Kirra Galleries opened in 1997 and for more than a decade now, have focused on building the finest commercial exhibition galleries focussing on glass, sculpture and jewellery artworks in Australia. They now have an established reputation as leaders in the Australian Contemporary Art Glass Movement.
Kirra Galleries hold a number of exhibitions each year highlighting the incredible diversity of Australian art glass as well as works by artists working in a variety of different media.
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.
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.
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”
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
Prima Vera by Christian Arnold
Lotus and Giselle Courtney
Cas Davey with her pieces, Radiolarian Adaptoramas and Radiolarian Spinearamas
Birds by Peter Minson
Giungla- Orchid Bowl and Giungla Regazza - Orchid Torso by Laurie Young
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.