Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Kirra Galleries - 100th Exhibition

'Clouds' by Ben Sewell.


On Thursday 2 May we opened our 100th exhibition – “Perspectives: Interior-Exterior” featuring the work of Kate Baker, Brenden Scott French, Christopher John, Mikyoung Jung, Simon Maberley, Ruth Oliphant and Ben Sewell.  We were delighted to welcome the Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria MP to our Gallery at midday to officially open the exhibition and help us cut an amazing celebratory cake.

Ms Victoria said, "The success of any partnership between gallery and artist requires a combination of trust, appreciation, confidence and hard work. This is reflected in both the quality of the work exhibited at Kirra and in the number of artists it represents. Congratulations to Kirra Galleries, not just on reaching this milestone of 100 exhibitions, but for fifteen years of fostering new talent, actively promoting the work of Australian glass artists and contributing to Victoria's renowned arts scene."

The Hon Heidi Victoria with Peter Kolliner watching a demonstration by Christian Arnold
The Hon Heidi Victoria with Peter Kolliner watching a demonstration by Christian Arnold.

Cutting the 100th  Exhibition cake, the Hon Heidi Victoria with Peter, Barbara and Anton Koliner
Cutting the 100th Exhibition cake, the Hon Heidi Victoria with Peter, Barbara and Anton Kolliner.

Please click on the following either of the following links to view images of the work in the current exhibition.

» View online exhibition catalogue

» Download PDF of exhibition catalogue


Don’t forget to visit Kirra Galleries this week to buy something beautiful and Australian made for your mum – or for a special treat, bring your mum to the gallery and let her choose something from our amazing collection.Perfume bottles by Tony Trivett


We were lucky enough to attend the 16th Ausglass (Australian Association of Glass Artists) Conference which was hosted by the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery – home of the National Art Glass Collection.  The conference chair was Michael Scarrone, Curator at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and he was ably assisted by the wonderful staff at the Gallery, an amazing group of volunteers, Friends of the Gallery and the Board and Members of Ausglass.

Wagga Wagga, home of the National Art Glass Gallery

The Members exhibition, Ensemble, officially opened on Thursday 4 April features the best of the best of Australian artists and fully justifies the worldwide acceptance and renown of the quality of Australian Art Glass. 

The conference, Collective Vision, was opened on Friday morning by Ausglass’ incredibly hardworking President, Anne Clifton and Anne was followed by an inspirational keynote address from Tina Oldknow.  Tina has been the Curator of Modern Glass at the Corning Museum since 2000 and has also authored a number of publications about American Studio Glass and its makers.

Over the next 3 days we were inspired, entertained, and enthralled by a number of speakers, including artists, collectors and museum curators – all focussing on the theme of the conference, Collective Vision.  Obviously a highlight – and we are not biased – was the presentation by our Gallery Director, Peter Kolliner!!! 

As well as the presentations in the Civic Theatre delegates at the Conference were able to experience live Flamework demonstrations and some of the artists involved were Christian Arnold, Laurie Young, Mark Elliot and Peter Minson, as well as Bandhu Dunham, an internationally recognised Flamework glass artist, who amazed us with his kinetic sculptures made from borosilicate glass.  Kristin McFarlane and Brenda Page also presented an interesting demonstration which focussed on the insertion of text and imagery inside glass.

A book titled “Australian Signatures” was launched on Saturday night at the conference and it is a publication which presents a wide range of major examples from the National Art Glass Collection from its beginning in 1979 to the present day.  The book also includes seven essays written by some of Australia’s leading artists/writers.

Early on Sunday morning a number of delegates were seen heading to Wagga Wagga Beach – yes, there is a beach in Wagga Wagga!!   The barbeque was firing and egg and bacon rolls were on top of the menu – and then the typical conference event – The Gumboot Toss on the beach!  We didn’t realise how many ways a gumboot could be thrown – overarm, underarm, like a discus, full of sand, empty and even backwards.  The prize was a glass gumboot made by Eileen Gordon and engraved by Alasdair Gordon.

Following the Annual General Meeting on Sunday afternoon the Ausglass Auction was held -  a wonderful event offering the attendees an opportunity to purchase Art Glass items and other ephemera donated by the members in support of their association.

There was a closing party on Sunday night and on Monday we farewelled Wagga Wagga, the wonderful weather (which Michael Scarrone assures us that he arranged) and all our friends, but it is only 2 years until the next conference which will be held in Adelaide in 2015.

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery at night
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery at night

We are looking forward to seeing you throughout the year. 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 Director Kirra Galleries
Phone: 03 9639 6388

Kirra Galleries - Federation Square