Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Kirra Galleries News - Selby and Friends

This is our first Kirra Galleries News for 2012 in which we celebrate our tenth anniversary at Federation Square. It seems like only yesterday that the Premier of the day - Steve Bracks cut a ribbon at 11.00am and two minutes later walked into the Gallery.     

I have always been a lover of Classical music and am a great fan of Kathy Selby and her Trio, Selby and Friends.  Kathy is one of Australia's pre-eminent pianists and has been giving concerts at Melbourne University's Conservatorium, but is moving her venue to Federation Square's BMW Edge.  Our Gallery is thrilled at the move and is pleased to mark the occasion by welcoming the Trio and those members of the audience who are on our email list see details of special offers below.

I look forward to welcoming you for post concert cocktails and a chance to meet the artists on Wednesday 21 March 2012.

Selby and Friends

Selby and Friends comes to Federation Square

Selby and Friends presents A Ghost at the CafĂ©, a stunning program of piano trios at BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square on Wednesday 21st March @ 7:30pm featuring Beethoven's 'Ghost' trio, Shostakovich's gut-wrenching response to WWII with his second trio, a set of Miniatures by the English master Frank Bridge and the extraordinary mix of jazz, ragtime and blues in Schoenfield's iconic Cafe Music piano trio.  Artistic Director Kathryn Selby (Piano) is joined by former Australian String Quartet leader Sophie Rowell (Violin) and virtuoso cellist Clancy Newman visiting from New York. 

KIRRA GALLERIES' patrons will receive a 10% discount from the cost of their concert tickets by quoting KIRRA when purchasing online, or over the phone on 02 9969 7039. Offer expires March 20th.  Please visit Selby and Friends website for further details on this concert and their entire season at BMW Edge -

KIRRA GALLERIES' patrons who purchase tickets using the above code will also be warmly invited to a post-concert cocktail party at KIRRA GALLERIES to not only meet the performers and share a glass of wine, but also view our exhibition, 'OSMOSIS' featuring the work of Tevita Havea and Harriet Schwarzrock.  Any Gallery purchases made on the night, after the conclusion of the concert, will attract a discount of 10%. 

Peter Kolliner OAM
Gallery Director

Featuring the work of Tevita Havea and Harriet Schwarzrock 
1 March 2012 - 1 April 2012
Opening Thursday 1 March 2012 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Kirra Galleries, Federation Square
(enter via Atrium)

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

Phone:   +613 9639 6388
Fax:       +613 9639 8522
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 10.00am-6.00pm

Friday, February 17, 2012

Kirra Galleries Launches 2012 Exhibition Season

Kirra Galleries Launches 2012 Exhibition Season 
Kirra Galleries will launch its 10th season of exhibitions at Federation Square with new works from two of Australia's most exciting glass artists, Harriet Schwarzrock, based in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, and Tevita Havea from Sydney.

The exhibition titled 'OSMOSIS' opens on Thursday 1 March 2012.

Please join us on Thursday 1 March 2012 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm for the opening reception of "OSMOSIS", meet the artists and view the spectacular glass sculptural forms on display.

RSVP: By Monday 27 February 2012
Phone: (03) 9639 6388
or email:

Tevita Havea

Tevita Havea
 Since graduating from the Australian National University School of Art in 2005, Tevita has gained recognition in both Australia and the USA for his innovative work influenced by the cultural environment of his native Tonga.    He is one of Australia's foremost emerging artists with a distinctive style using blown glass, woven twine and carved wood to convey the customs and culture of his ancestors in a contemporary style.

In 2007 a piece of his work was purchased by The Corning Museum of Glass and in 2009 he received The New Talent Award from Urban Glass New York and was a finalist in The Ranamok Glass Prize, a travelling exhibition of Australian and New Zealand glass artists.
Artist's Statement   
Tevita Havea's work is a lyrical interweave of Polynesian mythology, custom and creation stories; stories about regeneration and the symbiotic relationship between the feminine and masculine.     

Tama by Tevita Havea

Hikule'o by Tevita Havea

Harriet Schwarzrock     

Sway Wall Piece by Harriet Schwarzrock

Artist's Statement   
Often I am humbled by the fascinating rhythms and interconnectedness of organisms. I endeavour to present sculptural forms that allude to this interconnectivity. Here similar organically inspired elements align and effect those adjacent. It is my intention that the molten plasticity of this diaphanous material provides a shifting cadence, whilst allowing for the interplay of the spaces between.

Russet Sway by Harriet Schwarzrock
Elementally, Schwarzrock's current body of work is derivative of singular cellular forms and their varying structures. The intrinsic complexity of growth and natural forms is a vast field from which Schwarzrock draws inspiration.

She works with repetitive blown glass forms and stainless steel in order to create wall panels and larger sculptural forms, enabling basic components to amass and become multifarious formations. Subtle shifts and individual differences inform the placement of the forms, with the intention to create an ambiguous floating feel within the structures. 

Shifting technologies and expanding scientific understanding expose beautiful and at times random interconnectivity. Such themes of interconnectivity and interdependence are a recurring thread within Schwarzrock's practice.

Harriet Schwarzrock's practice is in itself a shifting puzzle, at times a raucous family affair with contributions from two lovely boys and a wonderful partner. However, at other moments it is a quiet distillation of material, and the contemplation and placement of forms to create sculptural works. Matthew Curtis and Schwarzrock share a studio in Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia, where they run a glass furnace in which they often tint the molten glass to create varied colours and hues.  

Schwarzrock studied in the glass studio at Sydney College of the Arts in the 90's, and was fortunate to have artists such as Elizabeth Kelly, Matthew Curtis, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott teach classes in the hotshop during this period. Perhaps most formative during Schwarzrock's studies was an opportunity to travel to North America to work with and assist both Laura Donefer and Stephen Powell in their varied studio glass practices. 

Schwarzrock claims that she is fortunate to have a wonderful partner and a rambling studio to experiment and work in.

'Osmosis' Exhibition - opening Thursday 1 March 2012.
Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Tel: +613 9639 6388
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 10.00am-6.00pm