Two new Creative Fellows for 2020

Following on from local artist, Lisa Cahill, Canberra Glassworks will welcome one national, Brenden Scott French (SA) and one international artist Carrie Iverson (USA), as the new Art Group Creative Fellows.

Brenden Scott French is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative artists working in glass. Throughout twenty years of professional practice his artistic output has relied heavily on the application of colour to explore conceptual foundations and a diverse approach to medium and technique. Encompassing a breadth of skill with glass in both glass blowing and kiln forming, the artist creates layered panels composed of blocks of colored glass murine rods and granules of glass. Once fused together in the kiln the works appear almost painterly. Brenden’s excitement of being announce the 2020 Fellow captured in this statement:

The impact the Art Group Creative Fellowship will have on my career will be significant. It will provide an inspiring environment to become immersed in creative prosperity and support the development of work underpinned by rigorous scholarship. Also, through multiple media platforms, I will promote and connect to the intellectual dialogue of the broader ACT, national and international creative community.”

Brenden will be in residence from January to end of June 2020.

Carrie Iverson is an artist whose has been exploring the intersection of glass and printmaking as both an artist and educator for the past fifteen years and plans to conduct in-depth research on the topic during her Fellowship. As part of her studio experiments, Iverson has developed an image transfer for glass process, an innovative technique which uses principles from lithography to create a print composed entirely of sheet glass and glass powder. She has subsequently continued to develop this process in her own work, and to teach it at many studios in the US and around the world.

“This fellowship will allow me to continue this momentum through the creation of a new and focused body of work as well as the invaluable opportunity of connecting with the Australian glass community” says Carrie.

Carrie will be in residence from May to end of July 2020

The purpose of the Art Group Creative Fellowship is to foster a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and professional practice within the Glassworks and the wider community. In 2020 both Brenden and Carrie will work from a dedicated studio space at the Canberra Glassworks where they will research and develop these complex processes while also working with the glass community as mentors.

As an Art Group Creative Fellow, both Brenden and Carrie are provided with a dedicated studio space, accommodation, a cash stipend of AUD$10,000 each and free access to the facilities and equipment (with very few limitations). The Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of local development company Art Group.