June 20th, 2017

A world-class centre of glass

Art Group and Canberra Glassworks announce new partnership

A new partnership between home-grown developer Art Group and the Canberra Glassworks will support professional glass artists and contribute to Canberra’s growing reputation as a world-class centre of glass.

The Art Group Creative Fellowship will provide professional glass artists with a six to twelve month opportunity to work from a dedicated studio space in the internationally-acclaimed Canberra Glassworks facility.

“The Art Group Creative Fellowship has been established to foster a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and professional practice within the Glassworks and the wider community,” says Beverly Growden, Canberra Glassworks’ General Manager.

“This partnership with Art Group really showcases how the business community can get behind Canberra’s world-class arts scene to build a better city,” Ms Growden adds.

The 2017 Art Group Creative Fellow is Harriet Schwarzrock, a Queanbeyan-based glass artist who has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and overseas. Schwarzrock’s work is widely collected, and her work, ‘breathe’, won the sculpture prize in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize in 2014. She will start her Art Group Creative Fellowship at Canberra Glassworks from 18 July.

She says: “This generous and supportive opportunity will enable me to participate in a significant period of research and practical development across flame working, the hot shop and neon development. I will be working amongst leading artists in the facility, exploring a variety of ways to present objects that, fundamentally, attest to moments of tenuous balance.”

The Art Group Creative Fellowship will be awarded annually by a professional panel made up of representatives from the artistic community and Canberra Glassworks Board. Each fellow will receive financial support, along with access to facilities and equipment.

“We are passionate about our city, and see this partnership with the Canberra Glassworks as an opportunity to support the amazing work of our world-class artistic community,” says Art Group’s Managing Director Johnny Roso.

“Artists play a central role in creating a vibrant, dynamic city, bringing people together and fostering community – and we are proud to play a role in nurturing the arts in Canberra,” Mr Roso adds.