Presenters: 2021 Guildhouse Fellow Liam Fleming and Curator of Decorative Arts & Design, AGSA, Rebecca Evans and Q&A with Guildhouse CEO Emma Fey
This session is followed by a Q&A with Guildhouse CEO, Emma Fey, responding to enquiries about current open call out of The Guildhouse Fellowship. Applications to the Fellowship close Tuesday April 19, 9am. All applicants are encouraged to discuss their application with Guildhouse Artistic Programs Manager Debbie Pryor before submitting.
Liam Fleming is recognised for his unique sculptural objects which playfully test the constraints of glassblowing. Using a kiln to perform ‘controlled demolition’ of his work, he explores the complicated relationship between craft, art, design and architecture. A graduate of the prestigious JamFactory Associate program, Fleming is a finalist in AGSA’s 2021 Ramsay Art Prize and has exhibited extensively including at Melbourne Design Week and, internationally, at London Design Week, Milan Design Week and in Berlin for Australia Now.
Liam is currently developing and creating new works as part of the Fellowship for presentation at AGSA in 2023.
The Guildhouse Fellowship
The Guildhouse Fellowship, valued at over $50,000, will be awarded annually to one South Australian mid-career visual artist, craftsperson or designer. The Fellowship is generously supported by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA). More information on The Guildhouse Fellowship and how to apply can be found here, with FAQ’s here.
Liam Fleming is a Tarntanya (Adelaide) based glassblower, artist and designer with an active practice of over ten years. Alumni of University of South Australia’s visual arts program and the prestigious JamFactory glass training program, Fleming currently works part-time as Design Manager for JamFactory Glass Studio. Technically trained as a production glassblower, Fleming’s art practice is characterised by his unique sculptural objects. His work is often an expression of his interest in the complicated relationship between craft, art, design and architecture.
Fleming’s work has been exhibited extensively and is held in private collections nationwide including the public collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and has a selected piece from his Post-Production series currently on display at Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the 2021 Ramsay Art Prize. Internationally, his work has been displayed as part of London Design Week, Milan Design Week and in Berlin during Australia Now. In 2018 Fleming received a full scholarship to attend the acclaimed Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, USA, and in 2020 received an Art Gallery of South Australia artist bursary. Fleming was invited as a speaker and demonstrator at the 2018 International Glass Art Society conference in Venice, Italy and the 2019 Australasian Glass conference in Whanganui, New Zealand.
Fleming has been recognised as a finalist in several prestigious awards including JamFactory Fuse Glass Prize 2018, Art Gallery of Western Australia Tom Malone Glass Prize 2019, The Design Files Design Awards 2020 and Art Galley of South Australia Ramsay Art Prize 2021. Fleming has been invited to undertake artist residencies in Delhi, India, Oaxaca, Mexico, Murano, Italy and Seattle, USA. In July/August 2022, he will fulfil the acclaimed Artist in Residence position at Canberra Glassworks.
Curator of Decorative Arts & Design, Art Gallery of South Australia
Rebecca Evans is the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Curator of Decorative Arts & Design. She is responsible for the Gallery’s extensive collection of Australian and international decorative arts object, dating from antiquity to contemporary, a collection that includes ceramics, glass, furniture, metalwork, jewellery, fashion and textiles. Prior to joining the Gallery in 2016 she was Assistant Curator, Decorative Arts and Design (2008-2016) at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Rebecca has strong interests in contemporary and historic fashion, textiles and jewellery and has curated To have and to hold, the Daalder contemporary jewellery collection (2018), Paola Sebastian: X (2017) and Catherine Truman (2016). She has also written extensively on Australian and international decorative arts and design.