Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kirra Galleries News - SEGUE Exhibition Opening

Dr Noris Ionnou opening
the SEGUE Exhibition

Dr Noris Ioannou officially opened the SEGUE exhibition at Kirra Galleries last Thursday evening.  The exhibition features the work of four renowned Australian Glass Artists, Catherine Aldrete-Morris, Dr Gerry King, Keith Rowe and Emma Varga.

Dr Ioannou said at the exhibition opening:
"All of these works by these four artists are personable and striking forms.  They engage the senses and intellect, they fuse curvature, outline and surface with colour and patterns in new and vigorous ways.

What else have these artists in common? 

Passion - and an intensity of commitment to glass akin to the very complexities of the material they manipulate." 

Dr Ioannou is the author of 'Australian Studio Glass: the movement, its makers and their art'. He is currently the Coordinator of J-Studios Artist Community, North Fitzroy.

17 November 2011 - 11 December 2011

Kirra Galleries, Federation Square
(enter via Atrium)

Catherine Aldrete-Morris 

Emma Varga

Keith Rowe

Gerry King

Kathryn Selby Pianist
Kirra Galleries is delighted to welcome renowned chamber music presenter Selby & Friends (S&F) to the BMW Edge Theatre at Fed Square - its new home in 2012.

To celebrate, Kirra Galleries, in association with Selby & Friends, is pleased to make this special offer available to our valued patrons: buy one ticket, get one free to the season opener at BMW Edge on Wednesday 21 March 2012 at 7.30pm. To take advantage of this offer, simply call the S&F office on (02) 9969 7039 and quote 'Kirra Galleries'.

The 2012 Selby & Friends season showcases stunning musical talent whilst presenting a magical variety of ensembles from duos to quartets. Described as "..encapsulating the chamber music experience: intimate, involving music among friends" (SMH, 2011) the 2012 season encompasses works by Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich, Dvorak, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Chopin and more, whilst highlighting the talents of nationally and internationally renowned Australian performers. Pianist Kathryn Selby's inimitable approach to engaging audiences from the stage with her guest performers makes for unforgettable evenings of exquisite music.

"As a long-standing follower of S&F, I can personally vouch for the outstanding quality of these concerts and hope that you can join me and my wife at the first performance of the year by taking advantage of this special offer."

For all the season details, contact S&F for a free brochure or visit www.selbyandfriends.com.au

Tickets from only $42.
Offer expires 16/12/11

Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets

Phone:   +613 9639 6388
Fax:       +613 9639 8522
Email:   gallery@kirra.com
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 10.00am-6.00pm


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Australian Glass Artists head to Chicago for SOFA

Momo by Tevita Havea

Kirra Galleries Promotes Australian Glass Artists in Chicago

Some of Australia's leading glass artists will leave Australia shortly to take part in one of the world's major annual exhibitions of contemporary glass art in ChicagoThe artists will be part of the 18th Annual International SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) exhibition, which will take place at Chicago's historic Navy Pier from Thursday 3 November to Sunday 6 November 2011.  

Kirra Galleries will exhibit the work of twelve Australian Glass Artists at SOFA, showcasing a variety of techniques.
Mr Peter Kolliner OAM, Gallery Director said "for eight years, Kirra Galleries, located in Federation Square in Melbourne, through its policy of promoting Australian Contemporary Glass Artists internationally, has taken the work of some forty artists to the renowned SOFA exhibition with the support of the Australian Government through Austrade and the Australia Council.
Mr Kolliner said, "Kirra Galleries attendance at SOFA Chicago has resulted in many of our emerging artists gaining recognition from international collectors and galleries. Their works are now included in many of the most prestigious private and public collections in the USA.  Through this exposure they have also gained international representation allowing them to make a full-time commitment to their art."  
"This year we will be represented by our Gallery Manager and Curator, Suzanne Brett and the Gallery's Administration Manager, Vicki Winter".
"The success of Kirra Galleries' exhibition at SOFA is supporting the development of international markets and recognition for Australian artists, providing new and emerging glass artists the opportunity to gain international exposure."

To celebrate and promote the artists and their works being exhibited at the 18th Annual International SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) exhibition, Kirra Galleries have released a Special Report - Download 2011 SOFA Report.

 Artists being showcased in the 2011 SOFA exhibition in Chicago include:
George Aslanis, Tevita Havea, Mikyoung Jung, Laurel Kohut, Simon Maberley, Ruth Oliphant, Tim Shaw, Crystal Stubbs, Emma Varga, Bethany Wheeler, Robert Wynne and Takemura Yusuke.