Did you know that the Association of Sculptors has been in existence since the early 30’s? It sprung from a group of dynamic talented artist and while it has undergone many organisation and structural changes its ideals have been retained. Did you know that there is a short but interesting history on our website? It is really worth looking at to understand who we are now. Unfortunately the documented history ends in the 90’s so as a committee we have been looking at the possibility of updating our history. We have considered employing a historian but it is a very costly exercise. Jackie Mckinnon introduced us to Melanie Guile who is an excellent word-smith and researcher and very interested in putting together a comprehensive history to date. Melanie will explain something about the process and her ideas at our AGM. We would like members input and view on this before we proceed. It is still costly so we will need to raise funds or obtain a grant.
Aspects of our history and members of the past still influence our activities today: for example our prizes the Andor Meszaros, Margaret Gunnersen, William Hoggan Thomas and the Tina Wentcher awards were organised and set up by these past members of the Association all of whom were very accomplished artists.
From 24th July to 12th November, McClelland Gallery will be holding an exhibition to celebrate the life and work of Tina Haem Wentscher a German Australian Sculptor whose work elegantly fuses eastern and western influences. Just reading about the life of this amazing sculptor on Wikipedia should make us proud to have had her as a member of the Association and this exhibition will be well worth a visit
It is people like Tina who have helped to make the Association what it is today. We remain a significant presence in the Art of Victoria and it is important that we hold together as an association to continue to encourage emerging sculptors and established sculptors in all our activities including the Exhibition we are about to present. With our members help and support we can continue to build our history.