Artists working from Canberra Glassworks have long held a strong connection with Japanese glass artists, bolstered in recent years by the Asialink Reciprocal Residency - where an artist from the Glassworks and an artist from Toyama Glass Studio have in turn spent six weeks working from each other’s studio.
On Wednesday July 19 from 5pm, Canberra Glassworks and the Embassy of Japan in Australia are presenting the Japanese Australian Glass Forum, facilitated by renowned artist Scott Chaseling, to celebrate the existing bond and to encourage future collaboration and exchange between the two cultures.
The night will also feature the exhibition opening of Ayano Yoshizumi, currently in residence as part of the Asialink Reciprocal Residency program, exhibiting work created during her residency - exploring the influence of Australian culture on her conceptual art work.
Yusuke Takemura, who completed a Masters at the University of Sydney in 2009 and subsequently moved to Canberra to further develop his highly specialised skill of cutting shapes into fragile glass forms, will be giving a demonstration as part of the forum.
“Canberra is home to one of the biggest glass communities in Australia. It’s a good place to share skills and exchange knowledge,” says Yusuke Takemura.
Brian Corr, one of Australia’s most talented glass blowers and a studio tenant of the Glassworks for the last nine years, will be leaving Australia in August to take the position of Associate Professor at Toyama Glass Studio. A PhD candidate at the ANU School of Art & Design, Brian has been developing a dissertation called The Fundamental Elements of Contemplative Space in Japanese Architecture, and will provide his last public glass blowing demonstration at the forum before leaving.
Demonstrations will also be provided by Sui Jackson, who has just returned from the Toyama Glass Studio as the Australian recipient of the 2017 Asialink Reciprocal Residency; and Ayano Yoshizumi.
Sushi and sake will be served.