Staff

Julie Skate

CEO

Responsible for the overall operational, financial, business development and human resource management as well as creative overview of Canberra Glassworks.

Julie Skate joined the Canberra Glassworks as CEO in November 2017 and has held a variety of roles in the arts including Director, Artspace Mackay, inaugural curator of The Gallery @ BACC and Public Programs Coordinator for TarraWarra Museum of Art. She also has an extensive background as a Set Designer, designing and project managing sets for television, special and major events.

Julie currently serves as an Australia Council for the Arts Peer Assessor and Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) Peer Judge. Her qualifications include Master of Management (Arts and Cultural Management); Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Indigenous Partnerships; Graduate Diploma of Interior Design and Diploma of Art (Film & Television).

Hours: Monday to Friday
Email: julie.skate@canberraglassworks.com 

Aimee Frodsham

Artistic Director

The Artistic Director is responsible for managing exhibitions, artist residency and access programs, commissioning and retail areas of the Canberra Glassworks. Together with the CEO, we deliver the creative program in this dynamic facility.

Aimee Frodsham began her career as an art handler after graduating from the Glass Department at the Canberra School of Art in 1999. After working on projects such as the installation of the National Museum of Australia and Anzac Hall, Aimee moved to London to work at the V&A and followed by Tate Gallery where she worked as Planning Manager across four of Tate’s gallery sites. Since returning to Australia in 2015, Aimee has renewed her passion for glass as Program Director at the Canberra Glassworks, before moving to Parliament House to take up the position of Program Manager for the Parliament House Art Collection. Aimee has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions including  Hindmarsh Prize 2016 & 2018, Meeting Place – Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers, Design in a Decade the 1980’s and Studies with Light, featuring Kirstie Rea and Lucy Palmer.

Hours: Monday to Friday
Email: aimee.frodsham@canberraglassworks.com 

Rachel Byron

Brand Manager

Hours: Tuesday to Friday
Email: rachel.byron@canberraglassworks.com

Karen Green 

Visitor Experience Retail Manager 

Visitor Experience (V.E) works Wednesday-Sunday in conjunction to public hours. V.E manages our retail store  which stocks, promotes and sells Australian made glass art and production. Also acting as reception, and your first point of call, for the rest of the building.

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday
Email: ve-manager@canberraglassworks.com

Frances Spurgin 

Artistic Programs Coordinator

Frances works with the Artistic Director and Technical team in our residencies and exhibition programming as well as helping to facilitate artists in booking equipment and facility hire. Frances assists in the planning, maintenance and administration of the workshop areas including Hotshop, Coldshops, Mouldroom, Flameworking, Sandblasting and Neon areas.

Hours: Tuesday to Friday
Email: artistic.programs@canberraglassworks.com / frances.spurgin@canberraglassworks.com

Jacqueline Knight

Production & Commissions

Jacqueline works in Production and Commissions at Canberra Glassworks. Providing her insight and understanding as a maker, Jacqueline carefully handles any enquiries for production, private and corporate commissions, corporate gifts, awards and trophies. Jacqueline liaises with clients, designers, craftspeople and makers to achieve high quality products & commissions.

Jacqueline Knight is an Australian glass artist; she is a glassblower, neonbender, kilnworker and coldworker.  In 2002 Jacqueline graduated from the Canberra School of Art, ANU and in 2005 Jacqueline graduated from the Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design Center in Adelaide.  In 2008, she received her MFA from Alfred University, NY USA.   Prior to coming to the Glassworks Jacqueline was Adjunct Professor at Massart (Massachusetts College of Art & Design) in Boston, MA and Visiting Lecturer at Salem State University, Salem MA. She has also taught at Pittsburgh Glass Center, TA’d at Pilchuck Glass School and the Corning Museum of Glass.

Hours: Monday to Thursday
Email: production@canberraglassworks.com / jacqueline.knight@canberraglassworks.com

Brooke McEachern

Digital Engagement & Designer

Hours: Tuesday to Friday
Email: marketing@canberraglassworks.com / brooke.mceachern@canberraglassworks.com

Mary Kendell

Education & Community Engagement Manager

Hours: Tuesday to Friday
Email: education@canberraglassworks.com / mary.kendell@canberraglassworks.com

Pulkit Raichura

Finance Manager

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
Email: pulkit.raichura@canberraglassworks.com 

Ophelia Dela-Cruz

Accountant

Hours: Monday to Friday
Email: Ofelia.Dela-Cruz@canberraglassworks.com

Tom Rowney

Technical Manager

Tom has been making, repairing and maintaining glass studio equipment both in Australia and overseas for over 20 years. He was the first tech employed at Canberra Glassworks and is still currently working to keep the equipment running for the many artists and visitors to the Facility.

Hours: Monday to Thursday
Email: tom.rowney@canberraglassworks.com 

Jonathan Ely

Technician

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday
Email: Jonathan.Ely@canberraglassworks.com 

Isobel Rayson

Arts Administration

Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Email: artsadmin@canberraglassworks.com