Since the establishment of a glass department at the Wanganui Regional Polytechnic in 1987, Wanganui has become known as a centre of excellence for glass practice. In 2006, the Ministry of Social Development provided Creative Communities funding for a glass facilitator to support and build the glass sector in Wanganui. One successful initiative has been the establishment of a Festival of Glass, with this year being the fifth. Organisation of this year’s festival, which will run from 18 September–3 October, has been taken up by the Wanganui Glass Group.
As part of this year’s festival, the Sarjeant Gallery is pleased to present a selection of work by glass artists who are currently living and working in Wanganui or who are graduates of the glass programme in Wanganui. The varied selection of work is a true reflection of the diversity of glass as a medium and is testament to why glass has gained in popularity in recent years. The exhibition includes the work of recent graduates and well-established practitioners, all of whom explore the medium in challenging and engaging ways.