Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | Home is where the heat is
Image: Sophia Emmett, ’25 Breaths’, 2017, blown glass.
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is proud to present a new exhibition in the National Art Glass Gallery celebrating the tenth anniversary of one of Australia’s most significant and internationally recognised glass institutions, the Canberra Glassworks. Home is where the heat is brings together studio artists, hirers, tutors, staff and volunteers both past and present, from the past decade since the opening of the Glassworks in 2007.
Home is where the heat is focusses on these artists’ responses to the historic Glassworks building, the Kingston Power House. Built between 1913 and 1915, the Power House was designed by the Federal Government architect, J S Murdoch. Originally only intended to be a temporary structure, the Power House was used to supply Canberra with coal‐generated electricity from 1915, continuing to operate as a powerhouse until 1957.
The construction of the Canberra Glassworks inside the existing fabric of the Kingston Power House has carefully preserved the heritage values of this iconic Canberra building. Many of the original finishes and fittings remain to give visitors a glimpse into the past life of the building.
Several artists featured in Home is where the heat is, including Simon Maberley, Sophia Emmett and Ngaio Fitzpatrick, have responded to topical environmental issues including the continued supply of coal powered electricity. Artist Jenni Kemarre Martiniello of Arrernte heritage has made a work based on the original grasses of the site when it was inhabited by Australia’s First Peoples. Another artist, John White has created a glass straw bale that speaks to the previous farming use of the current site.
Home is where the heat is will be on display in the National Art Glass Gallery at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday 27 January until Sunday 22 April, 2018. The exhibition will be officially launched on Friday 16 March at 6pm by Jane Cush, curator of Home is where the heat is and Artistic Director of the Canberra Glassworks.
Canberra Glassworks is supported by artsACT and the Australia Council through its Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy.
For more information visit the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery website or call (02) 6926 9660.