Peter Nilsson engraving
Photo: Wendy Dawes


Bringing Huldra to Life for the Winter Glass Market Fundraising Campaign

Canberra Glassworks is seeking your help to provide local artist Peter Nilsson with the opportunity to bring Huldra to life in a giant outdoor glass engraving project for the Winter Glass Market on 17 June 2017. Huldra is the ruler of the forest, she who wears the green dress, the lady of the forest, says Peter, who was born in Sweden. She has many names and as many appearances. She is an elusive spirit who plays games with lonely men, but also plays an active part in people's lives. She represents nature and reminds us that we must deal with it in the right way, or it will certainly deal with us. Canberra Glassworks has challenged Peter to create a large-scale outdoor engraved glass work to demonstrate his exceptional engraving techniques and the unsung hero that is engraving for this year’s Winter Glass Market.

Peter will create Huldra in a forest scene by engraving 3 panels of glass 800mm wide x 1600mm high.  The finished work Lady in the Green Dress by Peter Nilsson, valued at $11,000, will be raffled at the Winter Glass Market to raise funds for our Creative Fellowship and other artistic programs.
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Campaign ends 9 June 2017. 

Posted 9 May 2017

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An exhibition showcasing two highly skilled local artists. Tom Rowney is one of Australia’s foremost glass blowers and has worked as a studio artist at Canberra Glassworks since it opened ten years ago. Zeljko Markov works across a range of mediums and disciplines but is best known for his contemporary work investigating and pushing the properties of wood.
FREE Gallery Floor Talk: 2pm on Saturday 29 April 2017.
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm Wednesday to Sunday
Address: Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT
Entry is by donation
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Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm Wednesday to Sunday
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Entry by donation
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Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm Wednesday to Sunday
Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT
Entry by donation
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For more info:
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Curator: Jane Cush
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm Wednesday to Sunday
Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT
Entry by donation
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CIT Adult Short Courses every weekend
Our CIT Adult Short courses are held all year round at Canberra Glassworks.  Participants are taught by our professional Teaching Artists in intimate class sizes. 
Costs apply.  For bookings and further information:
To find out more: +02 6260 7005 or email
Canberra Glassworks
11 Wentworth Avenue Kingston ACT 2604 Australia
+61 2 6260 7005 (reception)
M: 0417903318

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