Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Graphite & Glass by Tony Hanning


Graphite & Glass by Tony Hanning


And now for something totally different with apologies for the late pre-Christmas notice

Many of you on our mailing list are familiar with the immaculate cameo glass works of Dr Tony Hanning. During a recent visit to his studio I noticed some amazing finished drawings on his walls. Given the intricate drawings required in preparation for a cameo glass piece, it comes as no surprise that Tony, in addition to his talents in creating cameo glass, is a consummate draftsman.

I have persuaded Tony to show some of his recent drawings and it is now my pleasure to invite you to a spontaneously organised pre-Christmas exhibition. Also featured will be some of his new glass pieces.

Please join us for champagne and nibbles and an opportunity to meet Tony on
Thursday 5th December between 6.00pm and 8.00pm at our Gallery in Federation Square.


I look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards

Peter Kolliner OAM
Gallery Director




 


When:
Thursday 5th December 2013
Time:
6.00pm - 8.00pm
Where:
Kirra Galleries Federation Square
(enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne VIC

Email:
Phone:
(03) 9639 6388
   


Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

Phone:  +61 3 9639 6388
Fax:     +61 3 9639 8522
Email:   gallery@kirra.com
Web:    www.kirragalleries.com


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Kirra Galleries at SOFA Chicago 2013






SOFA Chicago


Kirra Galleries is proud to announce its 10th Consecutive Exhibition at the annual SOFA Expo in Chicago. 

As you may know, SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) is an annual event held at Navy Pier in Chicago in late October/early November for four days. It is a prestigious event as appearance is by invitation only, and currently we are the only Australian gallery exhibiting out of the 70 international galleries from 11 countries. Overall, more than 800 artists will participate in the four day event that begins with the Opening Night VIP Preview on Thursday, October 31st from 5 to 9pm.

Many of the artists (listed above) whose work we will be exhibiting, have personally decided to join our staff in Chicago. We are hopeful that this year as in previous years we will be successful and make Australia proud.

We would like to express our gratitude to the Australian Government and the Australia Council for the Arts for their support.

We publish a catalogue of the artists represented at SOFA Chicago and please feel free to
download the brochure in pdf format or view online as a flip book.

We look forward to celebrating the best of Australian Glass Art at the 20th Annual SOFA Chicago exhibition.

Please wish us luck.


Kind Regards,



Peter Kolliner OAM


   





Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

Phone:  +61 3 9639 6388
Fax:     +61 3 9639 8522
Email:   gallery@kirra.com
Web:    www.kirragalleries.com


Monday, September 30, 2013

Albert Street Gallery





Albert Street Gallery

Albert Street Gallery

Kirra Galleries is popping up at Albert Street Gallery (Level 1, 7 Albert Street Richmond) for a special exhibition featuring Victorian glass artists.

Christian Arnold
Holly Grace
Tony Hanning
Annabel Kilpatrick
Jennifer Ashley King
Laurel Kohut
Ruth McCallum-Howell
Kristin McFarlane
Crystal Stubbs
Bethany Wheeler
Patrick Wong
Laurie Young

The exhibition will be open from Wednesday 2 October for one week from 11am to 5pm

Please join us at the opening reception on Friday 4 October from 7pm to 9pm at level 1, 7 Albert Street, Richmond to meet some of the artists and view the exhibition.




Wines Sponsored by Blue Pyrenees. http://www.bluepyrenees.com.au



   





Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

Phone:  +61 3 9639 6388
Fax:     +61 3 9639 8522
Email:   gallery@kirra.com
Web:    www.kirragalleries.com


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"Masters In Blown Glass" Opening 26th September 2013






Masters In Blown Glass


Kirra Galleries are excited to present an exhibition – Masters in Blown Glass – featuring a breathtaking collection of works from ten of Australia’s foremost glass artists.

Glass blowing is a glass forming technique which was developed by the Phoenicians around 50BC. The growth of the Roman Empire in the 1st Century BC facilitated the spread of the technology and the growth of glass as a medium of art. The evolution of glass art continued from the Middle Ages through to the European Renaissance when the glass industry in Italy took roots. Whilst all this was happening Australia was a yet to be explored territory. Now, despite our relative youth, glass artists in Australia are world renowned, and this exhibition will illustrate the distinctive styles of the ten artists we are honoured to represent. The artists in the show have been mentors for emerging artists, have lectured overseas and in Australia, have been artists in residence at tertiary institutions, have exhibited their work in international forums and are considered Masters in their chosen field. Please join us on Thursday 26 September at 6.00pm at Kirra Galleries, Federation Square, to celebrate the opening of Masters of Blown Glass.

The exhibition will be opened by Dr Noris Ioannou. Dr Noris Ioannou is the author of “Australian Studio Glass: the movement, its makers and their Art” and “Masters of their Craft”





When:

Thursday 26 September 2013

Time:

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Where:

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

Email:

gallery@kirra.com

Phone:

(03) 9639 6388

For up to date information regarding the schedules of our exhibitions, please refer to the forthcoming exhibition section on our website.


   





Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

Phone:  +61 3 9639 6388
Fax:     +61 3 9639 8522
Email:   gallery@kirra.com
Web:    www.kirragalleries.com


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Kirra Galleries September Newsletter



Flame on Glass 2013
Our 11th Flame on Glass exhibition was opened by the CEO of Fed Square, Kate Brennan on Thursday 15 August 2013 and over the following weekend hundreds of visitors to our Gallery and to Fed Square were able to witness a number of the artists demonstrating their skills at the front of the gallery. 

We would like to thank all the artists who participated in the exhibition and especially those who gave up their time to make glass and interact with the public.   A  huge thank you to Chris Arnold, Giselle Courtney, Cas Davey, Pauline Delaney, Peter Minson, Helen Peake, Veronique Southan, Kathryn Wardill and Laurie Young – without you all we could not offer this amazing experience, and we are all looking forward to an even more spectacular event next year.

The Flame on Glass exhibition is open until Sunday 15th of September, 2013.


Artists demonstrating at Kirra Galleries


Christian Arnold


Prima Vera by Christian Arnold


Lotus and Giselle Courtney


Cas Davey with her pieces, Radiolarian Adaptoramas and Radiolarian Spinearamas


Laurie Young


Birds by Peter Minson


Giungla- Orchid Bowl and Giungla Regazza - Orchid Torso by Laurie Young


Chasing Dreams by Raymond Mifsud


Helen Peake demonstrating in the gallery



For up to date information regarding the schedules of our exhibitions, please refer to the forthcoming exhibition section on our website.

Kirra Galleries Online
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Kirra Galleries Online Shop – this is our new website which allows you to purchase gift items on line.  The web store features work in a  number of price categories and will not be focussing just on glass, we are going to be promoting a range of Australian made products suitable for gifts of protocol, gifts for international visitors, and gifts for any occasion – you don’t need to always visit us at Fed Square…have a look on line, make your selection, pay on line and your purchase will be delivered to your home, beautifully gift wrapped.

www.kirragalleriesonline.com


National Gallery of Australia
We are very proud to announce that the National Gallery of Australia has acquired a piece by Emma Varga from her recent Antarctica exhibition at Kirra Galleries.  The work is titled Underwater Turquoise #3 and we would like to congratulate Emma on this very prestigious honour.


Underwater Turquoise #3 by Emma Varga

Masters of Blown Glass
Masters of Blown Glass

Our last exhibition for the year will be opened on 26 September 2013 at 6.00pm by Dr Noris Ioannou and will feature the work of ten renowned glass artists – Clare Belfrage, Tali Dalton, Ben Edols, Kathy Elliott, Brian Hirst, Nick Mount, Tom Rowney, Maureen Williams, Nick Wirdnam and Robert Wynne.

We look forward to seeing you at the opening


for health youth hope and assurance by Nick Wirdnam


Open Work #1313 by Clare Belfrage


Platinum Black Votive Bowl by Brian Hirst





Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Flame on Glass 2013


Flame on Glass 2013

Peter Kolliner OAM, Gallery Director, is delighted to invite you to the 11th Annual Overview of Contemporary Flame Formed Glass.

Please join us at 6.00pm on Thursday 15 August 2013 for the opening and to meet some of the artists and watch as they manipulate molten glass by blowing and shaping with tools and dexterous hand movement.

Flamework demonstrations will be held in the Atrium within the immediate vicinity of our Gallery from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on opening night and will continue throughout the weekend.

The exhibition will be opened by Kate Brennan CEO, Fed Square Pty Ltd.

When:Thursday 15 August 2013
Time:6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where:Kirra Galleries Federation Square
(enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Phone:(03) 9639 6388
Email:gallery@kirra.com

For up to date information regarding the schedules of our exhibitions, please refer to the forthcoming exhibition section on our website.




   



Demonstrations at Kirra Galleries Flame on Glass 2012

Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

Phone:  +61 3 9639 6388
Fax:     +61 3 9639 8522
Email:   gallery@kirra.com
Web:    www.kirragalleries.com

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Antarctica - Icebergs" Exhibition and News from Kirra Galleries





Antarctica - Icebergs by Emma Varga




Antarctica - Icebergs by Emma Varga
View the works available online or download in pdf format


Emma Varga’s solo exhibition Antarctica-Icebergs was officially opened by Gallery Director, Peter Kolliner, on Thursday 18 July 2013.  During his opening remarks Peter mentioned that he visited the gallery on the eve of the opening to view the work in private and this was his observation – “Looking around and seeing the pieces for the first time, I suddenly became aware that the temperature within the gallery appeared to have fallen, and I began to feel cold!  When this realisation dawned on me I recognised that my body was reacting to messages my eyes were receiving from the work I was observing.  The inspiration and the emotions Emma gained in the Antarctic transmitted themselves to me and impacted in the way I felt.”   It is obvious from his comment that Emma has been able to translate her journey to Antarctica into her amazing sculptures and wall panels.  The panels Emma has produced are inspired by the various forms of Antarctic ice and the surface textures of the massive icebergs she encountered during her study tour in December.   The exhibition will be open until 6.00pm on Sunday 12 August 2013.

Also on display with Emma’s glass works are a number of selected images of her trip – Emma is a keen photographer and from her enormous collection of photographs. We have selected 7 images which are available for sale in limited editions of 9. Each one will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, signed, numbered and dated by the artist.  


 Where:Kirra Galleries Federation Square
(enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000
 Phone:(03) 9639 6388
 Email:gallery@kirra.com

Iceberg #4 By Emma Varga
Dimensions. H: 29.5cm W: 43cm D:5cm

Iceberg #8 By Emma Varga
Dimensions: H29cm D:3cm


Underwater Turquoise # 3 By Emma Varga
Dimensions: H:8cm W: 48cm


Left: Iceberg #7 By Emma Varga
Dimensions: Left H:29cm W:29cm D:4cm
 Right: Iceberg #13 By Emma Varga
Dimensions: H:40cm W: 20cm D:4cm


Iceberg Surfaces #23 By Emma Varga
Dimensions: H:29cm W:29cm


Top Left: Iceberg Surfaces#9 By Emma Varga
Dimensions: H:29cm W:29cm
Top Right: Iceberg Surfaces #12 By Emma Varga
Dimensions: H:29cm W:29cm
Bottom Left: Iceberg Surfaces #13 By Emma Varga
Dimensions: H:29cm W:29cm
Bottom Right: Iceberg Surfaces #10
Dimensions H:29cm W29cm

Artist of the Month
Emma Varga

 
Emma Varga
Emma Varga was born in a region of mid Europe, rich with tradition and art evident in a civilization dating back 2,000 years.  Emma studied at the University of Applied Arts in Belgrade from 1970 to 1975.  Initially she was enrolled to study ceramics but as a third year student she fell in love “with the magical and unique medium of glass”.  Unlike universities of today she was required to attend 6 days per week for 5 years and as part of her course undertook design projects in factories, and in 1973 joined the emerging glass movement in Europe.    After graduating from University Emma became a designer for the Sebastian Gallery in Dubrovnik and collaborated with the Gallery for almost 13 years on a series of projects involving glass for a range of design stores in Yugoslavia.

In the early 1990s Emma fled Yugoslavia because of the war and made the brave decision to relocate to Australia, arriving in Sydney in 1995.  Emma was inspired by the colours of the landscape as the plane flew across the coast, and enthralled as she looked down and saw more amazing colours in the centre of the land.  Over the past 15 years Emma has developed a technique of ‘multiple layers fusing’ which enables her to create and gain control over three-dimensional images inside large transparent glass objects.  To make each of these sculptural objects it is necessary for her to cut thousands of tiny glass elements from clear and transparent coloured glass sheets, combining them with glass frits and stringers.  The sculptures comprise 20 to 400 thin transparent glass layers – a mosaic from coloured glass frits and stringers is assembled on each sheet according to a three dimensional plan.  The layers are then fused in a particular order to form the image and create a sense of movement in the sculpture.  It takes two weeks to fire and slowly cool down the large sculptural works and a further two weeks to grind and polish all of the surfaces to perfection.

In December 2012 Emma, with the assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts, realised a dream and went on a study tour to The Antarctic.  On this trip she took some 10,000 photos as reference for the body of work – “Antarctica: Icebergs” – which was inspired by her experiences of the region.   Emma has been working on this exhibition since her return in December and has used a number of different techniques, casting and pâté de verre to produce glass sculptures and panels synonymous with her memories of Antarctica.

Just prior to the opening of the exhibition at Kirra Galleries, Emma was in Istanbul, teaching at The Glass Furnace, and this is just one of the many education and mentoring sessions that she has been involved in since finishing her studies.  She is keen to share her knowledge with emerging and established glass artists and has the respect of her peers.

In 2013 Emma is celebrating 40 years working with glass and she is still as passionate about her art as she was as a student and, according to Emma, her mind is full of new ideas and the more she works, the more ideas she has and the only limitation is time.  For Emma glass offers a wide range of possibilities and she enjoys the challenge of creating her ideas in glass.



Emma’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in many major collections, both private and public, throughout the world.  Kirra Galleries are proud to be able to represent Emma Varga in Australia and also for the past 5 years at SOFA (Sculpture Objects and Functional Art) in Chicago, USA.



Antarctica IV By Emma Varga
Dimensions: H: 57cm W: 85cm


Antarctica II By Emma Varga
Dimensions: H: 57cm W: 85xm


Antarctica VI By Emma Varga
Dimensions: H: 41cm W: 61cm



Antarctica I By Emma Varga
Dimensions: H: 57cm W: 85cm


If you have any questions or would like further information on any of our pieces, please drop in or give us a call.


Kind Regards,


Peter Kolliner OAM
Gallery DirectorKirra Galleries
Phone: 03 9639 6388
Email: gallery@kirra.com
Web: www.kirragalleries.com