Canberra Glassworks Artists in Residence revealed

16 artists will be recipients this year.

Words: Erin Irwin

Welcoming artists both established and emerging, the Canberra Glassworks Artist in Residence program gives a group of promising creatives the chance to take full advantage of their array of facilities, including kilns, a glass blowing studio and mould-making equipment. This year has seen 16 successful applicants across five categories.

Hannah Gason and Elliot Bastianon will be working towards a series to be presented at Melbourne Design Fair, representing Canberra at the significant art-world event. Meanwhile, Holly Grace will be furthering her practice with the help of master instrument maker Kevin Bradley, with the artist specifically seeking to utilise glass for video and sound installations. Kathy Elliot will spend her time developing carving techniques on blown glass forms, and Elliat Rich will be undergoing a series of trials and experiments ahead of exhibitions in Canberra, Melbourne, Darwin and Brisbane. Ceramicists Lynda Draper and Janet Fieldhouse will be taking their first steps into glassmaking.

Studio A members Guy Frederick, Thom Roberts, Skye Saxon, and Katrina Brennan will also be part of the program as part of the Glassworks Access & Equity Residency, which aims to give further training to artists with intellectual disabilities and support diverse voices within the arts community.

Kate Shierlaw and Carman Skeehan will be taking part of the New Graduate Residency, which provides opportunities for emerging artists to continue to develop their budding practices.

Canberra Glassworks will also see Spence Messih in attendance as Writer in Residence to work towards a presentation at the Canberra Art Biennale, Peter Nilsson undergo a Canberra Glassworks Mentorship under the guidance of glass blower Annette Blair, and Josie Gluck participate as this year’s Art Group Creative Fellow.

Aimee Frodsham, Canberra Glassworks’ Artistic Director, has said that “we are thrilled to introduce the diverse and talented lineup of artists participating in our 2024 Artist in Residence Program. This year’s cohort includes established and emerging artists from various disciplines, each bringing a unique perspective and creative approach to their practice”.

This article was posted 15 February 2024.

Image: Hannah Gason, Shaping Light series, 2023. Photo: Pew Pew Studio. Courtesy: the artist and Canberra Glassworks, Canberra.

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