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galss in architecture

Lecture: The Impact of Glass with Andy McConnell

Old Government House, Friday 10 February, 12 – 1pm, Free

Glass is the greatest substance ever created and yet it remains largely invisible to us, in more ways than one
- Andy McConnell

This lunch-box lecture by renowned glass authority, Andy McConnell (BBC's Antiques Roadshow fame), examines the astonishing impact of glass on both our lives and those of our ancestors.

McConnell explores the catalytic effect that glass has had across the range of human endeavour since the Renaissance: through science, medicine and technology to architecture, travel and communications.

Where, for instance, would we be without spectacles, light bulbs and windscreens? How many of us would be alive if it were not for the identification of germs and microbes through the use of microscope lenses? And how pleasurable would life be without window glass and loft insulation? Without glass, we would have no computers, televisions, films, telephones...

Glass is a magical substance whose role in transforming our lives is both immeasurable and almost entirely unrecognised. This talk attempts to put this omission to rights.

This event coincides with the exhibition GLASS: art design architecture at QUT Art Museum, and is supported by JamFactory and QUT Institute for Future Environments.

Andy McConnell is a keynote speaker at QUT IFE and The University of Queensland supported event, The Australian Microbeam Analysis Society (AMAS) 14th Australian Microbeam Biennial Symposium 6 – 10 February 2017.

Image: Architectus + Ingenhoven
1 Bligh Street, Sydney, 2009-11
Building owned by Dexus Property Group and Cbus Property
Photo: H. G. Esch

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Andy McConnell inspecing a glass bowl

Mini-Roadshow: Glass with Andy McConnell

Old Government House, Saturday 11 February, 12 – 1:30pm, Free

Join renowned glass authority, Andy McConnell (BBC's Antiques Roadshow fame) for an entertaining afternoon of insights into this mesmerising material. In show-and-tell style, Andy will identify and demystify a selection of historic glass objects.

A specialist glass dealer, Andy runs Britain's largest antique and vintage glass shop, Glass Etc., together with his wife Helen in the Sussex seaside town of Rye. He has also lectured and published widely on the subject and was the first glass specialist recruited to BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow. This event coincides with the exhibition GLASS: art design architecture at QUT Art Museum, and is supported by JamFactory and QUT Institute for Future Environments.

Andy McConnell is a keynote speaker at QUT IFE and The University of Queensland supported event, The Australian Microbeam Analysis Society (AMAS) 14th Australian Microbeam Biennial Symposium 6 – 10 February 2017.

Image: Andy McConnell
Photo: Jeremy Walker

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Janet LAURENCE, Natural History (Landscape and Residues Series), 2008

In-conversation with Janet Laurence

QUT Art Museum, Saturday 18 February, 2pm, Free

Janet Laurence is one of Australia's most celebrated artists. Her evocative and lyrical works often reference architecture and the natural environment, and engage with the interconnections between art, science, imagination and memory. Join the artist and Kyla McFarlane (Acting Curatorial Manager, Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art), for a discussion on her practice and work, Natural History (Landscape and Residues Series), which features in the exhibition GLASS: art design architecture. This event is supported by JamFactory.

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Janet LAURENCE
Natural History (Landscape and Residues Series), 2008
glass vials, botanical specimens, wood, steel, polished aluminum mirror
1500 x 2000 x 500 mm
Photo: Carl Warner

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Texta Book Club, various dates in 2017, Free

Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies

The evening commences with a brief tour of the current exhibition, followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of conversation about the title of choice.

Five sessions are held throughout the year on Tuesday evenings from 6 – 7:30pm at QUT Art Museum. Come to all, or pick and choose book club dates. Our titles for the year are listed below.

Tuesday 28 February, 6pm
Collected fictions by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Andrew Hurley (1999) [additional reference – Borges' Short Stories A Reader's Guide by Rex Butler (2010)]

Tuesday 2 May, 6pm
Position doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories by Kim Mahood (2016)

Tuesday 20 June, 6pm
Burial rites by Hannah Kent (2014)

Tuesday 5 September, 6pm
Science fiction novel, title to be confirmed

Tuesday 14 November, 6pm
The memory artist by Katherine Brabon (2016)

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum

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