As Festival of Glass Chair Doug Carson reports, the City of Greater Geelong has supported the Festival of Glass consistently since it started in 2011, as has local councillor Rod Macdonald. The council invested significantly in the Festival of Glass in 2011 and 2012 and will be a major investor in the 2013 Festival. Its support has come through its Community Arts & Festivals grants scheme and each year it holds an awards night to recognise the latest grant recipients.
As people arrived at the awards ceremony, the first thing they saw was the Festival of Glass display. This included pull-up banners, brochures, laminated photos and images of the last 2 Festivals, plus a rolling slide show. There was also a selection of the large number of glass items donated by exhibitors to the Festival raffle, together with books of raffle tickets .... and anyone who missed the tickets was soon cornered!
In January and early February 2013, the Festival committee will run mount the awards display four times at local venues, each time highlighting and promoting the work of Festival exhibitors and encouraging people come and see more for themselves.