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We are pleased to have Grace Cochrane, independent curator and writer, as our special guest and to launch this beautiful Monograph


Please join one of Australia’s foremost glass artists Giles Bettison and Sabbia Gallery’s directors Anna Grigson and Maria Grimaldi at the Sydney launch of Giles’ SALA monograph ‘Pattern and Perception’ by Margot OsborneRSVP Essential by 11 August to Sarah Grimaldi on +61 2 9361 6448World studio glass authority Dan Klein has praised Giles Bettison as ‘one of the great practitioners of today’, who ‘more or less reinvented the ancient Venetian tradition of incorporating murrine into glass vessels’. Bettison’s work has been exhibited extensively overseas since the 1990s but he has received far less recognition in Australia, even in his home town of Adelaide  – until now.Wakefield Press is proud to collaborate once again with the SALA Festival and Arts SA to bring you this year’s SALA monograph, Giles Bettison: Pattern and Perception. Author Margot Osborne has worked in collaboration with the artist to trace the evolution of his aesthetic philosophy over the past two decades. After bursting onto the international scene in the mid-1990s he was honoured with the 1999 Urban Glass New York Award for New Talent and picked up for representation by major galleries throughout Europe. In 2004, after working in New York for many years, Bettison returned to South Australia to re-establish his studio in Adelaide. His work can now be seen in the Australian National Gallery, the Powerhouse Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, as well as in museum collections around America and Europe.


‘Giles Bettison – Pattern and Perception’ will retail for $49.95AUD.

Margot Osborne is a renowned writer, critic and curator. She has spent months drawing out Bettison’s techniques and guiding principles. In doing so she makes connections between his approach to pattern and scientific studies of how the mind perceives colour and complexity.

The release of this book coincides with the exhibition JamFactory Icon 2015 — Giles Bettison: Pattern and Perception that runs from 17 July to 12 September at Adelaide’s JamFactory during the 2015 SALA Festival.

The book will be launched in Adelaide on the 31st July and then in Sydney for its East Coast launch on the 12th August.

Giles Bettison: Pattern and Perception is the latest in Wakefield Press’s prestigious SALA series, celebrating such diverse and celebrated artists as Nicholas Folland, Stephen Bowers, Mark Kimber, Hossein Valamanesh, Khai Liew, Angela Valamanesh, Gerry Wedd, Julie Blyfield, Aldo Iacobelli, Michelle Nikou, Deborah Paauwe, Ian W. Abdullah, Nick Mount, James Darling, Kathleen Petyarre and Annette Bezor.


A small body of new work by Giles Bettison will be on display for the evening in conjunction with the book launch.