2023 Exhibition Program
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Join us for the opening of Tom Rowney’s Aventurine Spirit, Saturday 11 March from 4pm at Canberra Glassworks. RSVP Here
9 March to 7 May 2023
Coming in March 2023, an engaging selection of recent works by the extraordinary glass artist Tom Rowney. With a focus on Venetian traditions, Rowney conjures amazing shapes, textures, and patterns, transforming the everyday into objects of desire. Always pushing boundaries, Rowney is well known for his cones, cups, spheres, and bud vases created with stunning colourings including aventurine green and ruby red. With an eye to bling and frippery, Rowney combines classic elements of glass blowing with enchantment and style. Daring form and structured contemporary shapes are embellished with meticulous fine linework and shimmering texture, pushing the functional into a fluid aesthetic.
Curated by Caroline Field
Pictured: Tom Rowney, Bronze Low Form – Tesserae Series (detail), 2022, blown glass. Photo by Adam McGrath.
09 March to 07 May
4:00pm 11 March
Touring 2022 – 2024
Upending Expectations: Contemporary Glass
Gabriella Bisetto, Cobi Cockburn, Nadege Desgenetez, Mel Douglas, Rose-Mary Faulkner, Nicholas Folland, Kirstie Rea, Harriet Schwarzrock, Brendan Van Hek and Annie Cattrell (UK)
Launching in Victoria exclusive to Dandenong, Upending Expectations: Contemporary Glass celebrates a diverse range of artists whose experimental, innovative and at times cross-disciplinary practice, utilises glass and its properties of light, transparency and reflection.
Curated by Frances Lindsay AM and produced by Canberra Glassworks, Upending Expectations: Contemporary Glass is scheduled to tour from 2022 to 2024 supported by the Australian Council for the Arts through the Contemporary Touring Initiative.
Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre Greater Dandenong, Victoria showing from June 2022.
Outback Arts Coonamble, NSW showing 16 March to 26 April 2023.
Pictured: Gabriella Bissetto, Cell Structure 2#, 2021, blown, hot sculpted and chemically bonded glass, mirror, steel. Photo by Eliza Britton for Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre.
Official OpeningView Catalogue
Louis Grant, Jessica Murtagh, Madisyn Zabel, Shirley Jianzhen Wu
12 January to 26 February 2023
Net Worth showcases four emerging artists working in glass: Louis Grant, Jessica Murtagh and Madisyn Zabel, Shirley Jianzhen Wu. This exhibition provides a platform for these artists to explore concepts of identity, societal stereotypes, and technology overlayed with history and craftsmanship engrained in glass making. Each provides a unique commentary on today’s expectations of self-worth, perceived worth and financial worth, and how evolving values may guide our future.
Gallery Floor Talk: Saturday 18 February 2023 from 2pm
Join us as we learn about the experimentation, ideas and creations behind our current exhibition in this artist led discussion at Canberra Glassworks.
Pictured: Shirley Jianzhen Wu, Xíng ?, 2023, flame worked borosilicate glass, Eucalyptus cneorifolia essential oil, sola wood (Aeschynomene aspera), pine, cotton thread, reed, silicone. Photo by Brenton McGeachie for Canberra Glassworks.
12 January to 26 February
4:00pm 14 JanuaryView Catalogue