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.

From the President: April 2016

Dear members, 
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 above is our philosophy. Most of our members would agree that with the informative newsletters about opportunities around Australia and within the association, a regularly updated website, meetings and visits to sculptor’s studios and a professionally run Exhibitions programme with prizes, not to mention the friendships formed we certainly fulfil this philosophy.

Dates for Your Diary

 
On Sunday 15 May: there will be a workshop run by Andrew Bryant
Located in beautiful Boneo is a farm and studio where Andrew Bryant creates his work. We have been invited to a workshop on Sunday 15 May 2016 to try our skills at tig and mig welding, plasma cutting and core drilling. 

Annual and Awards Exhibition 2016

Tina Wentcher medallion
Your entry forms should have arrived by now or you can download them from http://sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/exhibitions/application_form
Apart from the main prizes we have had some generous offers so stand by for the information and keep working on your entries!

Vale!

work by Alwyn Harbott - image courtesy Michael Meszaros
This is a year when obituary writers are crowding each other out of the papers: a couple of days ago we lost Inge King and during last week I was notified that former member Alwyn Harbott had passed away in March - we’ll publish obituaries when we can.

Calling it Time

Back in 2004 when members of the ASV discovered that Maudie Palmer was no longer running Herring Island Summer Arts Programme we stepped up and started running exhibitions in the gallery "who wouldn’t?" we thought! The environmental sculpture park and gallery is a gift to Victoria and the art world. After two exhibitions we figured that we needed support from other arts groups and the collaboration that is the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival came to be.

I was there at the start as the ASV delegate and coordinator of the ASV show – I’ve had a ball – not to mention a few very relaxed lunches in the courtyard while the sitters got on with interacting with our visitors and talking about the art.

Welcome to New Members

Welcome to new members:

Poppe Davis

Beata Dorain

we look forward to seeing you at meetings and exhibitions.

from Rob Kendi - membership officer

International Sculpture Day - April 24


Phil Price work - image McClelland Gallery
Did anyone attend or participate in the activities at McClelland Gallery?

The current exhibitions are: The McClelland Collection; David Jensz: Sculpture and Jacqui Stockdale: Drawing the Labyrinth.

Opportunities, Exhibitions and Commissions



This month's collection of opportunities is as wide ranging as ever... but as well as looking here you should keep an eye on Art Almanac just in case. Mainly of course think about the Annual Exhibition - we are looking forward to seeing your work.

SCULPTURE RESIDENCY IN TOOLANGI FOREST

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: SCULPTURE RESIDENCY IN TOOLANGI FOREST, VICTORIA
5 - 20 NOVEMBER 2016
The Toolangi Sculpture Trail was created in November 1996 by artists from the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, working with materials found in the Toolangi Forest.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this unique undertaking, Victorian artists are invited to submit applications for a 2-week residency in the Toolangi State Forest, producing site specific sculpture from materials found in the forest which will be gifted to the people of Victoria.

Concerns relating to the forests of the world are elevated today and highlight the importance of this residency.

A Letter from the President

Hope you have all had a good Easter break.

Congratulations to all who took part in the International Flower and Garden Show. I have received many messages complimenting us on the organisation, quality and standard of work. So thanks to all who presented their sculptures and of course our gratitude to Mark Cowie for managing such a brilliant show even though the weather was not on our side.

Dates for Your Diary


Meetings are held at the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms entered from the Marquis Street car park. We commence at 7:30pm
Meeting topics are still being settled - we'll have more detail in the next newsletter.
  • April MIFGS recovery
  • 11 May
  • 8 June
  • 8 to 26 August Annual and Awards Exhibition

Annual and Awards Sculpture Exhibition

We have good news regarding the Annual and Awards Sculpture Exhibition:

The same venue as last year has been secured at Bourke Place, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne. It is a little earlier in the year than the previous annual, running from Mon 8th to Frid 26th August 2016.

William Hoggan Thomas Award
Tina Wentcher medallion

Setup will be Sat 6th Aug.

Pack-up will be Sat 27th Aug

The March Meeting - visiting Bruce Armstrong in his Studio

The large workshop in Cremorne, once a car repair joint, is filled with a range of timbers in various forms, roughly sawn, whittled, tooled, carved, sculpted. Works finished, are nestled amongst the beginnings of the execution of another idea. The scent of timber and oils fills my nostrils as I wander through the maze of logs and sheets of jarrah, red gum, oak and other timbers, which are clustered throughout the space. In one corner there is a cleared space – paints and brushes are on the table together with a visual diary.


Opportunities this Month

Quite a few notifications have come in this month - and more are out there waiting for you. Anyone serious about finding more opportunities should subscribe to the Art Almanac fortnightly email news.

Here are some of the exhibition and commission opportunities - read on...