Special events have been organized as part of the conference program or to coincide with the conference dates.   

There are also great opportunities to explore the wonders of Whanganui with suggestions such as these.  

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The CoLab Collaboration Chandelier

To celebrate the theme of collaboration, Crystal Chain Gang will - with lots of help! - be making a collaborative chandelier for The CoLab Conference. NZSAG & Ausglass Members will be collaborative partners in this exciting project, which will see us collectively create a dynamic, illuminated and unique work of art glass. The finished piece will be on exhibition at the Sarjeant Gallery over the course of the conference. The project could not have been realized without the generous support of NZSAG, Ausglass, The Sarjeant Gallery and New Zealand Glassworks.


BEach furnace

Castlecliff Beach will be the backdrop for another iteration of a centuries-old tradition; use of a wood-fired furnace for glass-making.  Sui Jackson (Australia) will lead a team building an adobe furnaces; simple, wood fired constructions that can be built quickly and cheaply from locally sourced materials. In this instance the furnace and annealing chamber will be built from bricks salvaged from a furnace that was demolished from New Zealand Glassworks early in 2018. Throughout the afternoon public demonstrations from local and international glass blowers will show just what can be done when working in this primitive style.


Castlecliff glass ‘dig in’

In collaboration with Progress Castlecliff and in a tradition established in the seventies and eighties at Castlecliff beach, our ‘dig in’ will see 100 glass art treasures buried in the dark volcanic sands of this beautiful stretch of New Zealand’s west cost. Conference delegates, the public and school groups will join in this fun activity to see what they can find. One lucky digger will discover a real treasure!