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.
The activity for August will be a visit to Meridian Foundry in Fitzroy. It will be at 11am on Wednesday the 12th August. Visits to foundries are always well attended and this one is almost fully booked already, any questions please contact Gillian on 0412 122 884 or email gmps.govan@bigpond .com
On 9th September we will preface our Annual and Awards Exhibition with a wide ranging discussion - how do you price your work? You’ll find an article from Michael Meszaros on the subject in this newsletter. What is sculpture? Perry Wagner-Grose has a go at the age old question. What are the judges like for the Andor Meszaros Prize section? Why do we have two sections for our Annual Exhibition - All questions to discuss in good company - we’ll see you there. And what has Jan Indrans been up to all this time?
© Fred Fair (www.paperaction.com.au) July 2015
WEBSITES FOR VISUAL ARTISTS ASV TALK BY FRED FAIR 15/7/2015
Over the years a number of people have asked me how to work this out. My response is always that it should start with an objective calculation as to what it should bring and then a subjective decision as to what you think is reasonable.
Submission to the Senate Inquiry investigating the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts.
Written by Michael Meszaros OAM B. Arch, Vice President, member of the Visual Arts Board (1977-80).
Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Much of the effect of this policy is hard to define since the finer details of how it will be administered are not yet known. However, there are a number of elements in principle, which are most disturbing.
The most concerning factors are:-
This appears to be a politicisation of arts funding. The setting up of a new arts funding body under the direct control of the Minister appears to be a mechanism for the Minister to fund arts organisations, individuals and styles or movements which are favoured by the Minister, compared to the at-arms- length approach which has characterised the Australia Council.
It is the age old question: What really constitutes a sculpture?
I have already experimented with both Paper Mache & Paper Plaster sculpture. As simple mediums, I believe they allow artists to create art without a lot of expensive tools & infrastructure?
My granddaughter’s 2nd grade class would certainly argue that their ‘Frodo Frog Sculpture I helped them to create in polystyrene, newspaper & low aspect fibre plaster, is for them – genuinely a sculpture.
15 July - another show and tell - this time the topic of sculptors’ websites - either build your own or get one made and what does the profile page on the ASV site do for you? We will have a web designer on hand. Fred Fair will give a talk entitled Building an Artist’s Website. Fred is the webmaster for the Contemporary Art Society.
The activity for August will be a visit to Meridian Foundry in Fitzroy. It will be during the day of Wednesday the 12th August. Visits to foundries are always well attended so make sure you book a place by calling Gillian on 0412 122 884 or email gmps.govan@bigpond .com
in September we can expect a wide ranging talk from our president on his experiences overseas and the ideas they inspired
Entry forms are prepared and on the ASV website. They will be posted out with your membership renewals - probably to arrive on Friday 3 July!
Our opener will be Andrew Rogers - creator of geoglyphs and all round international artist... his work is on show at McClelland Gallery - see later in the newsletter.
The external judge for the Andor Meszaros Prize is Graeme Wilkie, Art Director of Qdos Gallery in Lorne.
This year work will be shown in two sections only - with sculptors’ work grouped together where possible. We hope that this will make the layout more comprehensible to our visitors and look forward to feedback from sculptors. There will need to be adjustments to the judging to accommodate this - stand by for further information.
In the mean time - get working, get images and entries in, it will be a great show!