Colour and heat to light up Canberra Winter

Asialink Arts Japanese glass resident Ayano Yoshizumi will present a demonstration and exhibition at Canberra Glassworks this June and July.

Image:Sui Jackson's Wood Fired Glass Furnace at the Winter Market. Photo by Martin Ollman.

Japanese glass artist Ayano Yoshizumi has arrived in Australia for a six week Asialink Arts residency at Canberra Glassworks.

A graduate of Toyama Institute of Glass Art, the talentent artist also has a background in industrial and craft design. Treating her glass sculptures as three dimensional canvases, Yoshizumi’s use of strong and expressive colour strikes a unique balance between art and craft.

In the first week of her residency at Canberra Glassworks, Ayano Yoshizumi will be conducting a glass demonstration on Saturday the 17th of June as part of the Winter Glass Market. A free community celebration, the annual market is held between 12-8pm.  The event includes stalls, exhibitions, activities, food, drink and entertainment to warm up the Canberra winter.

In the subsequent five weeks of her residency, Yoshizumi will be creating a new collection inspired by her experiences in Australia. The artist will present this work in an exhibition opening on Wednesday the 19th of July at Canberra Glassworks. The opening will be followed by a Japanese Glass Symposium between 5-9pm, supported by the Japanese Embassy. More details will be announced soon on the Asialink events page.

Image: Icon No.6 by Ayano Yoshizumi

Ayano Yoshizumi’s residency is part a three year Asialink Arts reciprocal exchange. Canberra based glass artist Sui Jackson was resident at Toyama Glass Studio for six weeks in April and May this year, where he researched Japanese techniques and developed new works.

Sui Jackson’s residency in Toyama provided valuable time and space to embrace the distinctly Japanese artistic responses to materials such as wood, paper and ceramic as well as glass. During his residency Jackson also  had opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary Japanese glass techniques.

Responding to the variations in form, landscape and colour found in the forests of Japan, the artist produced a solo exhibition of over 100 stylistic representations of cherry blossom trees in bloom at the end of his residency at Toyama Glass Museum.

Asialink Arts looks forward to continuing expanding on this extremely successful reciprocal model when it announces a suite of future exchanges later this year.

Image: Work created by Sui Jackson at Toyama Glass Studio on his Asialink Arts Residency.

This residency exchange is part of a three-year partnership between Asialink Arts, Canberra Glassworks and Toyama Glass Studio, and is generously supported by Arts ACT.

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Jessica O'Brien

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