Observations: Christine Cholewa
This solo exhibition by South Australian 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.
Image: Christine Cholewa, Callistemon, blown Glass with Colour Overlay, Sandblasted, 2013. Photo courtesy of the artist.
05 February to 13 March
6:00pm 12 February
Clarity: Shirley Hersch
Inspired by a deep sense of curiosity, Shirley Hersch’s installation, Clarity evokes the sea, its dreamlike qualities and fragile beauty.
Image: Shirley Hersch, Clarity, installation view, Canberra Glassworks. Photo by Greg Piper.
05 February to 13 March
6:00pm 12 February
The Tree features new work by twenty-five established and emerging Australian glass artists.
Each was approached with the open brief of creating works in response to the theme ‘the tree’. They were asked to consider our relationship to the tree, our understanding of it in all its forms, functions and capacity.
The exhibition presents a myriad of artistic interpretations, as diverse and intriguing as the multiplicity of techniques utilised in the making of the works. The range of approaches to the subject includes humour, metaphor, studies of nature, sustainability and materiality.
Some works are inspired by tree patterning – echoing and mimicking colour, form and texture. Others draw on mythology and tree stories, relating wisdom gleaned from the kindness and benevolence of the tree, or embodying tales of personal experience, connection and adventure. There is contemplation of the tree in our landscape, the role it plays in forming our impression of our surroundings, and our sense of community and belonging. Also well-represented are considerations on our reliance on the utility of the tree for food, fuel and shelter. Finally, there is deliberation on the awesome beauty and majestic form of the tree, both figuratively and abstractly through the translation of microscopic detail and biological processes.
The Tree invites the contributing artists and visitors to reflect on the impact of the tree in the world we inhabit. It is a celebration of two natural materials, glass and wood, and a showcase of the skill, vitality and creativity of contemporary Australian artists working with glass.
Curated by Clare Belfrage
Exhibition Design & Coordination by Ruth White
Artists: Matt Curtis, Kirstie Rea, Mel Willis, Emilie Patteson, Tom Moore, Yusuke Takemura, Giselle Courtney, Mel George, Nadege Desgenetez, Nudibranch, Maureen Williams, Ben Sewell, Mikyoung Jung, Bridget Thomas, Harriet Schwarzrock, Sui Jackson, Belinda Toll, Holly Grace, Jacqui Gropp, Clare Belfrage, Deirdre Feeney, Miki Kubo, Penny Fuller, Suzanne Peck, Tim Edwards, Scott Chaseling, Alana Corr, Jer-emy Lepisto, Erin Conron, Mel Douglas, Jenni Martiniello, , Lisa Cahill, Luna Ryan, Masahiro Asaka, Christine Atkins, Alex Fraser Smith, Hilary Crawford, Annette Blair
Image: Yusuke Takemura, Routes, 2014, blown glass and branch of tree. Photo courtesy of the artist.
19 March to 08 May
6:00pm 26 March
Nick Mount: The Fabric of Work
The pieces presented in this exhibition describe the dominant themes and aesthetic of my work over the last few years. Some of the pieces are new, while a few have been included for their particular significance in the telling of the story. The Scent Bottles, Plumb Bobs, Bubbles and Still Life compositions all describe an evolution in my work that weaves the yarn into a simple fabric that supports my belief in the importance of family, community and hand work.
I identify as a maker and believe “work” is fundamental in the development of identity. This principal extends well beyond those of us that call ourselves “craftspeople” and, for me, the fabric of our community is, to a large extent, determined by the work we do with our hands.
My new work is based on these ideas and very clearly demonstrates the input and influence of the community of the Glass Studio at JamFactory.
Image: Nick Mount, Reclining Bobs #010114, 2014, blown glass. Photo by Pippy Mount.
14 May to 19 June
6:00pm 14 May
Canberra Glassworks and Megalo Print Studio have partnered to offer eight artists a unique opportunity to explore the connections between printmaking and glass practice during a two-month residency where they will work across the facilities of Canberra Glassworks and Megalo. The project is appropriately called GLINT, a combination of Glass and Print. The eight artists were selected as a result of an Expression of Interest process include Annika Romeyn, Annie Trevillian, Melinda Willis, Dionisia Salas, Emilie Patteson, Mark Thiele, Scott Chaseling and Ben Rak.
Image: Work by Melinda Willis, Glint, installation view, Canberra Glassworks. Photo by Adam McGrath.
25 June to 03 August
6:00pm 02 July
Ramamok Glass Prize
Ranamok Glass Prize 2014 is the twentieth year of this prestigious Australian and New Zealand annual Glass Prize. The finalists’ work in this prize is shown first at Canberra Glassworks where the winner is announced. This show captures the amazing range of artworks currently being made in glass from Australia and New Zealand.
2014 winner: Kathryn Wightman
Finalists: Catherine Aldrette-Morris, Christian Arnold, Chris Boha, Lee Brogan, Roger Buddle, Estelle Dean, Evelyn Dunstan, Mark Eliott, Judi Elliott, Holly Grace, Jeffrey Hamilton, Sue Hawker, Lee Howes, Elizabeth Kelly, Te Rongo Kirkwood, Richard Morrell, Kirstie Rea, Paddy Robinson, Shizue Sato, Yusuke Takemura, Mark Thiele, Lienors Torre, Emma Varga, Richard Whiteley, Kathryn Wightman, Nick Wirdman, Robert Wynne, Ben Young
Image: Kathryn Wightman, Carpet, 2014, kilnformed glass.
13 August to 18 September
6:00pm 12 August
An exhibition of curious and exquisite light works and lighting features by artists including Brian Corr, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliot, 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.
Guest curator: Olivia Meehan
Image: Absorb, installation view, Canberra Glassworks. Photo by Adam McGrath.
24 September to 06 November
6:00pm 01 October
GLASS X DESIGN
In our contemporary world the potential for innovation and creativity through the synergy of glass and design is an exciting and dynamic direction for practitioners from both fields. We have asked designers and glass artists to work in
pairs joining intellect and skills to collaboratively produce a new product or suite or works. This cross-disciplinary exhibition will include both established and emerging designers and glass artists from across Australia.
George Agius X Jason Bird
Ruth Allen X Dan Lorrimer/Mitchell Brooks
Kristel Britcher X Gilbert Riedelbauch
Lisa Cahill X Chris Hardy
Cobi Cockburn X Robert Foster
Nadège Desgenétez X Tom Skeehan
Kumiko Nakajima X John Quan
Blanche Tilden X Erin Hinton
Image: GLASS X DESIGN, Installation view, Canberra Glassworks. Photo by David Paterson
12 November to 25 January
6:00pm 20 November