Latrobe Regional Gallery
blown and fused glass
The McGaughey Glass Collection, Latrobe Regional Gallery
Photography by Latrobe Regional Gallery
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Born in England in 1948, Tony Trivett completed an apprenticeship as a Scientific Glassblower for six years at Fisons Scientific in Loughborough, England. After migrating to Australia in 1967 Trivett worked at both the University of Adelaide and the University of Tasmania as Chief Glassblower. In 1990 he began to focus solely on constructing perfume bottles made of blown and fused glass, experimenting with possibilities of form, colour, pattern and light diffusion.
Latrobe Regional Gallery was established as the Latrobe Valley Arts Centre by the Shire of Morwell, opened by Sir Henry Bolte in 1971. Since its inception, a collection of regional and national significance has been developed across five distinct areas, embracing works on paper, painting, ceramics, sculpture and glass.
The collection is made up of over 1500 works of art, and reflects the history of the region. It includes works by artists who have had a connection with Gippsland, or who have made work in response to this region. Reflecting the specific nature of the local environment and industries, the collection also has a thematic focus on the relationship between humanity, the environment and natural resource use.
The glass collection is of particular importance and sets the gallery apart from other public galleries in Victoria. It includes an impressive perfume bottle collection that was donated by Ingrid McGaughey in 1996.
The perfume bottle collection consists of works by some of the most respected and renowned glass artists working in Australia today, including Tasmanian-based artist Tony Trivett. The enormous variety of styles and techniques utilised is testament to the consideration that artists have given this simple object.