“Flower”, a Canberra bluebell
“Flower”, a Canberra bluebell

DURING his honeymoon period as ACT Minister for the Arts, Chris Bourke has announced the winners of the 2015 Kids’ Design Competition at Canberra Glassworks presented the children with their designs made into glass art.

The Hotshop One Hundred
The Hotshop One Hundred

Launched last year launched as part of ACT Children’s Week, it signals the Glassworks’ continuing focus on introducing the art of glass to young people.

Children were asked to design a glasswork inspired by the Kingston Powerhouse building in which Canberra Glassworks is housed. The shortlisted winners in each category were then invited to join a professional artist to develop their designs during a workshop session for ‘DESIGN Canberra’ last November supported by Rock Development Group.

Glassworks - The Hotshop
Glassworks - The Hotshop
The winning designs were then made by senior local glass artists Annette Blair, Ruth Oliphant, Spike Deane and Canberra Glassworks Creative Fellow Kirstie Rea.

Elijhah Hickman, aged 6, won with his design “The Hotshop One Hundred”, blown in the hotshop by Annette Blair.

Benjamin Kendell, aged 3, also won in this category for highly original three-dimensional design using coloured DuploTM blocks. His work called “Glassworks - The Hotshop” was cast in glass by Spike Deane.

Kingston Powerhouse Platter
Kingston Powerhouse Platter
Aniela Matkowski, aged 10, from Western Australia, won for her colourful “Kingston Powerhouse Platter”, made by Ruth Oliphant.

A special Chief Minister’s Award was presented to Laela Hourigan, aged 10, for her design, “Flower”, a Canberra bluebell. Canberra Glassworks Creative Fellow Kirstie Rea recreated the design using the glass fusing process.

All 62 entries in the competition are currently on display in the Canberra Glassworks foyer. The winning works will also be on display for the next few weeks.

Photographs by Lannon Harley for ArtsACT

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