We cooperate as an association to advance the practice of sculpture and the reputation and appreciation of sculpture and sculptors in the community. This is regardless of whether or not we make a living from sculpture and regardless of our preferred style or medium. To this end we support artists’ moral rights, we advocate a professional attitude to the production and presentation of work and encourage the artistic and intellectual stimulation of interaction amongst artists of all persuasions.

Vale Matthew Harding

The Association of Sculptors of Victoria is saddened to learn of the recent death of Matthew Harding. With the announcement of Matthew's memorial service many obituaries will be coming in - here is a tribute from Mark Cowie reflecting his and our loss.

I am saddened to write informing members of the Association of Sculptors of Victoria of the recent death of Matthew Harding who tragically ended his life on Thursday, 22 February 2018, in Trentham, aged 53.

Matthew resided in Trentham with his wife and four young children. His studio and workshop are also based in the township. Many of you will remember him opening the Association’s Annual exhibition in 2016.

Although acquainted through friendship, it is only appropriate that those closest to Matthew reference his life and speak to his personal qualities. With that in mind, if I may, I would like to offer the following tribute.

It is challenging to describe the depth and complexity of Matthew’s life as an artist. The breadth of his three-decade-long artistic career is extensive and significant. A prolific, multi-skilled artist with a considerable exhibiting history, he has notable lists of private commissions and major public installations, and some noteworthy prize awards. The array of his sculptural and visual art works situated across Victoria, around Australia and in many parts of the world are testament to and a constant reminder of his standing as one of the most inventive, appealing and well-respected contemporary Australian designers and sculptors.

The evident regard for Matthew’s mighty catalogue of works arises in response to his appreciation of conceptual excellence, his keenness for creative challenges, and, ultimately, his bravery and tenacity in achieving resolution of the form. I, for one, am inspired, and often rediscover my sense of wonderment, when viewing many of his works. And in all that energy to manifest works engendering intrigue, intricacy and dynamism, his artistic temperament has stood strong and authentically. Matthew’s seemingly innate ability to conceive and design sculpture of sometimes stunning magnitude and scale, yet all the while counter-pointed by works of contemplative and reflective qualities, reveal time and again his exquisite craftsmanship and dexterity traversing many styles, media and disciplines.

I was fortunate and honoured to have Matthew open and introduce my exhibition at Little Gallery in Trentham in 2016. He was in fine form that evening.

Matthew will be profoundly and forever missed by his family. He will be deeply missed as a wonderful human being. His infectious behaviour, enthusiasm and engagement with so many as a mentor, collaborator, colleague and friend will also be missed for long. May he remain an inspiration for future artistic endeavours of many within the creative collective.

My sincere condolences to Matthew’s immediate and extended family.

Vale Matthew Harding, farewell.
Mark Cowie

A Mass celebrating Matthew’s life will be conducted on Thursday 8th March 2018, at 11:00am at St Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, in Trentham. Immediately following the Mass, Matthew will be buried at Trentham Cemetery. The service will be followed by a wake at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham. For more information please contact Natural Grace Funeral Services in Woodend on 1300 008 037. Matthew’s wife, Freya, plans to create a garden in Matthew’s honour, so that the family can tend, nurture and grow something beautiful from their loss. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to bring a frost-tolerant plant of your choice.

More information can be found on http://www.matthewharding.com.au/ including a link to a support fund to assist his young family.

Letter for February

Hi Everyone,

I am Paul Cacioli and have taken on the daunting task of managing this year’s ASV Sculpture Exhibition at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. The MIFGS is run by a company called The International Marketing Group (IMG) and they kindly sponsor us by providing the site, services and some of the prize money. They also provide some promotional help through Hot House Media who organize all the promotions for the Show as contracted by IMG.

MIFGS opening soon...

This time next month we’ll be in the middle of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show - preparations are frantic in some studios.... Invitations to the presentation event and preview will accompany this newsletter.

If you are not exhibiting and would like to be involved in the show - and get to experience it close to - you can volunteer to "sit" the show or work in the demonstration event. Please contact Paul Cacioli asv_mifgs@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au 0429 575 299 if you can help.

The work that will on show is looking great - we look forward to an impressive and inspirational show.

Dates for Your Diary

We meet in the community meeting rooms of the Ashburton Baptist Church. Enter the building from the Marquis Street car park. We’ll start at 7:30pm

John Bishop with his work  

14 March after a well attended meeting at Dean Bowen’s studio on 21 February we feel we are on a roll - both new and familiar faces filled the space - it was great to see you all. In March we’ll have a talk by John Bishop on his artistic journey in sculpture. See you at 7:30pm at the Ashburton Baptist Church Community meeting rooms

21 to 25 March - MIFGS - we hope to see you exhibitng and/or at the prize presentation.

We will try to make the rest of the year as exciting as our first 2 meetings. Please send your ideas to Gillian 0412 122 884. Another studio visit? A Foundry visit? Life drawing class? Love to get your ideas and help in organising.

A Visit to Dean Bowen's Studio

Thorry Gunnersen November 29 1940 - February 4th 2018

We are sad to announce the death of Thorry Gunnersen, nephew of our past member, Margaret Gunnersen Thomas. Margaret was an active and generous member, who initiated the William Hoggan Thomas Prize, now the Gunnersen Thomas Prize.

When she died some years ago, Thorry took on the responsibility of donating $1000 each year towards the Thomas Prize in memory of Margaret.

He was an enthusiastic supporter of the ASV in this way and attended many of our Annual Shows. 

He was a successful businessman and an adventurous sailor who remained a sympathetic and approachable friend of the ASV.

Michael Meszaros

The News - in no particular order

Plenty of news for everyone! Exhibitions to enter, exhibitions to see, expressions of interest and news in general - such as:

Meridian Sculpture Foundry is offering workshops in wax working and bronze casting - you can see their program here: http://meridiansculpture.com/sculpture-modelling-workshops/  It’s worth noting that Meridian’s prizes at last year’s Annual Exhibition included a workshop - there’s something to think about! You can also follow them on Instagram meridiansculpture