Thursday, October 5, 2023

Clare Belfrage: In the Glow of Green

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One of Australia’s most renowned glass artists takes inspiration from our region.
“It was two weeks of just really quiet, thoughtful research: walking in the rainforest, a lot of photography, a fair bit of writing, drawing and just absorbing the place, all on my own” Clare Belfrage.

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Media Release, 1 August 2023

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre will present a new exhibition titled In the Glow of Green by leading Australian glass artist Clare Belfrage from Friday 4 August 2023.

Exclusive to the Tweed Regional Gallery, the exhibition is the outcome of Belfrage having undertaken a two-week residency at the Gallery’s on-site studio, the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio.

In 2022 Belfrage used her time here as an immersive research period – filled with walking, writing, photographing, drawing, thinking, smelling, feeling, being.

“On each day of the residency, Clare would visit a nearby national park, observing the small details of these natural environments such as moss, lichen and bark,” said Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM.

“These patterns, colour and rhythms of nature became the inspiration for the creation of a new collection of glass objects made by the artist in her Adelaide home studio and the hot glass studio at Adelaide’s iconic JamFactory. The resulting glass works are breathtaking in their colour, striking luminosity and detail.

“This exhibition is an exciting opportunity to experience the work of a leading Australian artist working in the very special medium of glass.

“Additionally, it is inpired by the extraordinary detail of the natural world – our backyard. It’s an honour for the Tweed Regional Gallery to present this exhibition, especially as it has a unique and direct connection to the Northern Rivers region.” 

Clare Belfrage: In the Glow of Green will be on display in the Friends Gallery at the Tweed Regional Gallery until 26 November 2023.

For all activity and event details visit the Gallery website.

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