Thursday, June 11, 2015

KIGA Award Winners Announced


KIGA, Kirra Illuminating Glass Award
It doesn’t seem like one year since the inaugural KIGA, Kirra Illuminating Glass Award, but it is!!! Once again, after months of planning and preparation, the second annual KIGA was launched. We were delighted to join with our Landlords, Fed Square Pty Ltd, to hold this very special event.
We were honoured to have The Hon Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Arts, open the second annual KIGA, announce the Overall winner and this year there was a new award for Most Innovative.
We are pleased to congratulate Richard Morrell, the winner of the $15,000 prize for his work, Bowl of Enlightenment, and James McMurtrie won the Most Innovative prize of $3,000 for Totem.
The Hon. Martin Foley presenting Richard Morrell with his award
The Hon. Martin Foley presenting Richard Morrell with his award
James McMurtrie receiving his award from The Hon. Martin Foley
James McMurtrie receiving his award from The Hon. Martin Foley
Our very happy winners!
Our very happy winners!
L-R: Peter Kolliner OAM, Gallery Director, The Hon Martin Foley, Richard Morrell, Catherine Walter AM, Chair, Fed Square in front of Richard’s winning work, Bowl of Enlightenment.
L-R: Peter Kolliner OAM, Gallery Director, The Hon Martin Foley, Richard Morrell, Catherine Walter AM, Chair, Fed Square in front of Richard’s winning work, Bowl of Enlightenment.
The Hon Martin Foley and James McMurtrie and James’ work, Totem
The Hon Martin Foley and James McMurtrie and James’ work, Totem
The standard of entries was extremely high and the judges had the unenviable task of selecting the winners! The gallery was closed from 3.00pm on Monday 1 June 2015 for the judging so that the judges; Robyn Archer AO, Grace Cochrane AM, Simon Warrender, Jane Sydenham-Clarke and Peter Kolliner OAM could make their selections.
The judges gave honourable mentions to George Agius for her work, ‘Comfort’, Kevin Gordon for ‘Urchin’, Crystal Stubbs for ‘Akin’ and Robert Wynne for ‘Raven’s Trance’.
‘Comfort’ by George Agius ‘Urchin’ by Kevin Gordon
‘Comfort’ by George Agius
‘Urchin’ by Kevin Gordon
‘Akin’ by Crystal Stubbs ‘Raven’s Trance’ by Robert Wynne
‘Akin’ by Crystal Stubbs
‘Raven’s Trance’ by Robert Wynne

We would like to congratulate Richard and James on their winning entries, but also thank all the finalists. As a result of everyone’s hard work there is an amazing display of internally lit glass sculptures at Kirra Galleries at Fed Square. If you haven’t visited please drop in and enjoy the warmth and ambience of the exhibition.
Follow this link to view the KIGA catalogue and see the finalists’ entries:
http://www.kirragalleries.com/2015/2015-06/KIGA-FLIP/index.html

There is also a People’s Choice Award which will be announced on 17 June 2015 – voting is still open online and at the Gallery.
The link for voting online is: http://fedsquare.com/kiga-peoples-choice-award
When you cast your vote you will be entered into the draw to win a Gift Voucher to the value of $200 from Kirra Galleries.
Thank you to our esteemed judges. L-R: Peter Kolliner OAM, Jane Sydenham-Clarke, Simon Warrender, Robyn Archer AO, Grace Cochrane AM
Thank you to our esteemed judges. L-R: Peter Kolliner OAM, Jane Sydenham-Clarke, Simon Warrender, Robyn Archer AO, Grace Cochrane AM

Exhibition Calendar 2015
23 July 2015 to 23 August 2015 - FLOATING
"Floating" has been inspired by the ocean and will showcase the remarkable works of Peter Nilsson and Ben Young - both of whom work in the challenging medium of laminated float glass.

10 September 2015 to 18 October 2015 - FLAME ON GLASS 2015
This will be the 13th annual overview of contemporary flame formed glass - featuring demonstrations of flamework in the immediate vicinity of the gallery over the opening weekend.