Situated in the historic Kingston Power House, Canberra Glassworks is a gallery featuring glass art, a studio, exhibits and displays, and a viewing platform.
The Historic Kingston Power House was one of the first permanent buildings in Canberra and powered the city's early development. In 1957, it closed, leading to many ideas on the Power House's fate and its land.
The Historic Kingston Power House which houses Canberra Glassworks
Fifty years later, Canberra Glassworks was established, and today this landmark has local, national and international significance.
It is also the largest dedicated glass studio in Australia and Australia's only cultural centre that is wholly dedicated to contemporary glass art. It also combines spacious industrial cathedral interiors mixed with dramas and thrills of glassblowing, and beautiful displays, making it an unforgettable experience.
Some of the amazing glass displays on the ground level at the entrance
Canberra Glassworks also provides diverse opportunities for visitors to interact and learn about glass making, view exhibitions and displays, take tours, and have hands-on experience making and working with glass.
The highlight at the Gallery is the "Hot Shop" viewing platform, where it allows you to get up-close and personal (safe distance, of course) to watch the glassblowing masters in action. This experience is a must! We sat there for close to an hour, witnessing the magic and being in awe with glassblowing and making.
The Hot Shop Viewing Platform. It was incredible watching the glassblowers!
The Gallery provides artists with state-of-the-art equipment and intensive workshops taught by leading glass artists, studios and mentorship programs, and a unique context to explore, develop and release new work.