As noted earlier the Canberra Glassworks, occupying the old Kingston Powerhouse building, opened today. Grabbing a camera and a couple of visiting interstate friends I decided to have a look around.
The rear exterior of the glassworks.
And from the front.
The sentence structure of the signage is as sound as the faux railway lines which indifferently adorn the rear entrance.
Not having the forethought to book a tour (as suggested by the Glassworks’ website) we found ourselves unable to tour the inner workings.
Although this thankfully didn’t restrict access to the gallery areas.
Gallery One is adjoined to Gallery Two, the base of the old smoke stack, by a well lighted glass and brick corridor.
The pamphlet describes the spaces as being “converted to contemporary exhibition spaces that have a raw industrial edge.” Make of that what you will.
Having said that Gallery Two is impressive.
With none of my photos coming close to capturing the truly cool nature of the reflexion of the skylight in several of the artworks.
The main foyer was packed with a constant flow of people smarter than I who had booked to do the tour of the hotshop and workshop areas.
And it appears the Cashews were replaced on this occasion by another duo to entertain the masses.
They even did a very interesting version one of Andrew Denton’s favourite songs
Having had a wander we decided to sit down and sample the wares of the cafÃ©. Finding a table amongst the crowd was a slight challenge
but having found one inside we were able to appreciate the architecture of the building as having been presented as a work of art in its own right.
Even the glass work of the lattÃ© was a little unusual (note the internal ridgeline near the base)
Or I could have just been easily impressed by thenâ€¦
The Canberra Glassworks has what looks like an impressive workshop and education program. Info on these, tours and the exhibitions can all be found via the Glassworks’ website. The current exhibition, Heartland, is worth a look at if for nothing else the glass hearts on display in the shop.