National Glass Art Gallery - City of Wagga Wagga

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Photographer: Pippy Mount

An extraordinary exhibition from one of the world’s leading studio glass artists is now on display in the National Art Glass Gallery at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery – Nick Mount: the fabric of work. Featuring a series of unique installations of blown, carved and polished glass, assembled with wood and metal components, these works combine a respect for traditional glassmaking techniques with a wry Australian wit. 

Nick Mount has been one of the leading figures in the Australian studio glass movement since the early 1970s. Over the subsequent decades, as both teacher and practitioner, he has made a significant contribution to the development of glass as an artistic medium in this country. Nick Mount exhibits regularly in Europe, the United States and Japan; and his work is represented in major significant private and public collections including state galleries across the country, the National Gallery of Australia, and the National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. 

In 2012, Nick Mount was honoured with the Living Treasure: Masters of Australian Craft Award, which celebrates the achievements of Australia’s most iconic crafts practitioners, from Object: Australian Design Centre.

Describing The fabric of work, Nick Mount explains that, “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.”

Nick Mount: The fabric of work is on display in the National Art Glass Gallery at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday 18 January until Sunday 23 March, 2014. The exhibition will be officially launched by Dr Denis O’Connor on Friday 14 February, at 6pm.

Exhibition Dates
When:    Saturday 18 January – Sunday 23 March, 2014

Exhibition Launch
When:    Friday 14 February, 6pm – 8pm
Where:    National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost:    Free

For further information, please contact Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on +61 2 6926 9660 or gallery@wagga.nsw.gov.au

SOFA - come and see us at Thomas Riley Galleries Booth #1220. Nick and I will be there!

CHICAGO – The 20th annual SOFA CHICAGO, the world’s foremost fair devoted to Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design, will be on view at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall from November 1 – Sunday, November 3, 2013. The three-day event kicks off with an Opening Night Preview on Thursday, October 31 from 5 to 9 p.m., celebrating SOFA CHICAGO’s landmark 20 years with a first look at cutting-edge art and design presented by galleries from across the U.S. and around the world.

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LINKS: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest (May 17, 2013-Jan 2014)

Museum of Glass presents Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest, a new exhibition featuring the work of 21 Australian and five American contemporary glass artists, opening on May 17, 2013 in the Museum’s North and Viola A. Chihuly Galleries and on view until January 2014.

This is the first American museum exhibition dedicated to the wide spectrum of Australian studio glass and the connection between artists and institutions in Australia and the Pacific Northwest.

Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest tells two related stories that began in the 1970s. In 1974, American artist Richard Marquis travelled to Australia to lecture, demonstrate and build glass studios at the invitation of the Australia Council for the Arts. Marquis’ relationship with Australian artist Nick Mount initiated a lineage of blown glass artists in Australia. The second story centers on kiln-formed glass and the relationship between Klaus Moje, founder of the glass workshop at Australian National University in Canberra, and the Bullseye Glass Company in Portland, OR. In 1979 Moje met Boyce Lundstrom, co-founder of Bullseye Glass Company, while at a workshop at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA. At Moje’s instigation, Bullseye Glass Company developed a line of compatible, fusible glass that solved long-standing technical problems. This glass is widely used by Australian artists today.

The artists represented by this exhibition include: Clare Belfrage, Giles Bettison, Gabriella Bisetto, Jane Bruce, Scott Chaseling, Cobi Cockburn, Nadège Desgenétez, Mel Douglas, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott, Tim Edwards, Brendan Scott French, Mel George, Steve Klein, Jessica Loughlin, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Klaus Moje, Tom Moore, Nick Mount, Stephen Proctor, Kirstie Rea, Tom Rowney, April Surgent, Janice Vitkovsky and Richard Whiteley. Approximately four pieces from each artist will be in the exhibition for a total of 92 pieces.

For more information, and a list of exhibition events, visit http://museumofglass.org/exhibitions/links

41st Annual International Glass Invitational & EXPOSE

Habatat Galleries

International Glass Invitational

Saturday, April 27, 2013 to Saturday, May 25, 2013

8:00 pm Saturday, April 27th 2013

Featuring : The most exciting artists working in glass 2013

Over 90 of the finest artists from 18 different countries exhibiting 2 sculptures each during Habatat Galleries 41st International Glass Invitational Award Exhibition. Also on display is for the first time "eXpose" displaying works of 25+ artist never seen before at Habatat! Call today for information and a invitation to VIP events!

http://www.habatat.com/exhibit_international_detail.asp

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Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory

Co-curated by Margaret Hancock Davis, Margot Osborne and Brian Parkes this exhibition brings together 40 contemporary artists, designers and craftspeople all of whom have worked in or are alumni of JamFactory’s studios.

A book is available tracing the history and impact of JamFactory on craft and design locally, nationally and internationally. Purchase our Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory book online.

ANZ is the principal sponsor of our 40th anniversary and the exhibition Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory.

The exhibition is supported by Arts SA’s New Exhibitions Fund, Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia. This exhibition will be toured nationally by Country Arts SA.

http://www.jamfactory.com.au/now-showing.php

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Crossed stitch Tightening the thread between contemporary art and craft

Contempo brings together four artists who are proving that craft is not a dirty word.

From a cross-stitcher to a ceramicist, a textile artist to a glass blower, we hear from practitioners who are introducing audiences to traditional craft techniques while showing us that we shouldn’t be poo-poohing the word craft.

6-7pm: lecture

7-8pm: drinks

Nick Mount
Nick Mount is one of the world’s leading glass artists. His vibrant works range from extraordinarily flamboyant scent bottles to more recent glass fruit pieces.

Wednesday 24 April 2013 6pm – 8pm

BOOK ONLINE

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000
Sydney, Australia

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/calendar/crossed-stitch/