Wagga Art Gallery: what’s on

DANCING with the Flame: Contemporary Australian Lampwork, is a unique project for the National Art Glass Gallery at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, showcasing the work of glass artists from across Australia, and promoting the contemporary techniques and styles of the rich and creative tradition of lampworking.

DELICATE: Kristen Dibbs, lampworked beads, 2017 features in Dancing with the Flame: Contemporary Australian Lampwork at the Wagga gallery.

DELICATE: Kristen Dibbs, lampworked beads, 2017 features in Dancing with the Flame: Contemporary Australian Lampwork at the Wagga gallery.

Over 40 glass artists nationwide have been selected to present their work in Dancing with the Flame, and the results demonstrate the tremendous breadth and vitality of the art form, including sculpture, beadwork and jewellery.

The visual dialogues on display in Dancing with the Flame balance magnificent design and mark-making possibilities with immaculate detail and complexity.

Lampworking, also known as flameworking, is a traditional technique used by glass artists for centuries where a torch or lamp is used directly to melt the glass materials. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements.

Lampworking first flourished in Italy in the fourteenth century and then spread throughout Europe and on to the Americas and the rest of the world. Specific techniques developed for lampworking include shaping glass rods and tubing; making beads and marbles; the creation of paperweights, pendants, bracelets, and earrings; core-formed vessels; and neon and plasma sculpture.

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STUDENT SNAPPERS: Thomas Griffith, Andrew 2017, digital photographic print in X: Charles Sturt University Photography.

STUDENT SNAPPERS: Thomas Griffith, Andrew 2017, digital photographic print in X: Charles Sturt University Photography.

WAGGA Wagga Art Gallery is delighted to welcome the next exciting generation of Australian photographers in X, the tenth graduation exhibition by students from the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography) degree at the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University.

Dr Jamie Holcombe, Senior Lecturer and Photography Discipline Leader at CSU and curator of the exhibition, says of the artists exhibiting in X, “These students each share a passion for the photographic medium, but where that passion takes them will be an individual journey based on how they interpret the medium and how they apply their skills.”

Artists participating in X: Charles Sturt University Photography include: Amy Carlon, Gonzalo Echeverria, Thomas Griffith, Laura Hardwick, Tanya Lyons, Ashleigh McDonald, Shana Pridham, Amy Randell, Elle Stedman.