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Elizabeth Kelly

Elizabeth Kelly
Artist's statement

Elizabeth Kelly is currently engaged with the architectural and engineering potential of glass, and the built environment is a major theme in her practice. She is interested in how systems and patterns function in construction engineering and have adapted industrial production methods to small-scale studio practice, experimenting with techniques of multiple casting of glass components to make large-scale sculptural forms. She is also interested in exploiting the properties of natural light within these glass structures and colour is a very considered element in the work.

Recent work
Perilous
  • Perilous, 2012
  • pressed glass
  • Dimensions: 260 x 42 cm
  • Photo: Steve Keough
Perilous , (detail)
  • Perilous , (detail), 2012
  • pressed glass
  • Dimensions: 260 x 42 cm
  • Photo: steve Keough
Daramalan College, Sharpe Building Sacred Heart feature window
  • Daramalan College, Sharpe Building Sacred Heart feature window, 2012
  • glass
  • Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Board room window in Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU
  • Board room window in Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU, 2013
  • drop cast glass
  • Dimensions: 180 x 33 x 5 cm
  • Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Ana Vases
  • Ana Vases, 2015
  • glass
  • Dimensions: Max height 25cm
  • Photo: Steve Keough
True, Lommel City Hall Collection, Belgium
  • True, Lommel City Hall Collection, Belgium, 2015
  • pressed glass
  • Dimensions: 270 x 67 cm x 45 cm
  • Photo: Jeroen Maes, Lommel Glazen Huis
Biography

As a young adult Elizabeth Kelly spent four years travelling extensively through Europe and Asia before commencing a two-year full time factory traineeship in glass blowing in 1985 at the JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide. Post training, she undertook studies at the Adelaide Centre for the ARTS, transferring to the Australian National University School of Art to complete a degree in Visual Art.

After her undergraduate degree, Kelly taught at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and was a research assistant in coloured glass before undertaking a Masters degree in Visual Art with an Australian Post Graduate Award for research into chemistry of coloured glass, and with direct application in the field of sculpture in 1995.

Directly upon completion of her Masters degree in 1997, Kelly commenced a three-year contract as Head of Glass Workshop at the JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide. During this period she travelled to Europe for an exhibition in Venice and to demonstrate as a master glassblower in Leerdam, Holland.

In 2000 Kelly travelled extensively through North America, Canada and Japan for further professional development. This included working in several private studios for short stints and also completing a fellowship at the Wheaton Village Creative Glass Centre of America.

In 2003 she initiated Studio Tangerine in Canberra, a purpose built self funded glass design and sculpture studio where she continues to work. In 2008 Kelly was invited as an Artist in Residence at the Seto City International Ceramic and Glass Centre in Japan.

Selected exhibitions
2015:   Lommel City Hall, Permanent Display - Lommel,
2015:   Protest, M16 - Canberra
2015:   Diplomacy, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra
2014:   Hobart Art Prize, TMAG - Hobart
2014:   Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra
2013:   The Story of the Creative - New York,
2013:   Inhabit - living in design, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2013:   Designing Craft, Crafting Design, Jam Factory - Adelaide
2013:   Pin Exhibition, ANCA Gallery - Canberra
2013:   Flipside, ANCA Gallery - Adelaide
2013:   Momentum,, Belconnen Arts Centre - Canberra
2012:   Re-Pin, ANCA Gallery - Canberra
2011:   Willoughby Sculpture Prize - Sydney
2011:   Uncontained: 40th anniversary of CraftACT, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2011:   Seto City AIR Retrospective, Seto City Art Museum - Japan,
2011:   Drink, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra
2011:   Tangerine Gold (solo), Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery - Wagga Wagga,
2010:   Made in Japan, Crucible Showcase, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2010:   Ranamok 2010 Glass Prize, Touring exhibition,
2010:   Workshopped 10 - Sydney
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2014:   Silver Award, A’ Design Competition, Como Italy
2013:   Centre for China in the World Boardroom and Directors Office windows, ANU, ACT
2012:   Daramalan College Art and Technology Building window, ACT
2011:   Young School Foyer, NSW
2011:   St Thomas Early Learning Centre and Primary School Library windows, ACT
2010:   Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship
2010:   Ainslie Special needs housing, Narrabundah ACT
2009:   Capital Arts Patrons Organisation Fellowship
2009:   St Judes Primary School Foyer window, ACT
2008:   Seto City Artist in Residence, Seto Japan
2008:   Cook Community Centre, ACT
2007:   CIT Building External architecture detail, Canberra ACT
2006:   Australia Council Mentorship Grant, administered by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2005:   Project Funding artsACT
2004:   Australia Council Craft-In-Site grant, administered by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2002:   Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship, Wheaton Village, New Jersey, USA
2001:   New Work Grant, Visual Arts Board Australia Council
1994:   University of Sydney Research Award for 1995-96
1992:   ACT Arts and Special Events, Individual Materials Grant
1991:   CITA Emerging Artists Support Scheme, Australian National University Award

 

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