Thursday, 30 May 2013

Goulburn commission: a gift to celebrate Canberra's Centenary

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to meet Katy Gallagher, the ACT Chief Minister, when presenting a gift from the Mayor of Goulburn to celebrate Canberra's Centenary.
From left to right: The Very Rev'd Phillip Saunders Dean of St Xaviour's Cathedral,
me (Kate Ward, Artist), Katy Gallagher ACT Chief Minister,
Geoff Kettle Mayor Goulburn Mulwaree, and Rt. Rev’d Stuart Robinson.
I met Geoff Kettle, Mayor, Goulburn Mulwaree Council last year following the exciting announcement that my work had been selected to celebrate Canberra's centenary when I designed three screen printed tea towels which are currently available for sale around Canberra or online. (for more info visit this previous blog entry)
Detail of the small vessels
Image by Art Atelier Photography

 Geoff Kettle and I discussed the various possibilities to create a gift for Canberra from the people of Goulburn and we decided upon a ceramic vessel that would have an image of St Saviour's, as this was the Cathedral that made Goulburn the first inland city. St Saviours also turns 150 this year, so it has been a year of celebrations within the Canberra region.

St Saviour's Cathedral. Large vessel and four small.
Image by Art Atelier Photography
When we met and I had a small 'marquette' of how the larger vessel would look, it was decided that each of the Officials involved would also have a smaller version to commemorate the occasion, and so four smaller vessels were also made. The large vessel measures about 30cm high and 11cm in diameter. The small vessels are 10cm high and 8cm in diameter.

St Saviour's Cathedral
Image by Art Atelier Photography
Image by Art Atelier Photography
Detail of the small vessels
Image by Art Atelier Photography
There are a whole lot of exciting things happening over the next few months, stay tuned and all will be revealed!
Until then, I hope you stay warm and enjoy the colder winter months. Here's a great recipe from Jamie O for mulled wine - which Im sure will help keep away those winter blues.
Kate x

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