Carrick Hill celebrating its 30th pearl anniversary

Carrick Hill celebrating its 30th pearl anniversary

March 07, 2016
Artist Robert Hannaford and Carrick Hill's Sonya Rowell wearing a strand of pearls and holding a Palais Royal trinket box to mark Carrick Hills Year of the Pearl (30th) anniversary holding the picture will include two large scale glass plums newly made by Adelaide’s internationally acclaimed glass artist Nick Mount; The newly made ‘plums’ are part of the exhibition Passion and Taste at Carrick Hill opening 9 March by the SA Governor Also pictured are Robert Hannaford's new reproduction of Joshua Smith, the William Dobell portrait. and An Ivor Hele portrait of Edward Hayward.
CARRICK Hill will celebrate its 30th birthday of public openings by drawing inspiration from the classic milestone anniversary gift — pearls.

The iconic Springfield destination will open a Year of the Pearl program on Wednesday and the first exhibition for 2016 titled Passion and Taste; a celebration of collecting — revealing how the Hayward family created their famous collection of art and antiques and what part it played in their lives.

Richard Hannaford (pictured) with Carrick Hill’s Sonya Rowell will display his reproduction of Joshua Smith the William Dobell portrait which caused a stir in 1943 when it won the Archibald Prize and was denounced by artists as a caricature.

Pearls feature in the Hayward Bequest but are also depicted in paintings in the Hayward’s collection.

Governor Hieu Van Le will open this year’s program.

March 5, 2016 11:47pm

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National Glass Art Gallery - City of Wagga Wagga


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