Glass Art Mentorship
The 2018 Festival of Glass sees the official launch of a Mentorship Programme for young people considering a career in glass. Each year, the Festival of Glass committee will collaborate with local secondary schools to select three recipients of a Mentorship.
2018 saw the official launch of the Festival of Glass Mentorship Programme. Mentors will assist Mentorship recipients to build careers as glass artists by:
· introducing them to a range of ideas, techniques and processes used in glass work
· assisting them to exhibit and sell their work and to compete for Awards – starting with the 2019 Festival of Glass Art Awards
· helping them to build a professional resume, starting by participating in the 2018 Festival of Glass and promoting the 2019 Mentorship Programme at school assemblies
· encouraging them to build a network of shared interests and mutual respect with other artists and students in the Mentorship Programme.
How does the programme work?
Each year, the Festival of Glass committee will collaborate with local secondary schools to select three recipients of a Mentorship. Each successful applicant will receive:
· 10 hours of tuition in glass lampwork (including materials)
· 10 hours of tuition in glass fusing (including materials)
· Membership of the Beaders Guild of Geelong Inc.
· Participation in two workshops held at the Guild’s monthly meetings (not including materials).
The successful applicants for 2018 are:
Roxanne Van Beveren (Christian College)
Jane Jarecki (Christian College)
Kirsty Vella (St Ignatius)
How is the programme funded?
The Festival of Glass committee is grateful to the two Mentors in the 2018 programme - Glenda MacNaughton and David Hobday – and to the Beaders Guild of Geelong Inc., which will offer students tuition in glass bead work.
The Festival of Glass committee is also grateful to the individuals and organisations without whose support the Mentorship would not exist:
- Festival of Glass
- OPSM Waurn Ponds
- The Rotary Club of Drysdale
- Beaders Guild of Geelong Inc
- Peter Minson
- Mark Eliott
These people value the sharing of skills, the broadening of experiences and the creation of a community that the Mentorship Programme encourages; and the Festival committee values their encouragement and support.
David Hobday, 2018 Mentor
Glenda Mac Naughton, 2018 Mentor