Ruth Allen: Glass Sculptor

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Jump National Mentoring Program for Young and Emerging Artists.

In December 2010, Adelaide based glassblower Amanda Dziedzic approached me to be her mentor for a 9 month Jump National Mentoring program in 2011. I had met Amanda on several occasions, she had struck me as vivacious, charismatic and somewhat on the pulse, I thought ‘what a great idea’. Co-incidently the notion of having an Adelaide based team member worked extremely well for the development and execution of several projects that were brewing at my end, namely the Adelaide Fringe. Amanda became instrumental in confirming the venue, organising...

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Adelaide Fringe 2011


In February, I travelled to Adelaide to create & install a site specific mobile at the newly revitalised Fringe Hub, Electra House.

In conjunction with this event I directed a special project as part of the Jam Factory, Glass Workshop, Associates program. The team of seven worked industriously in the 5 day workshop to create more than 100 Venetian style chandelier components for the project. I was also accompanied on the project by Amanda Dziedzic who initiated a mentor/mentee relationship as part of JUMP the National Mentoring Program for Young & Emerging Artists.

The installation affectionately named Florence ...

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Artist in School | 2009 -2010


Things That Make You Smile was a community arts project initiated by Mount Erin Secondary College, Frankston involving ten local primary schools. Each grade six student from each local primary school was asked to create a drawing depicting the things that made them smile. These drawings were then translated into glass tiles by Mount Erin College students. Through this six month project the students learnt how to cut & grind glass, translate designs, compose pictures and fuse glass.The brief was simple: What makes you smile? The response to this question was heart warming as we discovered that the things...

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Williamstown Festival 2008


In October 2007 I was appointed Director of the 2008 Williamstown Art & Culture Festival.

This 6 month contract included the raising of $85,000 sponsorship (within a 3 month period) and the coordination of a 2 day, 2 evening event for an estimated 15,000 people.

Holding the only employed position I sourced and coordinated up to 16 volunteers to facilitate the desired brief from the advisory board, council, key stakeholders and the community.

The event included;A 2 day music program of local and Melbourne based musicians.Multi-Cultural Community Carnival celebrating identity, culture and talents of local...

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