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Canberra Glassworks

Canberra GlassworksBuilt and funded by the ACT Government, the Canberra Glassworks is Australia’s only cultural centre that is wholly dedicated to contemporary glass art. Right at home in the Kingston ARts Precinct, the Canberra Glassworks provides access to glassmaking facilities for glass artists.

Australia has developed an enviable reputation nationally and internationally for the quality and skill of its glass artists.  The recognition of Kingston Foreshore as a world class arts hub is underpinned by this unique facility which provides glass artists opportunities to grow and further develop their glass practice, and to further contribute to this very special local industry.

The Canberra Glassworks provides artists with state-of-the-art equipment, intensive workshops taught by leading glass artists, studios and mentorship programs.

The Canberra Glassworks also provides diverse opportunities for visitors to interact with and learn about glass making and the heritage of Canberra’s Kingston Power House. Visitors can meet artists, see glassmaking as it happens, view exhibitions, take tours and have a hands-on experience working with glass. Visit the Canberra Glassworks website or follow the Canberra Glassworks on Facebook

Touching Lightly

The Canberra Glassworks is also home to Touching Lightly, a 25 metre high internally lit landmark glass tower that symbolises the heritage of Canberra’s oldest public building, the Kingston Power House. The piece was unveiled on the Kingston Foreshore on 21 May 2010 by then Chief Minister and Minister for the Arts and Heritage Jon Stanhope.

Touching LightlyTouching Lightly was created by internationally-recognised Australian artist Warren Langley and assembled in Canberra with the help of local artists and traders. With the power of  green energy, this piece shimmers during the day and glows with blue lights at night. The tower rises from the base of the former Power House smokestack and was designed to evoke the Power House’s previous 35 metre-high steel chimney. Built between 1913 and 1915, the Powerhouse supplied Canberra with coal-generated electricity until 1957.

The artwork consists of a galvanised steel frame surrounded by toughened glass and rings of LED lights. 

Warren Langley is one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists working with glass and light. He has completed major international and national commissions and his work appears throughout the world.

This landmark project was jointly funded by the ACT Government and ActewAGL.