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.
In conjunction with Fed Square, Kirra Galleries is pleased to announce KIGA.
In conjunction with Fed Square, Kirra Galleries is pleased to announce the inaugural Kirra Illuminating Glass Award (KIGA).
This award is being held during Fed Square’s Light in Winter program and will comprise of free standing, suspended or wall mounted glass sculptures which are internally lit.
The Award aims to celebrate Australian and New Zealand artists, identify unique skills and highlight the creative practice of glass art and the prize for the winning entry is A$15,000, to be announced at the opening on 3 June 2014. There will also be a Peoples’ Choice Award which will be judged following the opening. The winner will be announced on 17 June 2014 – the prize will be in the form of a trophy.
Artists are invited to submit entry forms and provide us with their concepts for internally-lit glass sculptures to be created and exhibited as part of The Light in Winter 2014.
A Brief History Soon after electricity was harnessed and became freely available, in the late 1800s and more prominently in the first decades of the 1900s, European Glass Artists turned their talents towards the creating of free standing decorative lights, plafoniers and chandeliers. The period was a hot house of creativity – artists such as Emile Gallé of Nancy and Rene Lalique produced enormous quantities of art glass.
The period was short lived as the production involved dangerous materials and was hazardous to the practitioners and as plastics and mass production soon flooded the market.
Believing that the glory years of the Art Nouveau period can be updated, modernised and re-visited, over the past 5 years Kirra Galleries have provided an annual exhibition of illuminating glass with handmade one-off pieces of contemporary Australian Art Glass.The KIGAaward is an extension towards this end.