Yes it's almost time for the Ausglass 2015 conference and we are delighted to have it hosted in the fantastically glassy city of Adelaide!

The conference will be held from the 12th to the 15th of February and will be based around the Lions Art Centre and the JamFactory; 19 Morphett St, Adelaide SA.

 
 

States of Illumination

The Ausglass biennial conference is an opportunity to plunge into the invigorating world of contemporary glass art to meet old friends and new, to attend exhibitions, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, studio visits and parties. Glassmakers, academics, collectors, students and the public will together enjoy this, the 17th Ausglass conference.

Guest lectures, demonstrators, exhibitors and workshop leaders from Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, the UK and the US will offer an array of aesthetic, technical and personal reflections upon contemporary glass. Inspired by UNESCO's International Year of Light, 'States of Illumination' will host presentations from artists, designers, object makers, installation artists, ‘curators’, ‘theorists’, architects, educators, scientists and cultural commentators.

 

Connecting to the theme, each day has been curated with a specific interest.

Day 1:

Light as Material: presentations from artists and scientists with a focus on ways of working with light.

Day 2:

Illumination of Culture through Glass: will explore the use of glass in new places and new ways including; Indigenous Australian art practice, the Pacific Northwest of North America and China. Delegates will experience the most comprehensive representation to date of Australian indigenous practice involving glass. Four Chinese artist/educators will give an overview of their respective regions, addressing contemporary glass practice.

 Day 3:

The Day of Enlightenment _ Illuminating Ideas: exploration of the role of the visual arts in our society, public collections and architecture.

Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia has long been a centre of contemporary glass in Australia. Artists and craftspeople are attracted to the glass studies courses at the University of South Australia and The JamFactory contemporary craft and design centre, located adjacently in the city centre.

Together they are the conference venue.

A city of more than one million residents Adelaide is nestled between white sand beaches and the Mt Lofty Ranges. Its international airport is serviced by many airlines. The conference venue is a short distance from the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, Tandanya Aboriginal Visual Arts Centre, noted exhibition spaces, leading restaurants and public transport hubs.

The Adelaide area is highly regarded for local wines and its proximity to the wineries of the Southern Vales and the Barossa Valley. It is also the direct gateway to the Flinders Ranges National Park, Uluru [Ayers Rock], Alice Springs and the outback.