Wagga Wagga, the full story…

22 03 2010

Just as we’d posted the snap of the winner of Wagga’s National Student Glass Art Prize last week, we received the whole shebang in longhand, so to speak…

National Student Art Glass Prize: Winner Announced

The inaugural winner of the National Student Art Glass Prize (NSAGP) was announced at the official launch of the Prize exhibition on Friday evening, 12 March, by Kay Hull MP, Federal Member for the Riverina. A crowd of patrons of the arts and glass enthusiasts gathered in front of the National Art Glass Gallery as the Prize was awarded to Belinda Toll from the Australian National University for her work Time contained, an exploration of the notion of memory.

Belinda graduated with first class honours in glass at the end of 2009 from the School of Art at the Australian National University. Time contained, a series of dark orbs with glimmering images hidden inside, was chosen from a field of twenty-four students of art glass from across Australia. Three students were also Highly Commended: CJ Taylor from the South Australian School of Art for Leviathan (towards away), featuring video projection through a glass screen; Kirsten Costello from Monash University for The Fancy Rats; and Christopher Boha, also from South Australia, for The Space In/Between: 24 Weeks, an installation featuring origami flowers in glass domes.

All of the artworks on show displayed an extraordinary range of virtuoso skills in every technique, beautiful, evocative and thought-provoking. The judges, who had the challenging task of selecting a single winner out of so many outstanding pieces, included Maureen Williams, one of Australia’s most prominent and internationally recognised glass artists, Barbara McConchie (former head of Craft ACT) and Cath Bowdler, director of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. The exhibition was curated by Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s Curator of Glass, Michael Scarrone, who said at the opening that he was “completely blown away by the support of the art glass community and Wagga Wagga City Council.”

Belinda Toll will take up her prize later this year, an all-expenses-paid trip to attend two master classes at North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland, one of the world’s most renowned centres for the practice and development of art glass. The two master classes are Building of Form, a solid glass casting and slumping master class led by Anna Matouskova, and An American/Venetian Experience, which will focus on Venetian off hand glassblowing techniques, neo-classical forms and clean line in blown glass, led by Dante Marioni and Benjamin Moore. Time contained will become part of the National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, and will be on display, with all the works selected for the exhibition, until Sunday, 6 June.

NSAGP conceived and exhibition curated by Michael Scarrone. For further information, please contact Michael Scarrone at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on 02 6926 9670

Looks like a great time was had by all…

..and it was attended by all the important peeps…

Thanks Mikey, for sending through the good oil – and all the snaps. Makes it almost as good as being there.

Our personal faves were Kirsten Costello’s rats…

and Nathan Allan’s rock stack (probably ‘cos it reminded us so much of Brenden Scott French’s work)…

…and, of course, Bernz Foster’s critters…

Check out the rest of the field here. (Apologies for incomplete labelling – we don’t have a catalogue.)





To the ‘Berra and back, don’t spare the horses…

21 03 2010

Last week the Gang did a lightning raid on the Canberra culture scene – GAD and ANU School of Art grad program ** to be more precise – there to briefly mingle with old confrères…but most specifically to catch Nicki Dickson’s grand (PhD) finale.

First port of call was the Gallery of Australian Design, where Jas Hugonnet is clearly in his element; architecture, design, the minimalist aesthetic…and a veritable spit from the edge of Lake Burley Griffin – could there possibly be a more perfectly suited workplace for him! Fits like a glove, we tells ya. Happy happy joy joy. Anyway, it was a very swish ambassadorial affair (the show was being opened by the Mexican ambo, and the dippos were out in droves) – so Jas’s clientel is clearly all class, too.

Very hip show – Glenn Murcutt’s our fave Aussie architect and Barragán, who, we discovered, had a serious thing for pink…

…gotta love that.

Then we skipped across the lake to Nicki’s opening…and serious apologies to the artist – we didn’t manage a decent snap of her, so you’ll have to just make do with the work…

…which is just fabulous…

Exhibition ends Friday 26th March, so you’d better get your skates on if you want to see it in the flesh.

Snaps of all the beautiful peeps here.

** please note, you need Adobe Reader to open this pdf document.





National Student Art Glass Prize at Wagga Wagga…

20 03 2010

The official word from the National Art Glass Gallery…

The Inaugural National Student Art Glass Prize was officially launched at the National Art Glass Gallery on Friday 12 March 2010, by Kay Hull Federal Member for the Riverina in front of patrons of the arts and members of the Australian Glass community. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Glass Curator Michael Scarrone said he was “completely blown away by the support of the art glass community and Wagga Wagga City Council.” The student work in the exhibition ranged from beautiful, to thought provoking and technically challenging making choosing a winner a tough job for judges Maureen Williams, Barbara McConchie and Cath Bowdler. However CJ Taylor, Kristen Costello and Christopher Boha were awarded Highly Commended certificates. The winner of the inaugural National Student Art Glass Prize was Belinda Toll from ANU with her work Time contained, an exploration of the notion of memory. Toll will take up the prize of all expenses-paid masterclasses in the world renowned North Lands Creative Glass centre in Scotland later in the year.

 





Highway art…

18 03 2010

Spotted at Nimmitabel…

We have no idea how long it’s been there (we’ve not done a daytime run to the ‘Berra for a while…) and on closer inspection there was no plaque regarding the work, artist, whatsitallaboutalfie. Perhaps it’s the result of the community project-stimulus package doled out to regional councils by the Feds last year.

At least it’s more appropriate than that silly elephant at the bakery.





Week in review: Tanja Riese, Yoof and Philip Cox’s…

15 03 2010

A quickie round of last week’s events…

There’s been so much on in the last month that we’ve not had a moment spare to post the Tanja Riese (winner of the FSCLAP scholarship 2009) exhibition, Journey of Arrival, currently showing at the BVRG. Actually, the crowd at the opening was packed like pilchards – and we were so busy running the bar that we had no time whatsoever to get any snaps off. Last week, however, was Tanja’s Art Café floor talk and proceedings were far more gently paced…

Plenty of interest had obviously been stirred by the Artscape piece on the ABC, and response to the show has no doubt been very gratifying for Tanja. And what a relief, one imagines, to have that 16-odd months of pressure behind her. Time for some well-deserved R&R, wethinks.

On Friday evening Spiral Gallery kicked off the upcoming Youth Season with their annual Youth Show (participating artists pictured below…)

And on Saturday the Gang and Brigitte went for a sticky beak at Sculpture on the Edge’s open day at Philip Cox’s coastal retreat, overseen by Jan and Beatle…

A literal stone’s throw from the Murrah River mouth, it’d be hard to take for a weekend get-away…

We found our ideal bedroom(!!)…

                                                              (…just a bed with a wall of wine, perfeck!)

We didn’t get there until late in the day, so it was a fairly whirlwind tour; having met Michael Snape at the Sculpture Symposium the week before it was nice to come across some of his work…

and the highlight, of course, was seeing Beatle Collin’s original waves in situ

All a tad brief, we know – but the Candelo Pool beckons. Ciao, ciao.





The Chandelier Files…

13 03 2010

As promised, Joseph Cavalieri’s Flipping the Bird Chandelier – perfeck for the brekky nook…

Thanks again Spike – choice.





More party shots, from Pooh…

11 03 2010