Illuminated Spaces is a survey show featuring artists whose work is informed by the tradition of architectural glass art, including stained glass. A number of glass artists with links to Canberra embrace contemporary techniques to create innovative artworks that engage with this tradition. Ideas explored include the importance of colour, light and symbolism, as well as the relationship between art and the built environment.
Six of the eight artists who feature in this exhibition are ANU School of Art and Design luminaries: Scott Chaseling, Jeremy Lepisto, Ruth Oliphant, Clare Peters, Kirstie Rea, and Richard Whiteley. Grace Blakeley-Carroll has curated this exhibition.
Scott Chaseling is a glass artist who is currently completing his PhD at the ANU School of Art and Design.
Jeremy Lepisto is a PhD candidate and Technical Officer in Sculpture at the ANU School of Art and Design.
Glass artist Ruth Oliphant holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) majoring in Glass from the ANU School of Art and Design.
Clare Peters left her career in nursing to pursue her passion for glass full time. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Glass in 2015.
Kirstie Rea had a 20 year survey exhibition in 2017 at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, marking the anniversary of starting her independent glass studio after graduating from the Glass program at the ANU School of Art and Design.
Richard Whiteley is Head of the ANU School of Art and Design Glass Workshop. In addition to an MFA from the University of Illinois, he holds an undergraduate degree from the ANU School of Art and Design, where he majored in Glass.
Grace Blakeley-Carroll is currently a PhD candidate in the ANU School of Art and Design’s Centre for Art History and Art Theory.