Thursday, July 30, 2015

July Newsletter

Kirra Galleries News
Laminated Float Glass by
Last Thursday evening, despite the difficulty in accessing Federation Square because of roadworks around the CBD, we welcomed a large audience for the opening of a stunning exhibition, FLOATING.
Floating features the work of Peter Nilsson and Ben Young, both artists working in the medium of laminated float glass whose works are inspired by the ocean. The exhibition was opened by Dr Grace Cochrane AM who introduced the artists and spoke eloquently about their techniques, inspiration and development of their styles. We will be publishing Grace’s opening speech and will send a link in our next newsletter.
If you are unable to visit the gallery to view the work in person – please click here to view the exhibition work in our online catalogue.
Crystal Stubbs Bethany Wheeler
L-R Ben Young, Grace Cochrane
L-R Grace Cochrane, Peter Nilsson, Peter Kolliner
Kristin McFarlane Ruth McCallum-Howell
Kirra Galleries – Floating Exhibition
Kirra Galleries – Floating Exhibition

KIGA 2015
This year’s Kirra Illuminating Glass Award (KIGA) exhibition was a huge success and the standard of entries seems to get better each year – once again congratulations to the winners – Richard Morrell, overall winner, James McMurtrie, inaugural winner of a new category, most innovative, and Denise Pepper, who took out the People’s Choice Award.
Crystal Stubbs Bethany Wheeler
Denise Pepper – Winner People’s Choice Award
L-R James McMurtrie (Winner Most Innovative Richard Morrell (Winner KIGA 2015)

This year’s Flame on Glass will open on Thursday 10 September 2015 at 6.00pm and there will be more than 30 artists from Australia and New Zealand participating in the event. Demonstrations of flame working techniques held in the Atrium just outside our Gallery on Friday 11 September 2015, Saturday 12 September 2015 and Sunday 13 September 2015 from 11am to 5pm.
Crystal Stubbs Bethany Wheeler
Flamework demonstrations in the Atrium - Flame on Glass 2014

SOFA CHICAGO 2015 (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art)
Kirra Galleries will be exhibiting for the 12th consecutive year at the prestigious SOFA exhibition, held at Navy Pier in Chicago. The exhibition opens on Thursday evening 5 November 2015 and runs until 6.00pm on Sunday 8 November 2015, so if you are in the area at that time please let us know and we can organise free tickets.
Crystal Stubbs Bethany Wheeler
Kirra Galleries – SOFA Chicago 2014

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

"Floating" Exhibition Opening 23rd July

This extraordinary exhibition has been inspired by the ocean. It will showcase the remarkable works of Peter Nilsson and Ben Young, both of whom work in the challenging medium of laminated float glass.
Peter Kolliner OAM, Gallery Director, together with Management and staff would like to invite you to the opening of FLOATING on Thursday 23 July 2015 at 6.00pm.
The exhibition will be opened by Grace Cochrane AM, Independent Curator and Writer.
Opening Thursday 23 July 2015
Time 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Where Kirra Galleries Federation Square
(enter via Atrium),
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets,
Melbourne VIC 3000
RSVP Friday 20 July 2015
Phone: 03 9639 6388
Pictured right: Weightless (detail) by Peter Nilsson.
Photographer Tim Brook.

Pictured below: Escape by Ben Young. Medium Float Glass, White Bronze and Concrete. Photographer Ben Young.
Weightless (detail) by Peter Nilsson.   Photographer Tim Brook.
Escape by Ben Young. Medium Float Glass, White Bronze and Concrete. Photographer Ben Young

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