Beyond the Bowl exhibition to showcase top glass and ceramic artists

Spills and thrills: One of the works from the Beyond the Bowl exhibition, Spill, 2017, by artist Honor Freeman, a work of slipcast porcelain. Picture: Craig Arnold.
Spills and thrills: One of the works from the Beyond the Bowl exhibition, Spill, 2017, by artist Honor Freeman, a work of slipcast porcelain. Picture: Craig Arnold.

Beyond the Bowl is a new exhibition of contemporary glass and ceramic works opening next month at the Hurstville Museum and Gallery.

The exhibition will be showcasing works from an impressive line-up of national and international artists including Julie Bartholomew, Alexandra Chambers, Cobi Cockburn, Matthew Curtis, Merran Esson, Honor Freeman, Anita Larkin, Eloise Rankine, Kirstie Rea and Emma Varga.

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said that the exhibition marks an important and exciting time in the Museum and Gallery’s history.

“This is the first time the Museum and Gallery has curated an in-house art exhibition, sourced from significant works of art from leading artists and galleries across Australia”, Councillor Greene said.

“We are thrilled to be able to present works from such high calibre artists, each of whom has contributed significantly to contemporary ceramic and glass on both a national and international platform,” he said.

Beyond the bowl explores how the mediums of glass and clay can be manipulated beyond our imaginations.

Bowled over: One of the works featured in the Beyond the Bowl exhibtion, Matthew Curtis' Amber hex, 2016, cast tinted glass, cut and fused, stainless steel frame.

Bowled over: One of the works featured in the Beyond the Bowl exhibtion, Matthew Curtis' Amber hex, 2016, cast tinted glass, cut and fused, stainless steel frame.

Five glass artists, including Alexandra Chambers, Cobi Cockburn, Matthew Curtis, Kirstie Rea and Emma Varga and five ceramicists – Julie Bartholomew, Merran Esson, Honor Freeman, Anita Larkin and Eloise Rankine are brought together to evoke a playful sense of wonder.

To curate an exhibition as impressive as Beyond the bowl, strong professional partnerships have been established with Sabbia Gallery, Defiance Gallery, Stella Downer Fine Art and Utopia Art Sydney.

Hurstville Museum and Gallery has produced an exhibition catalogue for this show, and was thrilled to have esteemed independent writer, curator and consultant Grace Cochrane write a featured essay for this catalogue. Grace was curator of Australian Decorative Arts and Design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney from 1988-2005.

As Grace describes in her featured essay “while there are many recognisable items in this exhibition – from bowls and buckets to tools and treasures – they are not always quite just what we might expect of them; they take us beyond the familiar and contribute to different  interpretations of meaning, function and form”.

The in-house produced exhibition is on display from February 2 to April 18 at Hurstville Museum and Gallery.

There is an extensive free education kit available online that targets the NSW High School syllabus. Hurstville Museum & Gallery encourages teachers to bring their students to see the exhibition whilst on display.

Hurstville Museum & Gallery will also run a number of public programs in conjunction with this exhibition. Please visit ‘what’s on’ for more information.

Official opening:

Friday, February 1 at 6pm.

All welcome, drinks and nibbles provided.

RSVP by Wednesday, January 30

To RSVP visit the ‘what’s on’ page at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/HMG

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