‘When I was at high school, I read Richard Haese’s landmark Rebels and Precursors and that book has always been really important to me. It has Heide very much at its centre. Since then, I have worked with Heide on different projects as both curator and artist and it’s one of my favourite places in the Australian art community – with amazing shows, great people, fantastic curatorial practice and incredible gardens’.
Glenn Barkley was co-curator with Heide’s Artistic Director Lesley Harding on the exhibitionsKen Whisson: As If(2014),AleksDanko: My Fellow Aus-tra-aliens(2015–16) andAn Idea Needing tobe Made: Contemporary Ceramics(2019). He was guest curator and contributing artist for the 2018–19 exhibitionMeditation on a Bone:Albert Tucker Beyond the Modern.
Glenn’s highly sought after, intricate ceramics are hand-built and rich in textural quality. In a rare opportunity, he has created 40 joyous, one-off ceramic vessels in celebration of Heide’s 40th birthday. Each of these smaller scale pieces is unique in colour, detail and form.