Asialink residency 2016

Canberra artists to participate in 2016 Asialink Arts Residency Program

Textile artist, Leonie Andrews and glass artist, John White will travel to Japan as part in Aisalink’s 2016 Residency Program. 

Leonie Andrews - Youkobo Art Space (Japan)

Leonie will be hosted by the Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, where she will be able to focus on creating new textile works. Said she is looking forward to meeting Japanese artists and visiting their studios.

“Asialink is an amazing opportunity that allows me to meet and work alongside local Japanese artists, by making direct connections into the local artistic community through my host organisation,” Ms Andrews said.

“As an avid museum goer I will also be spending time exploring Japanese museums looking at examples of historic textiles for techniques and inspiration that I can use in my own work.”

Reciprocal Residency Program: John White – Toyama Glass Studio (Japan) and Takeyoshi Mitsui – Canberra Glasswork (Australia)

This year the ACT Government has been able to build on Canberra’s involvement in Asialink Arts Residency Program by participating in the Reciprocal Residency Program for the first time, and supporting Asialink’s first ever craft-focused residency. 

John White, a studio artist at Canberra Glassworks, will be hosted by Toyama Glass Studio for 6 weeks from 8 April - 22 May 2016. Canberra Glassworks will host Takeyoshi Mitsui 6 weeks from 13 June to 25 July 2016.

“I am honoured to be awarded the first Asialink reciprocal residency between Toyama Japan and the Canberra Glassworks. This residency will provide a wonderful exciting opportunity in the development of my professional practice,” John said.

“I would like to explore these culturally significant innovations, visit places of artists, inventors and architects. Most important to me is the exchange of information the sharing of cultures and to continue and these exchanges on my return to Australia.”

"While at Canberra Glassworks, Mr Takeyoshi Mitsui will be have the opportunity to exhibit and speak about his work, which will be inspired by Australian flora and fauna. He will also have the opportunity to meet with Canberra artists."

Minister congratulates successful Canberra artists

Minister for Small Business and the Arts, Chris Bourke, congratulated Ms Andrews and Mr White saying: “Fourteen talented artists from the ACT applied for the 2016 program, so congratulations must go to Ms Andrews and Mr White, who were selected from a strong field of innovative and creative Canberrans.”

Minister Bourke highlighted the importance these residencies to the development of the Canberra arts ecology and foster links between Australia and Japan, saying: “these residencies are another example of the strong links between our two nations, and the goodwill and creative exchange between us. It demonstrates the dynamic and diverse nature of the Canberra arts sector that is valued locally and has a global reach.”

“I’d like to wish both Ms Andrews and Mr White all the best with their residencies this year, and I look forward to seeing the outstanding work they produce. I am also looking forward to welcoming Mr Mitsui to our city later this year, and continuing the great tradition of artistic and cultural exchange between Canberra and Japan.”

More Information

More information on each of the artists and Asialink’s Arts Residency Program is available online: Leonie Andrews , ACT-Japan Reciprocal Residency (John White and Takeyoshi Mitsui).


Posted on February 25, 2016 .

Mansfield ART GLASS Exposition – MAGE 2014

Thank you Mansfield and a especially to Gill who puts so much hard work into this prize, also the sponsors and helpers if it wasn't for you guys there wouldn't be many great prizes in this country...

I am truly grateful for being highly commended in this prize and I would to give a special thanks to Evenly Dunstan for wonderful workshop and friendship.

Dear All,
In haste and with profound apologies for the delay (and any cross-postings), here is a list (attached) of the winners and recipients of highly commended awards for the Mansfield Art Glass Exposition (MAGE) this year.
Congratulations to all!! Phenomenally well done to the five winners and eighteen recipients of high commendations AND the three high achievers and one out-and-out favourite: John White whose ‘Ornamental’ received high commendation in THREE competitions (a quite amazing feat – well done, John!!), Tessa Duke for her ‘Autumn I’ which did almost as well receiving 2 high commendations PLUS a special invitation to talk to a certain important gallery about exhibiting her work (hey, Tess!), Bridget Thomas for her ‘Forest of Trees’ which earned her a high commendation, another such invitation to exhibit AND a commission (way to go, Bridget!) and Andy Baldwin whose ‘Void 15’, at this stage (we’ll know for sure on Monday 3rd afternoon) is way way ahead in the visitors’ most appreciated piece out of the 90 pieces exhibited at the MAGE in Mansfield.
The winners and recipients of highly commended certificates (in alphabetical order) were as listed on the attached table.

I will load images of the winners for Architectural Glass, Studio Glass, Contemporary Glass Jewellery, Kirra Galleries and New Artist plus images of the special high commendations then all 18 highly commended pieces (and, eventually, all entries) to the MAGE in Mansfield Facebook page <> as soon as I can. 

As those who have been able to visit the MAGE exhibition will know, we had a much larger and more diverse range of entries for all competitions this year and this has been both a delight and a challenge for all our judges. We thank very sincerely Ausglass and AGDA for their generous support and the judges for so kindly agreeing to carry out this task. The judges were:
MAGE Architectural Glass Prize ($2,000) – Norm Beilby, President of AGDA and Marina Quinlan from Melbourne.
MAGE Studio Glass Prize ($2,000) – Verity Burley, President Ausglass from Adelaide.
MAGE Contemporary Glass Jewellery Prize (inaugural - $1,500) – Suzanne Brett, Curator, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne.
Kirra Galleries Emerging Artist Award ($750 + 3-month mini-show at Federation Square, Melbourne)  – Suzanne Brett, Curator, Kirra Galleries.
Axess Glass New Artist Award ($750 voucher for glass products) – Tony Stafrace, Managing Director, Axess Glass Products Aust., Thomastown.

Well, I’d better get on with it.
Gilli B

Gillian M Bruce
4 High Street
Mansfield Vic 3722
Ph: (03) 5775 1128
Mob: 0429 195 283  



Friday 24th October, 2014 at 4pm at Martin’s Garage Showrooms

52-54 Chenery Street, Mansfield, VIC 37°03’29″S 146°05’30″E then join in all the fun of our 10-dayMansfield High Country & Spring Arts Festival program


Saturday 25th October until Monday 3rd November from 10am – 4pm daily,

Martin’s Garage Showrooms, 52 Chenery Street, Mansfield VIC

(Your GPS will find us at 37°03’29″S 146°05’30″E)

See 50 finalist architectural and studio glass works by the best established, emerging and new glass artists from across Australia and New Zealand & Mansfield Coffee Merchant, 23 Highett Street, Mansfield VIC (the MAGE’s contemporary glass jewellery prize winners).

And, yes, the coffee is great and so is the Mansfield Spring Arts program.

Now approaching its fourth year, the Mansfield Art Glass Exposition (MAGE) conducted by the Arts Council of Mansfield in Victoria, is one of the largest most exciting contemporary art glass events in Australia – and, with the inclusion of glass artists from New Zealand this year, we might also claim to have acquired an international perspective as well!! These are significant achievements for a voluntary group and a regional town – albeit with ongoing support, advice and encouragement from glass artists, glass artists’ representative bodies and our valued partners – Axess Glass Products, the Mansfield Shire and Martins Garage.

The MAGE is a unique, multi-faceted year-round program but, for now, the majority of its events are held during Mansfield’s High Country & Spring Arts Festival in October-November each year. In pursuit of its artistic, educational and philanthropic objectives, the MAGE 2014 will offer 25 events, activities and services:

  • 6 juried art glass competitions – including ‘contemporary glass jewellery’
  • 7 significant prizes and awards – total prize pool valued at $8,500;
  • 3 simultaneous ten-day exhibitions of the best contemporary art glass works;
  • 2 seminars (‘Design in Creative Practice’ and ‘Mansfield’s History in Stained Glass’);
  • 2 workshops (tba);
  • 2 exclusive exhibition previews for prospective buyers;
  • an official opening & announcement of winners – 4 pm on 24th October, 2014;
  • free shipping from Melbourne to Mansfield and free return shipping of unsold pieces;
  • a scholarship to assist an Australian or New Zealand glass artist to travel for study.

The MAGE program supports glass artists. The MAGE was the first art glass program to offer free return shipping of unsold finalist works (an important saving for artists) and it has continued to keep fees and commissions low. The MAGE is the only art glass program in Australasia to award a prize of a ‘featured artist’ exhibition in a prestigious art glass gallery or to introduce a travel scholarship.

The MAGE program also supports its home region. Each year the MAGE brings to the Mansfield Shire 60 brilliant examples of the best contemporary art glass created by artists working in various styles and at different stages in their professional careers from across Australia and New Zealand. Impressively, every year to date, the ‘best’ has also included the work of local glass artists. This says a lot about the artistic standards maintained here in Mansfield.

In addition, the MAGE program brings to the Mansfield Shire glass artists, curators and gallery owners as well as glass collectors and art lovers from the north eastern region and other parts of country Victoria, Melbourne, Sydney and southern NSW. The numbers of visitors will grow significantly in the future because, in conjunction with the Mansfield Secondary College and the Mansfield Adult & Community Education (MACE) Centre, the MAGE Management Group has plans to bring the world’s top glass artists and designers to deliver summer school courses here – much as did the regional town of Stanwood in Washington State in the USA 40 years ago. Theirs is now home to a campus of one of the world’s most respected art glass schools – the Pilchuck Glass School whose mission is to ‘inspire creativity, transform individuals and build community’. There is no good reason why, over time, Mansfield in regional Victoria cannot achieve the same in the southern hemisphere.

The MAGE program is unique in the contemporary art glass world in that it is equally representative of both major art glass styles: studio glass and architectural glass. In addition to studio glass works, the MAGE offers a specific prize for 2-dimensional architectural glass works such as windows, panels or screens as well as a sponsored award for major architectural glass projects already installed in a building or outdoor setting anywhere in the world. The existence of these opportunities to showcase the architectural potential of contemporary art glass has been described by leaders in the sector as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘highly valued’.

The MAGE program is progressive in that it responds to developments in the art glass world. It encourages exploration of the combination of materials with glass as well as collaboration between glass artists working together and between glass artists and practitioners in other creative spheres. The MAGE Management Group has also sought to minimise the impact of the program on the environment by, amongst other things, focusing on the use of natural light, negotiating the temporary repurposing of buildings and consolidating shipping.

The MAGE program is also diverse in that it seeks to include and acknowledge the work of glass artists during all the important stages in their development – from when they are students and ‘new’ to professional practice, ‘emerging’ or coming to notice and ‘established’ – as well as cater to the interests of curators and gallery owners and art glass collectors and appreciators.

The Arts Council of Mansfield Inc. and its MAGE Management Group seek your engagement in helping to realise the amazing further potential of this program.

Gilli M Bruce
Convenor, MAGE 2014
(03) 5775 1128 or 0429 195 283

Posted on October 31, 2014 .