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.

Acting President's Message

Our holiday in Italy and Netherlands, September this year, impressed us with the popularity in Europe of the whole range of sculpture. A few classical museum exhibitions attracted very large numbers. We pre-booked, and then queued for an hour, to see the Villa Borghese in Rome which included, for example, Apollo e Daphne by Bernini, and Napoleon’s Sister as Venus Victorious by Antonio Canova. We queued again for over an hour for the Vatican Museum. An early morning visit enabled half an hour of awesome solitude in Basilica di San Pietro with Michaelangelo’s Moses, but soon after crowds would obscure it from view. In Florence, some 500 years after Michaelangelo sculpted “David”, people still say “Wow” on sight, and mass 6 deep around it.

Exhibitions of relatively recent works did not entail queuing. People traffic through the Peggy Guggenheim collection of modern artists in Venice was brisk but not daunting, and its dignified garden presentations of works such as Three Standing Figures by Henry Moore, and Leonie by Alberto Giacometti, could be enjoyed without pressure. In the Kroller Muller Museum of modern art in the Netherlands, enormous lawns and woods maximized the impact of works like Aristide Maillol’s L’air, and Jacques Lipchitz’s Song of the vowels.

I returned to Australia with a comfortable feeling that the ASV made a very wide spectrum of art welcome here. Emerging sculptors can experiment in classical realism and modern abstract, and combinations, without feeling out of place.

After a year in which the ASV expanded its exhibitions from 3 to 4, returned a new management Committee, and re-wrote its constitution, we turn to a consolidation period. The commitment to 4 exhibitions per annum is being maintained. This newsletter features some background on Committee members. However in the absence of more hands to the wheel some non-exhibition activities may be curtailed. This newsletter contains vacancy notices: it is important that members contribute their bit. Please respond.

Members are reminded of Herring Island exhibition opening 23 January 2009. Entries close 2 January 2009. This is an ideal venue for small indoor sculptures with good presentation conditions, and it is fun to participate.

Please also make responses to Leon Frankcom and/or John Bishop on the membership of the ASV. We need member feedback on whether your preference is for association of exhibiting sculptors, or for an association of members from wherever who are interested in sculpture.

Geoff Williams, Acting President

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings and a
Creative New Year

to Everyone
From the ASV Committee

ASV Diary Dates

Meetings are held in the Boroondara Community Arts Room, rear 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn and start at 7:30pm.

2nd January 2009

Closing date for sculpture entries Herring Island Summer Arts Festival. Entry forms are on the ASV web site at www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/hisaf_entry_2009.pdf and www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/hisaf_information_2009.pdf. And will be posted to sculptors with post delivery of the newsletter. This time we have a limited number of sculture stands available to members with specific needs – contact us early to see if you are eligible for one and if they are the right size for your work. The trolley on Herring Island has been supplemented with some new nursery trolleys so we look forward to an easier time setting up.

23rd January 2009

Set up sculpture exhibtion on Herring Island in the morning – Gala Preview with Melbourne River Cruises in the evening.

24th January to 8th February

Herring Island exhibition and demonstrations.

Monthly Meeting 11th February

Activities to be advised – but this promses to be an eventful year.

23rd February

Closing Date entries for MIFGS 2009

entry forms and conditions of entry can found on

http://www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/mifgs_entry_2009.pdf http://www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/mifgs_information_2009.pdf

Monthly Meeting 11th March



1st to 5th April

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

CONSTITUTION - Membership Clauses

John Bishop and Leon Frankcom are collating members' feedback on the issue of the membership clauses. If you would like to make some contributions, please contact them at:
John Bishop 9885 2660 after 7pm and Leon Frankcom 93971410.
Alternatively for post, you may send mail to me as follows and I will send it on to them:
Geoff Williams,
GLW Analysis Services Pty Ltd,
PO Box 245,
Collins Street West PO, Vic 8007.
Geoff Williams Vice President

What's on at Heide this Summer?

The art of existence, Les Kossatz 22 November 2008 – 8 March 2009

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Purchase or renew a Heide Membership before 31 January 2009 for the chance to win a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Yarra Valley for six people.

There are also twenty-five Domaine Chandon tour and tasting vouchers to be won.

Heide Membership offers a growing list of benefits, including unlimited free entry to all ticketed exhibitions and a 10% discount in Heide Store. A number of different levels of membership are available, click here for more details or download a Heide Membership Brochure.

For more information:
T 03 9850 1500
membership@heide.com.au
Download the full competition
Terms & Conditions (pdf file, 60kb)

The prize draw will take place at Heide Museum of Modern Art on Monday 2 February 2009. Winners will be notified by telephone and mail.

Opportunities for Sculptors

The City of Hobart is inviting artists to enter for an acquisitive prize for sculpture of $15,000. There is another prize for drawing of the same amount and there is a non acquisitive prize of $7500 as well. Info can be got at www.hobartcity.com.au/artprize . Entries have to be in by 27th Feb

Michael Meszaros has been approached by someone seeking a good home for a furnace - it can smelt aluminium. Contact Michael (after the holidays) on 9853 9610

The Art of Gardening Sustainably - An Exhibition to spread the word about sustainable gardening and raise funds for Sustainable Gardening Australia
7th February to 8th March 2009
Bolin Bolin Gallery at Bulleen Art & Garden 6 Manningham Rd W., Bulleen. 98505155 www.baag.com.au
We are asking artists to exhibit works in any medium which respond to the idea of gardening sustainably. Artists can still receive their normal price. Funds will be raised from commission on sales & small artist contribution donated to SGA ( to cover exhibition & opening costs paid by BAG); SGA (Sustainable Gardening Australia) is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation whose mission is to promote the benefits of sustainable horticulture. www.sgaonline.org.au For details about the exhibition contact: meredith@baag.com.au 94398750 bh
or go to http://www.baag.com.au/gallery/ and the "For artists" left side button.

Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition 2009

FESTIVAL DATES 1ST MAY – 31ST MAY 2009
Artist Entry form
The Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition is the most innovative and important annual event to take place in the Toorak Village, where we link the arts with business to form a unique cultural experience. During the month of May we exhibit contemporary sculptural works in the shop windows and on the sidewalks of Toorak Rd. Each year it continues to grow with increased enthusiasm from traders, artists & the public that view & buy sculpture.
2009 will be the 8th year of the Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition and we invite all emerging and prominent sculptors to submit entries for both interior & exterior installation.
Interior – small to medium sized for exhibition in shop windows & must be displayed on an independent white base (supplied by artist). Remember our shop window sizes do vary & the sculptures must share window space with shops merchandise.
Exterior - large sized, extremely robust & able to be fixed/bolted to footpath for installation along Toorak Road. There will be 8 to 10 sites available
Consultant curator – Malcolm Thomson, presently curator of the Clement Meadmore Gallery at the Australian Academy of Design will assist the exhibition committee with the selection of sculpture for the 2009 exhibition. We plan to have prizes of $5,000, $2,000 & $1,000 for the most innovative sculptural works, a prestigious opening in the Toorak Village, a full colour catalogue, signage, posters & an impressive media campaign. Once again it is proudly supported & sponsored by the City of Stonnington along with Toorak Village businesses.

We look forward to receiving entries for the Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition 2009.
All enquiries to Tracey Cammock – mobile: 0438 542 713 or email: tracey@toorakvillage.com.au

Meeting Your Committee

Patrick Culshaw

Patrick is an elderly Australian of English extraction by his own description.

He came to Melbourne some 45 years ago and has stayed ever since “The steaks were bigger cheaper and better, and the beer when you got used to it – quite good” he will tell you if you ask him why he stayed.

He worked as an Engineer with ACL/Repco, BF Goodrich and Ajax Mcphersons before being retrenched. He then joined his wife, Bronwyn in her Schools Supply business. Here he taught himself enough accounting so that he now calls himself a Professional Bookkeeper. This is why we have him as our Treasurer. Patrick is the first to admit he is not a sculptor only once being tempted to exhibit (MIFGS2007) – a mistake he swore not to repeat. However times have changed and he is now enjoying semi-retirement and doing woodworking, both carving and boxmaking. He is threatening to show us some of his work next year.

Outside of work and sculpture Patrick enjoys a glass of whiskey or red wine, the occasional golf game; he plays bridge with Bronwyn, enjoys the company of his two children and Four grand children, and watches Rugby union.

The ASV Christmas Party

This year we celebrated the Annual Christmas Party at Tim and Diane Kervin's property . What a lovely place to be! We were accommodated in their indoor entertaining area where we were very comfortable and spoilt. We even had pavlova (gluten free)!

Tim's daughter gave us guided tours of the chooks - quite special ones - as Tim and his brother are into breeding chooks. Everyone visited Tim's shed/workshop which is every sculptor's delight.

It is always a busy time of the year and difficult to get a date suitable for a lot of people. This year Kevin Free held his Annual Exhibition in his home in Landsborough over the same weekend. Working sculptors there were Janet Cameron, John Bishop, Bob Grant and Jenny Whiteside - so that took a few people out of our little group.

They were sadly missed.

Bronwyn Culshaw



I would like to thank
Dianne and Tim for their very
generous hospitality. We were made to feel most welcome. It was disappointing however that our christmas party clashed with so many other events. Perhaps next year we can just have a social day a bit earlier in the year. But many thanks for the company of those members who did come and for their contributions to the meal..Gillian

New Member

This month we welcome a new member: Joel Goodall – happy sculpting -
Ronit Freedman membership officer

Positions Vacant

For contacting existing officer bears please see the article in the November Sculpere: http://sculperenewsletter.blogspot.com/2008/11/contacting-your-committee-2009.html

Wanted –Membership Officer

Your Association needs your help

We need a person to initially understudy and help the existing Membership Officer with a view to taking over the role in the future.

This position looks after all the member records; sending out renewal notices; chasing slow payers; following up on new members and reporting to the Executive Committee

Knowledge of data base systems would be useful but not essential; an outgoing “People Person” is needed, someone to inspire new members with enthusiasm and a desire to join in our exhibitions and other activities.

If you are interested please contact the Secretary, Leon Frankcom (yardart@optusnet.com.au)

Wanted –Publicity Officer

Your Association needs your help

We need a person to be actively involved with the publicity and promotion of our major events.

This position requires contacting print and electronic media outlets, assisting with mailout campaigns and is as big or as small as the incumbent wants to make it.

Experience in advertising or public relations would be magnificent, a god send! But if you don’t have it and you love sculpture and are a bit of an extrovert who likes talking to and dealing with a wide range of people then this job is for You!

If you are interested please contact the Secretary, Leon Frankcom (yardart@optusnet.com.au)

Wanted –Activities Co-ordinator

Your Association needs your help

We need a creative person to help organise our monthly meetings. These should be the cornerstone of our association, so we need a lateral thinker who can plan and organise an interesting schedule of 10 meetings a year.

No Business, Just – Social gatherings, interesting speakers, visits to studios, workshops, show and tell, new member nights and anything else you can think of.

This position requires no experience other than LIFE itself. A knowledge of the Arts community – what is going on in the galleries, etc. would be an advantage, but not essential. Fundamentally we want a CAN DO, sort of dynamic person who is willing to contact and invite guest speakers.

If you are interested please contact the Secretary, Leon Frankcom (yardart@optusnet.com.au)

Wanted –Donor Support

Your Association needs your help

We need a tenacious and persuasive person to help raise funds for the association.

The job involves contacting business and individuals in the community and seeking their financial or other support for our exhibitions and general operating costs

This is an important role and we need someone who can take a long term view of it and is prepared to commit themselves for a few years. Follow up and continuity is important.

The successful person needs to be able to write a good business letter and have a positive phone manner. But most importantly they need to want to help the association

If you are interested please contact the Secretary, Leon Frankcom (yardart@optusnet.com.au)

Entry forms for Herring Island and MIFGS

Entry forms and information including conditions of entry for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Sculpture Garden and the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival Sculpture Exhibition are available from the following links:

MIF&GS:

http://www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/mifgs_entry_2009.pdf

http://www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/mifgs_information_2009.pdf

HISAF:

http://www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/hisaf_entry_2009.pdf

http://www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/hisaf_information_2009.pdf


Sustainable Gardening Exhibition at Bulleen Art and Garden

The Art of Gardening Sustainably

- An Exhibition to spread the word about sustainable gardening and raise funds for SGA (Sustainable Gardening Australia)

7th February to 8th March 2009

Bolin Bolin Gallery at Bulleen Art & Garden

6 Manningham Rd W., Bulleen. 98505155.

www.baag.com.au

We are asking artists to exhibit works in any medium which respond to the idea of gardening sustainably.
Artists can still receive their normal price. Funds will be raised from commission on sales & small artist contribution donated to SGA ( to cover exhibition & opening costs paid by BAG);
SGA (Sustainable Gardening Australia) is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation whose mission is to promote the benefits of sustainable horticulture. www.sgaonline.org.au
For details about the exhibition, contact meredith@baag.com.au 94398750 bh or go to http://www.baag.com.au/gallery/ and the "For artists" left side button.

Visit SGA on the web at www.sgaonline.org.au

Evolution of the ASV

As Acting President, I look forward to contributing what I can to promote ASV continuity and growth. As many of you know I am fully employed in a city accounting practice and would be classified as a hobby sculptor. The following priorities occur to me for the ASV:
Building a full working Committee as a team to run the ASV
Developing policy guidelines as requested by the AGM
Detailed planning for our four exhibitions scheduled for 2009.
In general, rather than to set targets that are too ambitious and lose credibility by lack of success, I would prefer to be conservative in setting targets and then to ensure we achieve them.
We need member help in ideas and time to keep running the ASV. We need to improve. We aim to have a first Committee meeting by mid December 2008.
Please send me any thoughts and suggestions at any time, and any comments now on priorities and targets for 2009 within a week if possible of receiving this newsletter:
Geoff Williams, Acting President
Post: Geoff Williams, GLW Analysis Services Pty Ltd, PO Box 245, Collins Street West PO, Vic 8007

ASV Diary Dates

Meetings are held in the Boroondara Community Arts Room, rear 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn and start at 7:30pm.

Christmas Party

Our Christmas party this year will be held on Sunday 7th December at the home of Tim and Dianne Kervin: 3, Mary Place, Hurstbridge.

Anyone getting lost and needing to be talked in call 0410 482 256 – the party will be swinging so they won't hear the landline. Here is Tim's sculpture Diggin' the Beat.

BBQ facilities are available.

They have large indoor and outdoor entertainment areas. Please bring a chair and your meat and drink. It should be fun.


2nd January 2009

Closing date for sculpture entries Herring Island Summer Arts Festival. Entry forms are on the ASV web site at www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/hisaf_entry_2009.pdf and www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/hisaf_information_2009.pdf. And will be posted to sculptors with post delivery of the newsletter. This time we have a limited number of sculture stands available to members with specific needs – contact us early to see if you are elegible for one and if they are the right size for your work. The trolley on Herring Island has been supplemented with some new nursery trolleys so we look forward to an easier time setting up.

23rd January 2009

Set up sculpture exhibtion on Herring Island in the morning – Gala Preview with Melbourne River Cruises in the evening.

24th January to 8th February

Herring Island exhibition and demonstrations.

Monthly Meeting 11th February

Activities to be advised – but this promses to be an eventful year.

24th February

Closing Date entries for MIFGS 2009

Monthly Meeting 11th March



1st to 5th April

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) 12, 19 November 2008

John Wooller as President and Chairman opened the meeting at 9.30 pm on 12 November 2008. He noted 17 members were present, with apologies from another 7 members.
The Treasurer’s report was read by Patrick Culshaw and accepted. It showed a surplus of $814 for the year ended 30 June 2008 ($2,418 in the previous year). A summary is included in this newsletter, or for email contact members is posted on the website at www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/2007-8_cond_p_l_bal.pdf
The Membership Report was read by Ronit Freedman and accepted. It showed 130 members as at June 2008 (137 June 2007), with 24 new members joining during the year. Our current membership is 108 financial members, the reduction being due to non renewals.
Exhibition Reports were discussed and accepted:
A Report on Herring Island Exhibition, read by Jenny Rickards;
A Report on Melbourne International Flower & Gardens Show, by Bronwyn Culshaw;
A Report on the ASV Annual Exhibition 2008, by Bronwyn Culshaw;
A Report on the Tesselaar Show by Mark Cowie.
A Report on the Web Site was made by Jenny Rickards and accepted.
A Report on the Newsletter was made by Jenny Rickards and accepted. Feedback and comments from members were requested.
A report on Activities was made by Gilliam Govan and accepted.
A report on the Constitution was treated as read, as included in the last newsletter.
At the request of the Chairman, Jenny Rickards gave a short summary of the motions she proposed, as listed in the Agenda.
Due to the late time, and the understanding that no Quorum existed, the Chairman adjourned the meeting to the same place in one week’s time.
John Wooller as President and Chairman re-opened the meeting at 7.30 pm on 19 November 2008. He noted that 11 members were present, and, as circulated by email to members, the new Constitution had been accepted with 5 additional clauses by Consumer Affairs with immediate effect on 12 November 2008. He said that he would therefore carry on the previous meeting on the basis that it was a legitimate AGM with an adequate quorum under the new Constitution. He observed that the 11 members currently present in this adjourned meeting also constituted a quorum under the new Constitution.
The Chairman asked for nominations for positions as Officers under the new Constitution for 2009:
President: there were no nominations.
Vice-President: Geoff Williams was appointed.
Secretary: Leon Frankcom was appointed.
Treasurer: Patrick Culshaw was appointed.
Public Officer: Patrick Culshaw was appointed.
Ordinary Member1 of Committee: Denise Dempsey was appointed.
Ordinary Member2 of Committee: Marija Patterson was appointed.
The position as President remaining unfilled, Geoff Williams agreed to be Acting President.
The Chairman asked for volunteers for other positions for 2009.
Jenny Rickards volunteered to coordinate Herring Island Exhibition.
Patrick Culshaw volunteered to coordinate Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
Bronwyn Culshaw, Gillian Govan, Marija Patterson volunteered to coordinate the Annual Exhibition.
Mark Cowie, John Wooller volunteered to coordinate Tesselaar Exhibition.
Ronit Freedman volunteered to keep membership records, but not renewals.
Leon Frankcom volunteered general help on membership matters.
Jenny Rickards volunteered to maintain the newsletter to end February depending on the outcome of discussion on the membership clauses.
Jenny Rickards volunteered to negotiate with David Ormiston Smith on continuity of the web site.
It was acknowledged that these positions were appointments to be made by the Committee.
The positions for controlling monthly activities, publicity, donor support, and services and supplies directory, appeared vacant from 1 January 2009, with newsletter coordination and website coordination possibly being vacant from 1 March 2009.
The Chairman asked for discussion of the motions proposed by Jenny Rickards, one at a time.
It was unanimously agreed to reconsider the membership clauses.
The second motion was withdrawn with renewed membership of ArtsLaw by the ASV.
It was unanimously agreed that the Committee develop policy guidelines on exhibitions, keeping in mind services to members.
The fourth motion was amalgamated with the third on policy guidelines.
The fifth motion was withdrawn with the move of the Annual to Manningham for 2009.
The Committee was asked to review fee reductions for members electing to receive notices and newsletter via email.
In Any Other Business, a vote of thanks was made to Jenny Rickards and Robert Lee for organizing Herring Island. Ideas were canvassed regarding Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.
A vote of thanks was made to John Wooller for his work as President.
More detailed minutes may be obtained from the Secretary in due course.
Geoff Williams Secretary 2007-8

CONSTITUTION

The issue of the membership clauses in the new Constitution is evidently of continuing concern. I do apologize to members for not actively seeking their comments on the draft constitution in our last September meeting. I was not feeling well and nearly cancelled my trip to Europe that month, but we evidently needed to have feedback.

The membership clauses in the new Constitution were based on a perceived reality, and also a feeling that more members mean more revenue and more helping hands.

I believe it is useful to include brief notes on the positions taken by other sculptor organisations in discussion on the membership clauses. For example a brief review of the Internet showed:

  • International Sculpture Center in USA: www.sculpture.org
    Membership is open to anyone interested in sculpture, and they have 11 classes of members.

  • Royal British Society of Sculptors: www.rbs.org.uk
    Appears to be professional sculptors only

  • Sculptors Society of Canada: www.cansculpt.org
    Appears to be open to graduates in fine arts who exhibit professional work: Canadian residents only

We do not have to follow other organisations but it seems to me that we should be aware of experience and standards in other countries, and in other states.

John Bishop and Leon Francom have expressed interest in looking at the alternatives on membership clauses for the Constitution, with comments and recommendations for our next Committee meeting,

If you would like to make some contributions, please contact them at:

John Bishop 9885 2660 after 7pm and Leon Frankcom 93971410.

Alternatively for post, you may send mail to me as follows and I will send it on to them:

Geoff Williams, GLW Analysis Services Pty Ltd, PO Box 245, Collins Street West PO, Vic 8007.

Geoff Williams Vice President

A Celebration of Our Creative Talent


Alexander Knox announced as winner of the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2008
Victoria’s abundant artistic talent was celebrated today during a ceremony at Federation Square to announce the winners of the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2008, the Professional Development and the VicUrban Awards.
Valued at more than $60,000, the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2008 is one of the richest prizes of its kind in Australia and enhances Melbourne’s reputation and a creative capital.
The winner of the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2008 is Alexander Knox for his work Maxims of behaviour 2008. Alexander’s work is located on the facade of the Royal Mail House on the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets and operates winter nights until 2012 (see attached image).
Melbourne Prize Trust Executive Director, Simon Warrender, said “We have been delighted with the way the 2008 prize has been embraced by al finalists, who have presented an exceptional range of works and are evidence of the immense talent we have in Victoria”.
Mr Warrender said, “The Prize has grown throughout the past four years and would not have been possible without the generous support of all our partners and patrons and the dedication of the judges. This year’s finalists have been selected from a much larger list of entrants than when we launched in 2005.
The final 10 works, which include propositions and finished works, will be showcased free at a two-week public exhibition at Federation Square between 10 and 24 November 2008. The exhibition enables exposure for the finalists’ and showcases artistic excellence to the public, celebrating the creative vibrancy in our community in one of our most high-profile locations.
Each of the 10 finalists received a $2,000 artist fee, generously supported by Australian Art Resources and the Melbourne Prize Trust, to assist with costs associated with displaying their entered work at Federation Square.
The following awards were announced at BMW Edge today and will be published at www.melbourneprizetrust.org
Alexander Knox and his work, Maxims of Behaviour 2008, receives the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2008: $60,000 cash, comprising $30,000 cash and $30,000 cash for an International Travel Grant, generously supported by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and the City of Melbourne respectively.
The work points to the future of urban sculpture and the transformational process in experiencing our urban environment.
Tom Nicholson for his work, Monument for the flooding of Royal Park 2008, receives the Professional Development Award: $9,000 cash, plus a three-month artist-in-residence at Sculpture & Spatial Practice, VCA Art, University of Melbourne, generously supported by the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, Fundere Fine Art Foundry and the Professional Development Award Trust.
Professor Andrea Hull AO, Director and Dean, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts said, “the Professional Development Award not only provides financial reward but the opportunity for career development. We are delighted to provide the 3-month artist in residence.”
Louise Paramor for her work, Tritonic Jam Session 2008, receives the VicUrban Award: The VicUrban Award is an invitation to a selected finalist from the 2008 Melbourne Prize to participate in a research project with VicUrban, the Victorian Government’s sustainability agency.
VicUrban CEO Pru Sanderson said that the VicUrban Award would provide a rare opportunity for local artist Louise Paramor to experience the inner workings of the urban development process and to make a creative contribution to the look and feel of our urban environment.
"Part of creating liveable neighbourhoods is ensuring that the public realm is attractive, meaningful and memorable, and urban sculpture and public art have a huge role in that process.
"High quality urban design and public art are recognised as distinguishing features of VicUrban’s growth and redevelopment projects and VicUrban is recognised as an innovator and leader in these fields," Ms Sanderson said.
Visitors to the public exhibition at Federation Square may also cast their vote for the Civic Choice Award, valued at $3000, by completing the voting form in the free exhibition catalogue. The Civic Choice Award will to be announced on www.melbourneprizetrust.org on Thursday 27 November and is generously supported by J K Fasham Pty Ltd.
Over the past four years, entries for the annual Melbourne Prize have continually raised the bar of quality, creativity and artistic excellence and the cycle is set to continue with the Melbourne Prize for Literature in 2009 and Melbourne Prize for Music in 2010.
MPT media release

Message from Viscopy

The Government is about to introduce a flawed resale royalty scheme for artists:

http:/www.viscopy.com/pdfdocuments/implicationsofproposedresalescheme.pdf

Viscopy, as part of the Coalition for the Artist’s Resale Right, (CARR) is pushing the Government to introduce a scheme which includes all resales.

Your help is urgently needed to get the Government to do the job properly so that our generation of artists don’t miss out on income from resales of their work. Please follow the link below, sign the online petition and forward this email to your friends.

CARR online resale petition

Andrew Leslie

Membership Manager, Viscopy

45 Crown St Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

Tel 61 2 9368 0933, Fax 61 2 9368 0899, Mob 0417990643, www.viscopy.com

Visions at Heritage 2009

The exhibition of sculpture at the Heritage exhibition will go ahead – although there will be no 2D art on display. Installation is on 6th December 2008 and dismantling on 21st January 2009
new contacts for the show are:
Les Smith P: 9760 3334 M: 0413 931 320,
Kerri Brodie P: 9760 3338,
Asst Curator: Julie Merrigan P: 9722 0970,
Entry Secretary: Susie Smith P: 9722 2015

What's on at Heide this Summer?


The art of existence, Les Kossatz
22 November 2008 – 8 March 2009
The art of existence is the first exhibition to review Les Kossatz’s long and varied career, bringing together over 100 works sourced from public and private collections throughout Australia. Spanning the 1960s to today, the exhibition presents wide-ranging examples of Kossatz’s experimental approach to painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking, revealing his life-long fascination with the human temperament, the nature of existence and a concern for the landscape.
UPCOMING PUBLIC PROGRAMS
In conversation
Sunday 7 December 2008, 2.00pm
Author and Australian sculpture specialist Ken Scarlett, in conversation with artist Les Kossatz and Guest Curator Zara Stanhope.
FREE with admission
Venue: Heide III: Central Galleries
Exhibition tours
Volunteer Guide
Friday 28 November 2008
Friday 5 December 2008
Sunday 14 December 2008
Friday 19 December 2008
Sunday 28 December 2008
FREE with admission
Venue: Heide III: Central Galleries
Heide Museum of Modern Art
7 Templestowe Road
Bulleen Victoria 3105
T 03 9850 1500
www.heide.com.au
Tue–Fri 10.00am–5.00pm
Sat/Sun/Public Holidays 12.00noon–5.00pm
Christmas Eve 10.00am–1.00pm
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition 2009

FESTIVAL DATES 1ST MAY – 31ST MAY 2009

Artist Entry form

The Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition is the most innovative and important annual event to take place in the Toorak Village, where we link the arts with business to form a unique cultural experience. During the month of May we exhibit contemporary sculptural works in the shop windows and on the sidewalks of Toorak Rd. Each year it continues to grow with increased enthusiasm from traders, artists & the public that view & buy sculpture.

2009 will be the 8th year of the Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition and we invite all emerging and prominent sculptors to submit entries for both interior & exterior installation.

  • Interior – small to medium sized for exhibition in shop windows & must be displayed on an independent white base (supplied by artist). Remember our shop window sizes do vary & the sculptures must share window space with shops merchandise.

  • Exterior - large sized, extremely robust & able to be fixed/bolted to footpath for installation along Toorak Road. There will be 8 to 10 sites available

Consultant curator – Malcolm Thomson, presently curator of the Clement Meadmore Gallery at the Australian Academy of Design will assist the exhibition committee with the selection of sculpture for the 2009 exhibition. We plan to have prizes of $5,000, $2,000 & $1,000 for the most innovative sculptural works, a prestigious opening in the Toorak Village, a full colour catalogue, signage, posters & an impressive media campaign. Once again it is proudly supported & sponsored by the City of Stonnington along with Toorak Village businesses.

We look forward to receiving entries for the Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition 2009.

All enquiries to Tracey Cammock – mobile: 0438 542 713 or email: tracey@toorakvillage.com.au

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR – TONY FIALIDES

Barossa Sculpture Symposium


Both Viktor Kalinowski and Kevin Free were part of the Barossa Sculpture Symposium 2008. Both were enthusiastic about the whole experience – the amazing experience of collaborating with such a group of talented, committed artists. I'm using Kevin's images that I can scan in and web images both from Viktor's web site www.kalinowski.com.au and the symposium website http://www.freewebs.com/sculpturepark/2008symposium.htm
At the start there was a site with 9 tonne lumps of granite, there were compressors and then came the sculptors. Six weeks later there is an amazing collection of sculptures – and one of the sculptors works with hand tools only!
The illustrious list of sculptors was:
Belgium’s Lode Tibos, Egypt’s Omar Tousson, Michael Dan Archer representing the United Kingdom, Hiroshi Miyauchi Ooshima Island, Japan, Viktor Kalinowski, Patrice Belin (France) Kevin Free, Roger Loos (USA).
I'd suggest that everyone to refer to Viktor's and the Barossa Symposium website – the full story looks amazing!

On being a Sculptor

And then on a more contemplative note: Ronit found these musings –

on being a sculptor

Every journey requires some decisions along the way. For better or worse we are where we are.

You must travel with passion. Work with passion towards the new experience opening up in front of you. When you pick up a new piece of marble, the world disappears. The waste fairly jumps off the block if your vision is clear. Every scrap of your energy is expended in finding the form in your mind, transposed into the marble before you.

If I know nothing else, I know that creating is an act of love.

If you do not love what you are creating, it will fail. I know it. Do not start if you are not going to give it 100% of your very being. If it is right, your soul will tell you so. Not your mind. Not your best friend. Not some audience. Not some ‘critic.’

This is between you and God.

When it is done, you can ask God if that is what He had in mind.

In short, always go for your highest vibration. Don’t settle for less.

Home is where the heart is they say. I confess that mine keeps wandering back to the Alpi Apuane in Italy.

I trust that God will let me die there with a hammer and chisel in my hands.

Hopefully, there is time for a few more pieces……………………….

Graham Radcliffe.

Kinetic Art in London

This exhibition reminded me of Viktor's work in the 2006 Annual Exhibition, some of Rudi Jass's work seen at Yering Station and of course Hiroyuki Kita's “Wind Goes By” at Bondi for Sculpture by the Sea. So here's the link to the Reuters' video site – for those who can look it up:
http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=93638&videoChannel=3
The things you find on the net!

Meeting our new Secretary

Most of us have seen Leon's work in exhibitions – first we saw ceramic panels then the fully three dimensional female forms. Now Leon has stepped up to the mark as our secretary. So here is a paraphrased email from Leon – telling us about who he is and what approach he'll take to the year ahead. We can always stand more support – and taking an interest in one another is the first step – over to Leon:

I have a firm belief that unless we have an organization to promote sculpture and sculptors, then we would all be in a sorry state. I suppose, through my training as an administrator, teacher and school Principal for many years, I am a firm believer in everyone following the normal guidelines in running a meeting, working with participating members of the committee and sub-committees. I see my job as collator, facilitator, and just plain worker to the betterment of the Association.

To give some other information as to what I can and can't do and how I may be able to help the Association, I am very inept at general computer use, but my wife Judith, helps me out. I have been "retired" for 15 years from the Education profession, but have run a successful Berry farm, dabbled in Ceramics for the past 40 years selling my ware in Western District towns mostly to friends since my exit from RMIT Art faculty some 40 years ago. We moved to Melbourne at the request of our kids 5 years ago, and my time is now almost entirely given over to ceramic sculpture, my greatest interest in Art.

I should be able to fulfill the Secretarial role giving whatever support I can to Activities, Membership, and help in the Newsletter, and other areas.

I surmise, that it wasn't usual for members to write down a motion, complete with background to the motion, and have this to the secretary some 10 days before a scheduled Committee meeting, thus giving the Secretary time to circulate members of the Committee with the full agenda of the forthcoming meeting some seven days before the meeting. But this would allow Committee members to phone, e-mail, and research new motions as necessary. It promotes a helpful spirit of co-operation amongst members and avoids "dogfights" over contentious points. I support the protocol of moving amendments to a motion that provides consensus and improvement to the outcome.

So far, I have been greatly cheered by the no-nonsense, get on with the project-in-hand attitude of the men and women who take on project roles.

Looking forward to 2009

Leon Frankcom

Where you can help....

When a committee member has fulfilled a role for a long time they build up a considerable level of expertise. This is particularly true for Ronit Freedman who has worked behind the scenes, maintaining the integrity of our membership database, welcoming new members and on occasions sorting out the money at renewals time. Ronit doesn't want to stay in the task forever!

So if you would like to learn how the web site works and suppport its function, then now is the time to learn from Ronit – while she is still in the task and can give you those little tips that make it all comprehensible.

You will need attention to detail – but most of all, as first contact for our new members you will need to care about and welcome new sculptors entering the group.

See the contact details at the end of the newsletter for all of your committee.

Our New Constitution

Our new Constitution has been approved by the Department of Justice, Consumer Affairs, Victoria, effective 12th November 2008, The Department stated that five additional clauses are “deemed to be included”, and these deal with disputes and mediation, and technical/administrative issues concerning custody of records; register of members; timing of advice for General Meetings; and grounds on which an office of a committee member may become vacant. Relevant additions are in clauses 5, 8, 12, 24, and 34 from the Consumer Affairs “Model Rules” for Incorporated Associations. The revised constitution has been included on the web site and the website link to it is http://www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/asv_const_prot_12112008.doc.
The early approval immediately affected our AGM and elections. The adjourned AGM continued as planned on Wednesday, 19 November 2008, under the new Constitution.
We are required to elect the Officers of the Association, and two committee members.
All other positions now become an appointment by the committee. Volunteers are still needed for Publicity Officer, Activities Secretary and Services and Supplies Directory Editor, and general help with the exhibitions will be required.

Consumer Affairs have stated that all positions spelled out in the Constitution should be filled. If this is not possible, it may be that the Association would be deemed operating contrary to its Constitution and wound up. They also clarified that a person may fill more than one position as Officer, and that it is acceptable for one person to be Acting President if no other candidate is available.
It is important that people come forward and participate in the ASV. We have three exhibitions scheduled for the 2009, and groups of people to coordinate them. They need support. The ASV has for too long been an organisation where too few do far too much.

We ask that: contributors come forward to make the ASV a centre for artistic development, fun, and ethical practice that is intended; that new ideas and constructive comments are put forward; and that we make the hard work of past officials worthwhile by continuing and expanding The Association.

The meeting of Wednesday November 19 considered the effect of the approval of the Constitution on the matters already discussed; deal with elections; and discuss motions previously tabled. Under General business - views and ideas about future exhibitions and activities will be sought.

Patrick Culshaw, Geoff Williams, John Wooller (in alphabetical order)

Viral Art

Now here's an issue: art in conflict with culture – the viral ghost bike placed to commemorate the death of Carolyn Rawlins, the cyclist killed near the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets in Melbourne is carefully attached to the bronze sculpture
“Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston And Hoddle” by Alison Weaver and Paul Quinn (1993)

Or is it the sort of statement that we'll see more often as expression is claimed as the domain of ordinary people?

Contacting your Committee 2009

PRESIDENT

Wanted: a charismatic leader possessing the following characteristics:

Power – the ability to positively influence and motivate people to a common goal

Intelligence - A grasp of common sense “Street wise”

Initiative - Ability to define and create the circumstances to make their vision a reality

Confidence - Self belief, self value, self assured but not arrogant

Human - Ability to relate well to people and to inspire people to achieve greatness - well failing that ... a sculptor with an understanding and a vision for policy for the ASV

ACTING PRESIDENT

Geoff Williams 9670 0824 (W)

VICE PRESIDENT

Geoff Williams 9670 0824 (W)

TREASURER and PUBLIC OFFICER

Patrick Culshaw 9857 9153

SECRETARY

Leon Francom 9397 1410

ORDINARY MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE

Marija Patterson 9489 4537 and Denise Dempsey 9755 2040

APPOINTED OFFICERS/COORDINATORS

Herring Island Exhibition Coordinator Jenny Rickards 9836 2738 Additional helpers needed for:opening event – hospitality, food and drink - demonstrations - floor talks and sitting - sculptors!

MIFGS Exhibition Coordinator Patrick Culshaw Help is already promised for:data entry and general paperwork Michael has indicated he is available for set up and layout Plenty of extra help is going to make this a better show.

Annual Exhibition Coordinator Bronwyn Culshaw, Marija Patterson, Gillian Govan

Tesselaar Exhibition Mark Cowie 5348 5696, John Wooller

Membership Officer Ronit Freedman 9816 3282 Apprentice wanted :-)

Newsletter Editor Jenny Rickards You would only need a short apprenticeship for this job. It's great fun and keeps you in the midst of events. For smaller amounts of effort: the newsletter can always use articles, comments and feedback.

Website contact and coordinator Jenny Rickards

Publicity Officer Vacant

Services and Supplies Directory Patrick Taylor looks after the online version and can help – we really need to decide what we want to do.

Activities – in particular for monthly meetings Vacant - Go on - it will be fun and Gillian has set up heaps of things in advance!

Donor Support Vacant