Sabbia Gallery will be hosting “In Essence” – a significant exhibition of contemporary studio glass in September 2008, as part of its ongoing commitment to the contemporary studio glass movement.
The inspiration behind this exhibition, which has been three years in the planning, is the much loved artist, teacher, mentor, colleague and friend, the late Stephen Procter.
Stephen was one of our finest glass artists. His work expressed a reductive, honest and intelligent approach to glass. He was an inspirational artist and teacher, encouraging his colleagues and students to explore the essential qualities that are inherent in glass.
Stephen’s enthusiasm for the international glass movement and the exchange of ideas between glass communities around the world, eventuated in the establishment of the Stephen Procter Fellowship, through the Australian National University School of Art.
This exhibition will present the work of many of Stephen’s contemporaries from Australia and overseas who were, and continue to be influenced by his art and his teachings. It is a celebration of his legacy, represented through the work of the recipients of the Fellowship since its establishment in 2003, along with a body of Stephen’s work.
Our many thanks go to Dan Klein, Christine Procter and Richard Whiteley for their curatorial assistance of this beautiful exhibition, and to Grace Cochrane, Gordon Bull and the Australian National University School of Art for their support.