"Diplomacy : translations in glass" with Glassworks [fr]
The Embassy of France in Australia together with seven other diplomatic missions, participated in the operation "Diplomacy: translations with glass" in partnership with the Canberra Glassworks. This project consists of glassware artists partnering embassies (Italy, Malta, Japan, USA, Czech Republic, Belgium, Finland and France).
Ivana Jirasek, curator of the project was extremely successful in matching the right artist with the right mission, with the aim of creating a body of work linking the different cultures with modern techniques.
Thus, the Embassy of France in Australia had the honor to partner with Ms Hannah Gason, a recent graduate in Bachelor of visual Arts from the Australian National University, skilled in the art of French technique pâte de verre, of which French artist François Decorchemont is the pioneer.
On February 27 2015, as part of Canberra’s annual Enlighten festival, 25 glassware lovers were introduced to the artworks born of the collaboration between the eight artists and their partner embassies, during a tour organised by Glassworks. On that evening, the visitors had the opportunity to visit the embassies of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Czech Republic, and the Republic of France.
The Ambassador of France to Australia, H.E. Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, welcomed the visitors at the Residence of France. Together with the Ambassador, showcased artist Hannah Gason, the project’s curator Ms Ivana Jirasek and the General Manager Glassworks Beverly Growden emphasized the strong cultural and artistic connections between France and Australia.
- Eric Soulier, Head of Culture, Education, Science & Technology, welcomes the 25 visitors at the Embassy of France.
The works of eight artists in residence are on show at the Canberra Glassworks until 16 April 2015.