Winter Glass Market 2015
The 2015 event attracted more than 4000 visitors to Canberra Glassworks.
Chair Nola Anderson said: ‘The public response was far and above what we had hoped for, with so many visitors finding new and enjoyable things to do at the Glassworks. The lighting, food, wine and music produced a wonderful atmosphere. It was exciting to see Canberra artist Sui Jackson draw the first glass from the wood fired furnace, and heart-warming to see so many people taking the opportunity to purchase glass from our shop and the Winter Glow Garden. It’s great to know we enjoy such enthusiastic support from our community.’
A very popular feature was the Winter Glow Garden where all works were sold for $100 each – most stock was sold within hours. There was a line for the Canberra Glassworks shop from when it opened at four o’clock with huge crowds watching the demonstrations, enjoying music in the foyer and Engine Room Wine Bar and participating in the Rebuilding the Building activity with Kirstie Rea (who was announced as Creative Fellow for 2016 on the night).
The artists who regularly hire and work from Canberra Glassworks contributed significantly to the success of the event by working collaboratively on the Winter Glow Garden works for sale, demonstrating on the night, providing works for sale by Silent Auction and volunteering their time in the lead up to and during the event. The generosity of staff and volunteers with their time and expertise also made the event possible.
The event was supported by the ACT Government through artsACT and Event Partners ActewAGL, the Land Development Agency, ABC 666, and Zoo Advertising. ActewAGL Director Marketing and Corporate Affairs Paul Walshe said, “In what is a special year for ActewAGL as we celebrate 100 years of local energy, we were proud to support the Winter Glass Markets that provided local artists the opportunity to showcase their work in an historic and unique venue. Congratulations to the team at the Glassworks for bringing a new and exciting event to Canberra.”
Event supporters included:
- Stewart Architecture
- Engineers Australia
- Surveyor’s Hill Winery
- Diplomat Boutique Hotel
- Brodburger (provided Broddogs)
- Megalo Print Studio (who hosted a Megalo Midwinter Mingle event next door)
In 2016, Canberra Glassworks aims to build on this event by extending the venue to include the neighbouring Fitters Workshop.
To express your interest in being involved in this event in 2016 or contributing as partner, please contact Beverly Growden, General Manager firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6260 7005.