CAPO Grants Round Winners – Dan Venables
Dan Venables arrived in Canberra as a young boy from the United Kingdom in 2000. Initially he thought of a career in architecture, but – maths not being his forte – he opted to study graphic design and photography at school. He obtained his Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours [First Class] in 2017, from the Australian National University, Glass Workshop. During his degree he won a scholarship in 2015 to study abroad at Pilchuk Glass school, USA, and upon completion of his degree, was awarded the Boronia Emerging Artist Prize.
Since completing his studies, he has completed a residency at the Canberra Glassworks, participated in a number of exhibitions, including an exhibition at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney and at Craft ACT in 2019. He was a Graduate-in-Residence at the Australian National University in 2018 and in 2019, he was awarded the CAPO Urban Pantry Manuka Award which helped him acquire new equipment for his studio in Belconnen.
Alongside his glass practice, Dan developed a love of knifemaking through necessity [he needed a knife, so he made one!] and metalworking. He creates customised high-end culinary knives, and a wide range of tools, as well as a bespoke service.
The knives that Dan creates are designed to be long-lasting heirloom pieces. The steel is hand-forged and laminated out of high carbon steel, and the handles are all sourced from reclaimed timber from around Australia. He is currently working on new designs and blademaking techniques and hopes to expand his presence in this field via markets and online orders for bespoke knives.
Dan sees CAPO as being extremely supportive of artists in all mediums in Canberra and is a donor to this year’s CAPO auction.
CAPO acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people as the traditional owners of the land where we live and learn, and pays its respects to their elders past, present and emerging.