This year, 2022, is the International Year of Glass and the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG) will be presenting the Member’s Exhibition here at the Sarjeant Gallery i-Site Gallery. This will be the largest showcase of glass art in the country and presented in collaboration with New Zealand Glassworks Te Whare Tūhua o Te Ao and NZSAG. For more information about it see the works on show or to purchase, see the NZSAG Website.
For over forty years NZSAG has convened, educated and exhibited New Zealand artists in glass. Connecting artists, societies and galleries through conferences, social events and exhibitions while providing a collective platform of empowerment, storytelling and creativity through the art of glass. This exhibition is a chance to celebrate the breadth of glass practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The guest judges for this years awards were Grace Lai, Auckland Museum’s Curator of Applied Arts & Design; Greg Donson, Curator and Public Programmes Manager at Sarjeant Gallery and Justine Olsen, Curator Decorative Art and Design at Te Papa Tongarewa. The Lazelle Supreme Award received $3000, the NZSAG Merit award receives $1000 and the Innovation in Glass award receives $500. The Money Poppins & Article People’s Choice award will be voted on and awarded at the culmination of the exhibition. The ballot box will be at the front desk of the Sarjeant Gallery.
Above: Mike Crawford, Kāhu, cast crystal, 2022.