Diplomacy: translations in glass – Canberra Glassworks
A Canberra Glassworks exhibition curated by Ivana Jirasek 11 February 2015 – 16 April 2015
This exhibition explored the rich glass-making and cultural traditions of eight countries through the lens of Australian glass artists.
The artists and their partner countries were: Helen Aitken-Kuhnen – Japan Andrew Baldwin – Malta Erin Conron – Belgium Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott – Italy Hannah Gason – France Elizabeth Kelly – Finland Lienors Torre – Czech Republic Klaus Moje AO – United States of America
As curator, I matched artists with an aesthetic connection to a selected country and facilitated liaison with the diplomatic staft, who generously provided guidance and resources.
A number of supporting events brought the project to life. This included floor talks and tours to several Embassies to view their art collections and hear artists’ talk about the unique exchange.
The project was conceived by General Manager Bev Growden and engaged the corresponding Embassies and High Commissions in Canberra as project partners.