(r)e v o l v e

(r)evolve was the ausglass conference held in Canberra, Australia, 26-29 Janaury 2017.  Ausglass is the principal body promoting contemporary glass in Australia. The conference brought together Australian and international glass artists, educators, collectors, enthusiasts and industry representatives in a program of presentations, demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions that focused on the conference themes: create, sustain and evolve.


studio glass

27 January - 12 February 2017

Refraction is defined as “the change of direction of a ray of light, sound, heat, or the like, in passing obliquely from one medium into another in which its wave velocity is different”.  Bearing this definition in mind, and thinking of an exhibition based on something like a “Chinese whispers” chain (but without the change in meaning or intent that often occurs), we have invited the 19 artists below to each create a work which is inspired by, and responds to, the work of the artist before them in the chain.  Each of the artists has been set a theme to work within, establishing a point of connection to that of the preceding work.  Using this previous artwork as a springboard, what will transpire is a bouncing of ideas, much like how light refracts through glass.

  • Jeremy Lepisto (place)
  • Mel Willis (architecture)
  • Ruth Oliphant (architecture and light)
  • Elizabeth Kelly (architectural blocks of light)
  • Brian Corr (constructed space using light)
  • Christine Atkins (light space)
  • Mel Douglas (light lines to describe space)
  • Erin Conron (lines to accentuate form)
  • Tom Rowney (Venetian/embedded lines of color)
  • Ben Edols & Kathy Elliott (carved lines of colored light)
  • Kirstie Rea (folded fields of light color in domestic settings)
  • Alexandra Chambers (domestic items of meaning)
  • Annette Blair (domestic life)
  • Sui Jackson (living natural)
  • Harriet Schwarzrock (nature)
  • Emilie Patteson (botanicals)
  • Hannah Gason (mapping terrain/place)
  • Mel George (place)