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.
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