Diplomacy: Translations in Glass
An exhibition that responds to the international glass collections and glass traditions represented by diplomatic missions in Canberra.
Guest Curator: Ivana Jirasek
Participating artists and their focus country:
Helen Aitken-Kuhnen (Japan), Andrew Baldwin (Malta), Erin Conron (Belgium), Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott (Italy), Hannah Gason (France), Elizabeth Kelly (Finland), Klaus Moje (USA), Lienors Torre (Czech Republic)
Image: Diplomacy: Translations in Glass, Installation View, Canberra Glassworks. Photo by David Paterson.
11 February to 16 April
6:00pm 11 February
Jenni Kemarre Martiniello: ReInventing the Weave
Jenni Kemarre Martiniello is an acclaimed contemporary artist with Arrente Ancestry and connections to her Grandmother’s country in Central Australia.
In 2013 Martiniello was awarded the prestigious 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. She is regarded as one of the most significant Australian artists working with glass today. Her art practice intertwines traditional Venetian glass techniques with ancient Indigenous Australian functional sculpture objects. These exquisite works pay tribute to woven forms drawn from a rich cultural heritage.
The exhibition showcases a diverse range of works, including dilly bags and fish traps from the regions of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory and the unique bicornual baskets from North Queensland.
Weaving is an integral part of Aboriginal cultures and Martiniello’s work brings this into focus. The work celebrates this rich and diverse tradition through a contemporary context. Using the fluid nature of molten glass, her work re-explores and re-invents the weave. Within the play of glass, colour and light, the viewer is offered a new way to engage with the complex beauty and depth of these forms, giving them the power to evoke ancestral connections. Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, who currently lives and works in Canberra, and her team of selected artists, connect glass innovation with ancient traditional practices, producing beautiful and inspirational works of art.
Curator: Kelli Cole
Image: Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Installation Shot, Canberra Glassworks. Photo by Adam McGrath.
25 April to 07 June
6:00pm 24 April
New Glass 2015: Archaeology, Excavation and the Arcane
In June 2015 the Canberra Glassworks celebrates the centenary of our home, the historic Kingston Powerhouse. We are taking the opportunity to celebrate the past while looking to the future, with an exhibition featuring the work of a new generation of Australian glassmakers.
The exhibition will be a curated selection of exciting new glass talent whose work pushes boundaries of traditional studio practice in concept and execution. It is themed around the
ideas of archaeology, excavation and the arcane, encouraging visitors to think about what history is, how we uncover it and the unexpected secrets it holds.
Participating artists: Lucy Quinn (QLD), Nick Adams (ACT), Georgina Cockshott (VIC), Lea Douglas (ACT), Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ACT) and Alex Valero (SA).
Curator: Magda Keaney
Image: Ngaio Fitzpatrick, New Glass, Installation Shot, Canberra Glassworks. Photo by Adam McGrath.
18 June to 30 August
6:00pm 17 June
The Distant Warriors: Ka Maumahara (We Will Remember) Let Us Not Be Forgotten
A special ANZAC Centenary exhibition inspired by the stories of the Indigenous Australian and Maori soldiers.
With the authority of language and the power of art, our men will not be forgotten; their stories are kept alive within us and will be retold for many generations to come.
The exhibition, only at the Canberra Glassworks, honours our fallen and our survivors.
Participating artists: Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Lyndy Delian, Joyce Graham, Allison Hoolihan, Hayley Hoolihan, Lyn Talbot, Jenny Dries from the Australian Capital Territory; Victorian artist Treahna Hamm; and New Zealand Maori weavers Ruth Port and Mandy Sunlight.
Curator: Kelli Cole
09 September to 19 November
6:00pm 09 September
Borland + Borland
Borland + Borland, a celebration of the work of sisters Emma and Polly Borland.
An exhibition of glass and photography, considering the formal and conceptual qualities of each practice.
Emma Borland is a renowned glass artist based in Melbourne.
Polly Borland, currently based in Los Angeles, is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary photographers.
Image: Emma Borland, Borland + Borland, Installation Shot, Canberra Glassworks. Photo by Adam McGrath.
03 December to 07 February
6:00pm 02 December