* Elizabeth Kelly | Stanley Street Gallery

* Elizabeth Kelly

Represented by Stanley Street Gallery

My work in glass over the last 20 years has focussed on industrial handling processes of pressing and centrifuging to design works repeated in production incorporating a specific (largely transparent) colour range. During the last decade I have focussed on the composition of elements to construct larger objects, moving from utilitarian objects to a sculptural emphasis that still incorporates industrial methods of production but strongly draws from theoretical research for inspiration. This approach is informed by my work across other platforms prior to bringing this intent into my materially specific work.

I have always enjoyed changing scale; micro to macro cosmic observation has a way of changing perspective, and tailors to the aptness of purpose, and sets challenges in resolution of any work.

In these intricate iterations of cast, assembled and cold finished works my point of departure is the examination the origins of abiogenetic life and elemental organic geometry as inspiration. The theory of abiogenesis examines how the natural process of life has arisen from non-living matter, such as simple organic compounds. Furthermore I am examining chirality or the asymmetry of chemical structures in the triggering of growth sequences, elemental in the understanding of what trips this potential ‘life’ switch. Mindful of these chemical processes, my work has a strong serendipitous affinity with marine invertebrates, realised through compositions of rhythmic sequences.

In the large scaled work of Steel and Marmalade my inspiration has been the helical forms of viruses, and is one in a series of large towers in collected by th Parliament House of Australia, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery permanent glass collection and the Lommel City Hall permanent glass collection in Belgium.

Lastly my commissioned window works around Canberra respond to collaborative approach to the architect, clients, and other artists; most notably windows for the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU, and new buildings at Daramalan College, ACT.

Elizabeth Kelly, Sea Green Swirl, 2016, cast coldworked and assembled glass,10.5 x17x11cm - $4,400 Photo Steve Keough

Elizabeth Kelly, Sea Green Swirl, 2016, cast coldworked and assembled glass,10.5 x17x11cm - $4,400 Photo Steve Keough

Education and Training

1997 Master of Visual Art, Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney, NSW
1991 Bachelor of Visual Art in Glass, Institute of the Arts, Australian National University, ACT
1987 Glass Workshop Trainee Jam Factory Workshops, Adelaide, SA



2003-2016 Principal Artist, Studio Tangerine coloured glass design and sculpture, ACT/NSW
1997- 2000 Head, Glass Studio, JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design, Adelaide, SA
1993-97 Lecturer, Glass Studio, SCA, the University of Sydney, NSW
1993 Research Assistant in coloured glass, SCA, the University of Sydney, NSW
1992 Demonstrator, Glass Studio, SCA ,the University of Sydney, NSW


Professional Development

2015 Artist in Residence, GlazenHuis, Lommel, Belgium
2010 Winston Churchill Memorial Foundation Fellowship
2009 Capital Arts Patrons Organisation Fellowship,
2008 Seto City Artist in Residence, Seto, Japan
2002 Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship, Wheaton Village New Jersey, USA
2001 New York School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture Drawing Marathon, New York, USA
2000-2001 Extensive research tour through USA, Canada, Japan
1998 Master Glass Blower, Leerdam Summer School, Leerdam, Holland


Awards and Grants

2014 Silver Award, A’ Design Competition, Como, Italy
2006 Australia Council mentoring program through Craft ACT Contemporary Craft & Design
2005 Project funding, A.C.T. Arts Funding Program
2004 Australia Council Craft-in-Site grant through Craft ACT Contemporary Craft & Design
2001 New Work Grant VACB
1994 University of Sydney Research Award for 1995-96
1992 ACT Arts and Special Events, Individual Materials Grant
1991 CITA Emerging Artists Support Scheme, Australian National University Award



Legislative Assembly of the ACT, Canberra ACT,
Lommel City Hall Collection, Belgium,
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT,
Australian Parliament House, Canberra, ACT,
Seto City At Museum, Japan,
Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, NSW,
American Museum of Glass New Jersey USA,
Artbank, Sydney, NSW,
ANU Collection, Canberra ACT


Solo Exhibitions

2016 Tangents, Stanley St Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2010-11Tangerine Gold, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Made in Japan, CraftACT, Canberra ACT
2009-10 Put one and two together, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2006 City of Glass, CraftACT, Canberra, ACT
2002 Glass Memories Chappell Gallery, New York, USA
2001 Points of Saturation, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide, SA
1999 Recent Works, Beaver Gallery, Canberra, ACT
1998 Toying, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Dimensions, Purple Space, JamFactory, Adelaide, SA
1997 Toying, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney Might be: Masters of the Universe, Side On Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1996 Arthur and Mary, Kinesis Gallery, Leichhardt, Sydney, NSW


Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Fuse Glass Prize, JamFactory Gallery, Adelaide, SA, 2016 Waterhouse Art Prize South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA, 2016 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Melbourne, VIC.

2015 Lommel City Hall permanent display, Belgium, Protest, M16, Canberra, Diplomacy, Canberra Glassworks, Kingston ACT

2014 Hobart Art Prize, TMAG Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra Glass Works

2013 The Story of the Creative, New York, Inhabit, Craft ACT Gallery, Designing Craft, Crafting Design, JamFactory 40 year anniversary touring Exhibition, Pin Exhibition ANCA Gallery ACT Flipside, ANCA Gallery ACT, Momentum, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

2012 Re-Pin, ANCA Gallery Canberra,

2011 Willoughby Sculpture Prize, Sydney NSW, Uncontained, CraftACT, Canberra, Seto City AIR Retrospective, Seto, Japan, Drink, Canberra Glassworks,

2010 Workshopped 10, Sydney NSW, Ranamok 2010 Glass Prize, Touring Exhibition, Made in Japan, The Crucible, Craft ACT

2009 Willoughby Sculpture Prize, Willoughby, NSW Construct, ANCA Gallery, Canberra ACT, 2008 Masterworks in Glass, Narek Galleries, Tanja NSW, Sequence, M16 Gallery, Canberra, Fink: fostering Design, Craft ACT Artists in Residence Exhibition, Seto City Art Museum, Japan, Gather, CraftACT Gallery, Travelling South, M16 Gallery Canberra.

2007 Heartland, Canberra Glassworks, ACT, Scintilla, CraftACT,

2005 Southern Lights Light Square Gallery, Adelaide, Sweet Cheeks, Lion Arts Centre Adelaide, Geometry Rythm Light, Craft ACT, Effen Glass, ANCA Galley Canberra ACT, 25 year Glass Retrospective, Canberra School of Art Gallery, ACT,

2004 Geometry Rythm Light, Object Gallery Sydney, Canberra Glass, Beaver Galleries ACT, Box, Australian National Capital Artists selected exhibition, ACT.

2003 20/20 Vision, Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village New Jersey USA. Hobart Art Prize, Hobart City Council Chambers, Hobart Tasmania, Exhibition Home, Craft ACT, Canberra.

2002, Future Factor, Craft Queensland Object Gallery, Less is More, Less is a Bore, Brisbane City Art Gallery, Dialogue - Stephen Proctor and Friends, Quadrivium, Sydney, Cowra Art Prize, Cowra Regional Art Gallery NSW

2001 Glass State, JamFactory Gallery, Adelaide, Australian Glass at the Cutting Edge, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne

2000 Designing Minds, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide and Object Galleries, Sydney (Olympic Arts Festival) At the Edge - Australian Glass Art, Brisbane City Gallery and Gallery Handwerk, Munich Fusion, Contemporary Glass, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne,

1999 Latitudes II: Bullseye Glass in Australia, national tour JamFactory Biennial, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide Pivot, Nexus Gallery, Adelaide The organic and the artificial, University Gallery, Launceston and national tour, Vetro al Femmininile, Artiste in Vetro Contemporaneo, Gallery Marina Barovier, Venice Ausglass Selected Members Exhibition, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery Vitreous II, Craft Queensland, Brisbane

1998 City of Hobart Art Prize, Sculpture and Textiles, Hobart Town Hall Gallery Venezia Aperto Vetro, VeniceItaly, Aurora, Hanoi and Ho Chi Mihn City Vietnam, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, and tour This Way Up, Object Galleries, Customs House, Sydney, NSW Past Tense, Future Perfect, Craft West, Perth and Object Galleries, Sydney


Architectural Commissions

2013 Centre for China in the World Boardroom and Directors Office windows, ANU, ACT
2012 Daramalan College Art and Technology Building window, ACT
2011 Young School Foyer, NSW, St Thomas Early Learning Centre and Primary School Library windows, ACT
2010 Ainslie Special needs housing, external features Narrabundah ACT
2009 St Judes Primary School Foyer window, ACT
2008 Cook Community Centre, ACT
2007 CIT Building External architecture detail, Canberra ACT