from event convener Poppe Davis
This is a modified version of an update by Poppe that was first published in Ausglass Review | spring 2016/summer 2017
Gearing up for a very exciting and successful event at MAGiC 2017
Mansfield Art Glass incorporating Ceramics (MAGiC) is well under way to becoming the biggest regional art glass and ceramics exhibition in Australia.
Since deciding to incorporate ceramics into the exhibition, there has been a flurry of activity to bring Australian ceramicists up to speed on what we have been doing with glass the past five years. The inclusion of ceramics came out of a random conversation with the late Mark Brabham, over a year ago, when I found I had a very strong ally in the business. Mark was incredibly supportive of the idea, so it was no large leap to move forward and create MAGiC.
We are so fortunate to have the major sponsorship of Martins Garage in Mansfield, which is the local Holden and Nissan dealer.
The Theodossi family makes the two huge light-filled showrooms available to us for the exhibition – a space which is virtually all glass with enormous picture windows – perfect for displaying art glass. Arts Council Mansfield (ACM) is grateful for the ongoing valuable sponsorship from the Theodossi family.
Some visitors have been amazed that we stage such a high-end exhibition in a car showroom, but seeing is believing and the space is truly magic. However being almost all glass we are very limited for wall space and in some cases have to make alternative arrangements for displaying large wall mounted pieces.
In March 2017 we exhibit 99 pieces of Australia’s finest artworks – all of which will be vying for prizes in five categories, plus several New Artist and People’s Choice awards. Of these, 71 works will be from glass artists from all over Australia and New Zealand. Many of our glass artists are returning from previous (MAGE) exhibitions and of course all of the ceramicists will be new to our event.
The dates to remember are 8-15 March 2017
Exhibition open 10 – 4 every day over the Labour Day weekend
We hope to see you there!