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Home is where the heat is exhibition tours

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Canberra Glassworks

11 Wentworth Avenue

Kingston, ACT 2604

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Canberra Glassworks will conduct free daily tours at 11am, Wednesday to Saturday inclusive, to provide visitors with access to areas of the building usually closed to the public, presenting them with a rare opportunity to see what goes on behind-the-scenes.

2017 is the tenth anniversary of the Canberra Glassworks, and the exhibition Home is where the heat is focusses on artists’ responses to the Glassworks building.

The Kingston Power House, built between 1913 and 1915 was designed by the Federal Government architect, J S Murdoch. Murdoch also designed other important heritage buildings in Canberra such as Old Parliament House and its East and West Blocks, Gorman House, the Hotel Canberra (now the Hyatt) and the Kurrajong Hotel. 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 including Simon Maberley, Sophia Emmett and Ngaio Fitzpatrick, have responded to the topical environmental issues surrounding the continued supply of coal powered electricity. One Aboriginal artist, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello has made a work based on the original grasses of the site when it was inhabited by First Peoples. Another artist, John White has created a glass straw bale that speaks to the previous farming use of the current site.

Studio artists, hirers, tutors, staff and volunteers both past and present were invited to propose a site-specific or Canberra Glassworks-related work for this exhibition, and the entire building was opened to exhibiting artworks including historic niches throughout the building; the Engine Room which houses over 20 kilns and coldworking equipment; the hotshop; the tunnel, main galleries and foyer space. As well as artists working in glass, this exhibition includes works by sculptors; photographers; draughtspeople and printmakers.

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