the notion of “home” ie. building materials and design of buildings and homes, colours and types of plants, native animals, cultural practices and vernacular, etc., white clouds passing on blue sky looks the same. Of course there are times of the day where the quality and colour of the light differ from location to location, but white clouds passing on a blue sky look the same standing in Australia as they do in Canada. The sky is a globally unifying feature that does not discriminate against an individual’s location, nationality or cultural background.
As well as being a universal feature of any global location the sky also represents a medium of movement and travel; air currents continually traveling from one location of the globe to another, at times sucked into ventilation systems and lungs and just as quickly exhaled out of the nostrils of humans and building alike only to rejoin the ceaseless flow.
We see the sky as far overhead, when in fact the “sky” extends to the soil we walk on. At first the cloudscape mobiles appear as slowly shifting windows to the sky and reference personal emplacement to a fixed location, but their sped-up footage and ethereal nature viewed through the glass of the tv screens encourage a sense of other worldliness, their movement speaks of the passage of time and place while remaining timeless.
Pop Up Exhibitions
12 – 23 September
In the Engine Room
In celebration of the visit of Lino Tagliapietra to the Canberra Glassworks we showcase the work of Klaus Moje, Annette Blair and Mel Douglas whose works have all been influenced by the Maestro.
Each day that Lino and his team worked in the Hotshop they produced artworks. Over the course of a week a whole body of work was created, most of which will be shipped back to America where Lino will have it ground and carved before it goes on exhibition. Some of these works may still be viewed in the Engine Room. Hurry in to view the Maestro’s works before they are packed up!
In the Foyer
From Friday 15 September the Foyer exhibition will change to showcase the work of Nadège Desgenétez, Clare Belfrage, Kirstie Rea and Jeremy Lepisto, all of whom have also been influenced by Lino Tagliapietra and represent some of the best glass artists in Australia today.
Ranamok Glass Prize 2012
15 August – 13 September
Winner of this year’s Ranamok Glass Prize 2012 is Denise Pepper with her entry, Punto in Aria (Stitches in Air).
“My contemporary connotation of the ‘cape collar’ retains its historical elegance and homage as an heirloom. I have crafted pâte de verre lace in which glass frit captures the decoration and detail found in the intricate weave. The effect is delicate and complex.” Denise Pepper.
Mr Andrew Plummer, who along with Maureen Cahill of the Glass Artists’ Gallery, founded the Prize in 1995, said:
“The standard of this year’s works was exceptionally high and the judging panel would like to congratulate Denise Pepper for creating such outstanding work.
With the calibre of entries being so high, this year’s finalist exhibition comprises of 31 pieces. Narrowing the finalists down any further was impossible and we believe that each piece fully deserves its place in the exhibition. With a strong contingent of new and promising talent and the more established glass artists pushing themselves into different areas, it is clear that glass art is continuing its growth in Australia and New Zealand.
Such a remarkable work – unified with stillness and gravity that gives presence to the human spirit. This is the first time that the Ranamok Prize has been awarded to West Australian artist.”
The Ranamok Glass Prize is an annual acquisitive award for glass artists who are resident in Australia and New Zealand. The Prize was founded in 1994 by Andy Plummer and Maureen Cahill as a way to promote glass as an art form to the public.
The work presented for consideration for the Ranamok Glass Prize is expected to be a major effort in the artist’s personal body of work. This work should be innovative, displaying excellence and imagination in quality of idea and execution in contemporary practice.
This is Ranamok’s eighteenth year encouraging creativity, skill and innovation in contemporary glass, with Australian/New Zealand glass artists competing for a $15,000 prize. The 2012 Recipient will join previous winners in the Ranamok Winners Collection (1995–2011).
Click here to view the finalists. http://www.ranamok.com/final2012.htm
Clearly – Matthew Day Perez
27 June to 5 August
Matthew Day Perez received his BFA from Illinois State University and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He works primarily with glass, printed matter, digital media, and installation. Most recently he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to undertake research at the Australian National University. This is a solo exhibition of both finished work and an informative presentation of the stages of glass making.
Eat! Curated by Clare Belfrage
9 May to 21 June
Eat! is a group exhibition which takes as its starting point the humble domestic vessel. Nineteen artists were invited to respond to the theme of Eat! and presented objects and small arrangements or installations which explore the presentation of food and the cultural and artistic significance of the rituals around eating. This is a sequel to Drink! an exhibition that was presented at Canberra Glassworks in 2011.
The exhibition was highly accessible to the general public, with so much variety there was something for everyone to enjoy. With a great blend of emerging to established artists from all around the country including Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales with a strong local contingent. The exhibiting artists are: Annette Blair, Mel George, Bleorge,(the collaboration between Blair and George), Ruth Oliphant, Lyndy Delian, Bernadette Foster, Jacqueline Gropp, Jessica Casha, Bridget Thomas, Scott Chaseling, Peter Nilsson, Emma Borland, Ede Horton, Mark Douglass, Wendy Fairclough, Christine Cholewa, Nicole Ayliffe, Suzanne Peck, Ben Edols and Denise Pepper.
Eat! was part of the Canberra Glassworks’ fifth birthday festivities. This large group exhibition celebrates glass as an artistic medium and the ingenuity of artists who work with it. The selection of artists showed a diversity of interpretation of the theme, as well as a broad range of processes and aesthetics. On show were: exquisitely blown, cane bowls for holding food by Ben Edols, intricately engraved glass with the narrative of a seabird catching a fish by Peter Nilsson (a master engraver originally from Sweden), Christine Chloewa’s wall pieces depicting her favourite foods and “Scrabbled Eggs” by Bleorge, a delightful collection of egg cups each sporting a scrabble letter. Lyndy Delian explored her indigenous heritage with a bush tucker wall piece and Jessica Casha was influenced by Dr Zeuss with Green Eggs and Ham. Some of the pieces on show were created by artists here at the Canberra Glassworks during artist residencies. Eat! was an exhibition that explored utilitarian and sculptural expression. Contemplative, intriguing and humorous, it connected with a broad audience in many ways.
Open Work – Giles Bettison & Jenni Kemarre Martiniello
21 March to 3 May
On Wednesday 21 March 2012, Canberra Glassworks was pleased to open an exhibition titled Open Work featuring the prodigious talent of two of Australia’s most awarded artists, Giles Bettison and Jenni Kemarre Martiniello.
Both artists are inspired and influenced by traditional textiles practices and forms with Giles Bettison referencing the lace making traditions of Venice and Jenni Kemarre Martiniello the indigenous Australian traditional forms of the fish and eel traps.
Giles Bettison, a graduate of the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra has become one of Australia’s most dominant and recognized glass artists in recent times and is known for both his artistic and technical innovation, applying the ancient Venetian glassworking techniques to coloured sheet glass, producing a textile like effect for which he has been highly awarded and lauded internationally.
Jenni Kemarre Martiniello is a prolific artist and writer whose forays into the medium of glass have been more recent but no less successful. Also a graduate of the Australian National University School of Art, Martiniello was introduced to glass as a medium for her artwork during a group residency at the Canberra Glassworks in 2008. IndigiGlass08: Postcards from the Referendum was created to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Aboriginal Referendum and involved 4 artists who had been working together as part of the Indigenous Textile Artists Group (ITAG). Canberra Glassworks and associated artists taught them new techniques for their art with highly successful results. Martiniello was a finalist in the 2011 Ranamok Glass Prize with her Eel Traps and her works are now in some significant public and private collections.
Open Work was a beautiful and highly evocative exhibition showcasing 2 highly respected fine artists working in glass.
Transference – Melinda Willis
21 March to 3 May
Transference continues the artist’s ongoing interest in the phenomena of glass in the urban environment and examines its’ reflective qualities as a perceptual experience. Melinda observes, records, and explores urban spaces through their reflections. These observations are captured digitally and then transferred onto layered sheet glass panels that allow the viewer the perceptual experience that, though ubiquitous in the everyday urban environment, is often overlooked. Through the materiality of glass, the artwork invites the viewer to experience oneself reflected within the constructed environment that is the window of a building, a revolving door, or glass clad facade of a skyscraper. The pieces created are often deconstructed and dislocated but echo a closer familiarity of a space that everyone has encountered at some point in time.
Transition: A Captured Moment – Masahiro Asaka
18 January to 15 March
Recent Thomas Foundation Artist in Residence at Canberra Glassworks and winner of the 2011 Ranamok Prize, Masahiro Asaka exhibits his new series of works. Masahiro is inspired by nature and the tensions people create with the natural environment. He uses the raw qualities of glass to express fragility, strength, illumination and power as a metaphor for man’s relationship with the natural world. His striking work highlights the transparency and the beauty of glass and exposes the notions of energy and gravity which are the fundamental elements for glass to be formed and the effects of which are so essential to his art.
Connect – Nadège Desgenétez
26 October to 12 January
Themes of memory, identity and belonging underpin the work of Nadège Desgenétez. How do we interact? How do we touch, hold and feel, how do we belong? Desgenétez investigates these questions using glass, and with her rigorous technical approach she highlights her reverence for the history of the medium.She explores the sculptural nature of glass using her own life as inspiration, and her sculptures stem from autobiographical references. In her most recent work, Desgenétez examines ideas of connection, and specifically considers notions of relationship to place and feelings of ‘belonging’.
Klaus Moje – A Continuum
28 September to 20 October
Klaus Moje AO is 75 years young and celebrating 60 years of artistic practice. As a Canberra legend, a national Living Treasure and a world leader in his field, his brilliant work continues to embody the essential connection between artist and craftsman and has inspired generations of artists. Canberra Glassworks was proud to present his only solo exhibition in 2011.