A Collaborative Chandelier for The CoLab Conference

Are you up for;

  • Doing something different?
  • Taking on a challenge?
  • Working with other artists?
  • Adding ‘unique’ to your CV?

To celebrate the theme of collaboration, the Crystal Chain Gang (CCG) has initiated and will facilitate a project to create a collaborative chandelier for The CoLab Conference. This project has been sponsored by New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG), Ausglass, The Sarjeant Gallery and New Zealand Glassworks (NZG).

We would like to invite all NZSAG & Ausglass Members to become collaborative partners in this exciting art project. The vision is to collectively create a dynamic, illuminated work of art glass that will be assembled and then exhibited at the Sarjeant Gallery for The CoLab Conference. The chandelier will be publicly displayed (not for sale).

Chandeliers have been a popular, desirable and enduring decorative object throughout centuries. Their history spans more than eight hundred years. Chandeliers evolved from rock crystal hanging constructions to elaborate cut crystals and ostentatious features for grand palaces which symbolized wealth, luxury and grandeur. Modern society is such that chandeliers are no longer the exclusive domain of the rich and famous. Contemporary chandeliers combine elements of both classic and modern design, which grace the ceilings of current day homes, providing illuminated enchantment for the dwellers within.

We would like artists to think about what a chandelier means to them. Be inspired and interpret this concept with the creation of components, able to be suspended, that reflect this idea from within your own practice.

Please download the information and form here.



A combined Online exhibition with NZSAG and CGS



We are pleased to announce details of a first for New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG) – a juried online exhibition, to be held in conjunction with the Contemporary Glass Society’s (CGS) Members. CGS is celebrating its 20th Anniversary (in 2017) by holding a series of national and international collaborative exhibitions. We think this is a fantastic opportunity for our members especially in the lead up to our 2019 conference ‘CoLab’ and encourage all to participate. 

The exhibition work is open all techniques including hot glass, fused glass, stained glass, pâte de verre, engraving, jewellery, cast glass and mixed media by NZSAG members and members of CGS.

  • The closing date for entries will be 6th Oct 2018
  • A selection of Juried entries, curated by CGS, will be exhibited in an online gallery hosted by the CGS website 
  • The gallery of selected entries will be online for viewing from 20th October.
  • There is no entry fee to the exhibition but there is a 30% commission

COLLABORATE THEME: Open to the artists’ interpretation of the concept of collaboration, what it means to us as individuals, as artists and as a community.

Please download an entry form here: Collaborate_NZSAG_CGS_Entry_Form

Please complete this form, save as a Word .doc or .docx with your last name & initial in the file name and email with 1- 3 jpeg images per piece to news@nzsag.co.nz keeping a copy for yourself. Make sure your image files are at 300dpi are named with: Last Name, Initial, title of work and any photographer’s credit.


Past Catalogues

Free Catalogues – first in first served


We are having a clean out and still have some exhibition catalogues remaining from the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass members show in 2015 and 2016! If any members would like a copy, please contact briarlee@nzglassworks.com. Copies are free for members on a first in first served basis. You will just need to pay for postage or collect from Whanganui. Great for reference or for your portfolio. 

2018 Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui Arts Review

 The winner of the Arts Review Open Award is ‘Breathe’ by Kathryn Wightman. Judge Karl Chitham said the work drew him back again and again – beautiful and full of depth and lustre, it hints at memory and nostalgia. Incredibly it is kiln formed glass with sintered glass powder. Congratulations Kathryn!

New Zealand’s longest running Arts Review is on show until May 13th at the Sarjeant on the Quay Gallery in Whanganui.

Always a diverse selection of work across all media being made in the Whanganui region.
This year is no exception. Among the work is a good selection of glass pieces including the over all winner of this years review “Breathe” by Kathryn Wightman.

Selected works in glass by:

• Carmen Simmonds

• Emma Camden

• Phillip Stokes

• Claire Bell

• David Traub

  • Kathryn Wightman – 2018 Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui Open Award

• Jonathon Cuff – Ceramic Lounge Merit Award 

Re posted from the NZSAG March Newsletter and the Sarjeant Gallery Website and Facebook     

CoLab Conference


With less than 12 months to go NZSAG and Ausglass are delighted to launch The CoLab conference with the release of our vibrant logo and a preview of exciting activities.


The CoLab will explore in theory and in practice, the multifaceted nature of collaboration.
When: 15-17 February 2019
Where: Whanganui, New Zealand


The three-day program will comprise lectures, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions, a delegate’s project and numerous social events.

Various concurrent exhibitions will complement the conference theme and showcase the art work of invited international artists, NZSAG and Ausglass members.

Workshops and activities are also scheduled in the days immediately before and after the conference.


Leading contemporary national and international artists such as Katharine Coleman, Laura Donefer and Ben Young are contributing, amongst others soon to be announced. These artists have been selected as their practices demonstrate collaboration and innovation with glass. They will share with us a cross-pollination of ideas, methodologies and cultural approaches to glass.

Watch these spaces:

www.colabconference.com/ (Launching soon)

We are excited about you being a part of this inaugural event!