Held in the Fitters Workshop adjacent to Canberra Glassworks, the exhibition of shortlisted works for the inaugural Hindmarsh Prize in 2016 exposed a captive audience to the world-class contemporary glass from around Canberra and the region.
Initiated by arts patron, Mr John Hindmarsh AM and in partnership with Canberra Glassworks, the Hindmarsh Prize has instantly become a much valued, generous and creative contribution to the artists’ local calendar.
9 – 18 June 2017
Exhibition of shortlisted works at the Fitters Workshop, Canberra Glassworks
6pm 9 June 2017
Announcement of winner and VIP opening event
Within my practice I am concerned with repeating and assigning forms to express interconnectivity. The components are most often derivative of biological forms, referencing organic systems. Through the process of making, the blown glass elements formed from breath are inherently tempered by heat and gravity.
Here the composition of these mirrored fluid forms casts light and shade. These components express my desire to seek balance and to understand how structures and experiences ‘fit’ together. They bend and lean into the surrounding space. Elegant yet convoluted, the mirrored surface pools and folds the surrounding space.
These blown glass tendrils loosely scribe the word limitless. Ascribing a sense of the expansive nature of human experience. Whilst referencing the temporal and shifting passage of matter in world.
Exhibition catalogue from Defining moments 2017 at Canberra Glassworks, works by Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock, photos Adam McGrath.
The work I am pursuing is shifting focus to the lines of handwriting, hand-made lines, drawn in space, exploring and embodying the themes of circulation, diffusion and interconnection.
Drawing inspiration from spring and to celebrate Floriade, Fresh Glass pairs studio glass vessels and sculpture with botanical installations. Artists have been invited to collaborate across the mediums to elaborate on one of the most functional forms of glass.
Participating artists: Amanda Dziedzic, Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott, Rose-Mary Faulkner, Amy Hick, Sui Jackson, Peter Nilsson, Harriet Schwarzrock, Belinda Toll and Jonathon Westacott
Floral artists: Shizuko Barber, Bloomin Mad Floral Designs, brave botanics, Lady Larissa, Moxom + Whitney, Natures Child Botanical Styling and Peking Spring
Curator: Narelle Phillips
Exhibition dates: 15 September – 30 October 2016
Reflections, works from Canberra Glassworks and the Parliament House Art Collection, features nine internationally renowned glass artists who have created works that respond to the art, architecture and landscape of Parliament House.
Annette Blair, Lisa Cahill, Mel Douglas, Hannah Gason, Jeremy Lepisto, Ruth Oliphant, Emilie Patteson, Kirstie Rea and Harriet Schwarzrock
22 June to 11 September 2016
Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area, Australian Parliament House, Canberra
breathe #1 won the Helen Hill Smith, Sculpture and Object Prize in The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize in 2014.
These plant-like fronds align to trace the word breathe. The molten plasticity of this diaphanous material, formed by breath and gravity, witness the integral connection of plant-life to cycles of respiration. Although often unconscious, the shifting cadence of our breath can afford an awareness of limitless interconnectivity.
I am humbled by the fascinating rhythms and interconnectedness of life. I endeavour to present sculptural forms that allude to this interconnectivity. Here organically inspired fronds align to trace the word ...effortless
The looseness of the forms respond to how rarely one is aware of breathing, and how innate and integral the cycles of respiration are.
It is my intention that the molten plasticity of this diaphanous material describes a shifting cadence, allowing for the interplay of the spaces between. Whilst witnessing how central breath is to the process of blowing glass.
Initially this series of work was sparked by attending an inspiring yoga course, under a stand of grand old trees. The awareness to one surrounds and the attention to breath, balance and interconnectivity, was an immersive experience. The often changing orientation allowed glimpses of clouds, through rustling leaves and dappled light, yet essentially we are drawn back to our breath.
Read about the prize at HerCanberra.