Glass artist exchange brings the best of Japan to Canberra

Japanese glass artist at work

Japanese glass artist Mr Takeyoshi Mitsui has been welcomed to Canberra to complete a six week residency at the Canberra Glassworks as part of the 2016 Asialink Arts Residency Program.

The Canberra Glassworks is hosting Mr Mitsui, providing use of the facility and a materials allowance during the six week residency, and presenting an exhibition and an artist talk during the last week of Mr Mitsui’s stay.

Local artist John White has recently returned from Japan where he undertook a residency at the Toyama Glass Studio as part of the Reciprocal Residency Program.

“I had so many wonderful experiences in Japan, but top of the list was the enjoyment I had working with other wonderful artists and staff at Toyama Glass studio,” Mr White said.

“I was very pleased to come away with positive outcomes from my research proposal, which looked at cane and murine glass techniques to translate Japanese fabric dry techniques into glass, and ended with an exhibition at the newly completed Toyama Glass Art Museum.

“I also wanted to work out a way to connect my experiences through cultural exchange and the nice thing about glassmaking is that it is universal; there seems to be connections that are unsaid.”

Mr White will complete a four week residency at the Canberra Glassworks this November and is developing new work for a solo exhibition at Sabbia Galleries in Paddington, NSW which will open in May 2017.

Also as part of the 2016 Asialink Arts Residency Program, local artist Leonie Andrews will travel to Tokyo where she will be hosted by the Youkobo Art Space during September and October where she will focus on creating new textile works.

To view the calendar for the Glassworks’ hotshop visit www.canberraglassworks.com/live-glassmaking/hotshop-calendar/.