Glass Art Mentorship

Each year, the Festival of Glass committee collaborates with local secondary schools to select participants for the mentorship programme.

The specific design of the programme varies from year to year depending on the sponsorship available and based on a review of the previous year's programme.

The broad aims of the programme are to:

  • introduce secondary students on the Bellarine and surrounds to a range of ideas, techniques and processes used in glass work

  • assist them to exhibit and sell their work and to compete for Glass Art Awards

  • help participants build a professional resume

  • encourage participants to build a network of shared interests and mutual respect with other artists and students in the programme via the Young Arts Glass Group (established in 2019 by the Festival of Glass).

The mentors

David Hobday, Point Lonsdale

Kiln formed glass

Mentor 2018 - 2019

Davide Penso, Murano, Italy

Lampwork glass

Mentor Feb 2019

Glenda Mac Naughton, Drysdale

Lampwork glass and beadwork

Mentor 2018 - 2020

Roxy and Jane in the 2019 - 2020 mentorship programme extending their hot glass sculpting skills.

Mauro Bonaventura, Venice, Italy

Lampwork glass

Mentor Feb 2020

Secondary students in the 2019 mentorship programme having their first experience of flameworked glass.