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.
After much argument the Committee has agreed to change the basis of charging ASV commission in exhibitions organised by the ASV to the basis advocated by NAVA, in order to minimise confusion amongst sculptors. In future the ASV will charge commission on the catalogue selling price before adding any applicable GST. Discussion was held with the NAVA consultant, who conceded that confusion was rife on the subject, alternative formulae were common, and galleries frequently base their commission on catalogue prices including GST. …Geoff Williams
At the October meeting we were most privileged to have Deborah Halpern to talk to us about her sculpture. Deborah is best known for her sculpture ‘Angel’ originally commissioned in 1987 for the south moat at the NGV, but has now been installed on the Yarra bank at Birrarung Marr – a spectacular site for what is one of Melbourne’s most loved works of public art. Not only did Deborah explain at length the commission and the extraordinary challenges it presented, but she also showed slides of her painting, pottery, printmaking and sculpture and told of her love of art before and after “Angel". Although she is known throughout Australia and has had many overseas commissions she has a wonderful humble attitude to her achievements. Following her most interesting presentation we all enjoyed a very relaxed, informal chat over a cup of coffee. … Gillian Govan
15th November 2009. Christmas is early this year. Lunchtime onwards: at the home of Tim and Dianne Kervin. They have kindly made their very spacious home and property available at: 3 Mary Place, Hurstbridge. MELWAY 185 H12. Tel. 0410482256 or 9718 2256 children and grandchildren welcome. If anyone would like a lift please contact: Gillian on 95791221 or Bronwyn on 9857 9153 or check the website for someone in your area for a lift. The more the merrier! All welcome
Next year is shaping up to be an interesting year:
Herring Island Exhibition 30 January – 14 February 2010: Entries by 11 December 2009. Information to be issued shortly and can be downloaded from ASV web site. Sub-Committee of Helpers wanted: apply Jenny.
10th February2010: Monthly Meeting: Jenny Whiteside has kindly agreed to open her studio to us: Jenny is a figurative sculptor in stone “Always fresh and original, Jenny’s works are full of passion, extremely tactile, and unmistakably unique;” see her website at: www.jennywhiteside.com. It should be an interesting and fun evening
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS): 23 March – 28 March 2010. Information to be issued shortly and can be downloaded from ASV web site. Sub-Committee of Helpers wanted: apply Patrick.
10th March 2010: Monthly Meeting: Jim Howson will come to the meeting and talk about his journey in Sculpture.“My work is a unique blend of three dimensional and skeletal appearance that draws out the essential qualities of steel and timber, producing an effect of changeable rhythms and free movement which is reinforced from different view-points.” Jim will be travelling from Geelong so it would be good to have a full house. See his website www.jimhowson.com.au
14th April 2010: Monthly Meeting: Our president Geoff Williams will talk to us about classical and abstract sculptures seen in travels to Italy and Netherlands. Details later
Future Activities: At our last very successful social evening I received some interesting suggestions for activities.
1. History night- We have some interesting members who could tell us about the origins of the association; about some of the early members and the origins of our awards and sponsors. Photos and talk about past exhibitions
2. More visits to studios and workshops so if anyone has any suggestions or offers I will try to arrange.
3. An information night on techniques: An interesting idea but would need some planning. Include safety issues
4. Venue: It was suggested we find a venue nearer the Bay. Any one prepared to do some scouting?
5. Bartering and swap meet: Unused tools, books, materials, memorabilia, Could be fun!
6. Life drawing class to be held early next year if interested contact Gillian Govan firstname.lastname@example.org. We had a successful session last year
Another suggestion was to have a for-sale and wanted section and a question and answer section in the newsletter. I think it’s a great idea but first we need a newsletter editor. Any offers? . …
Lorne Sculpture Exhibition: 17 October – 8 November 2009: Three week festival of contemporary sculpture; surf coast walk features 33 major sculpture works and installations by local and international artists, and a further 17 small works are showcased in shop fronts in Lorne’s Moutjoy Parade. Web site: www.lornesculpture.com.
Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition: 25 October – 6 December 2009: endeavours to showcase a cross section of contemporary Australian sculptural practice from established and emerging artists. Major prize $10,000. 25 October – 6 December 2009. Web site: www.yering.com.
McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award 2010: Deadline 2 November 2009: Survey of outdoor sculpture intends to encourage artists and support the best of contemporary sculptural practice. The winning sculptor will receive the $100,000 McClelland Award 2010, as judged by Tony Ellwood Director of Queensland Art Gallery |Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane. A second award of $20,000 will be made by the Frankston City Council for the most popular work with visitors. Applications close Monday 2 November 2009 Entry fee $35. Entry forms at www.mcclellandgallery.com Tel 9789 1671.
Susan Kaldor Exhibition at Yarra Sculpture Gallery: 4-22 November 2009: 12.00m- 5.30: 117 Vere St Abbotsford 3067. Tel 9419 6177. Small bronze sculptures. Web site: www.yarrasculpturespace.com.au.
Abbotsford Convent Open Day and Art Auction 8th November 2009: To benefit the 2009 Victorian bushfire communities: a silent Auction which is open from 10am to 4pm and the main auction from 2pm to 4pm. The main auction will offer art works by artists in the Abbotsford Convent Community that have created the most interest and the highest bids in the period leading up to the day. An on line catalogue will be created and posted three weeks before the event where bids can be registered. A preview viewing on Saturday the 7th of November from 2pm to 4pm will also be available. Web site: www.abbotsfordconvent.com.au/visitors.
Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc 4-6 December 2009: entries of contemporary painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, ceramics & sculpture in ART AT BURNLEY HARBOUR – EXHIBITION 2009. Entry fee: $6 per work. Maximum 6 works per artist.
Entry form/payment deadline: TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2009.
The last ‘Art at Burnley Harbour’ in December 2008 was a great success with nearly 500 artworks by 120 artists on display, and with over 2000 visitors to our exhibition, and reported many artwork sales.
Toyota Community Spirit Gallery: 2009 Exhibition Hybrid: October to March 2010: 60 Victorian sculptors; emphasis on emerging artists; awards made of two grants of $10,000 to advance an artist’s career; free of charge and no commission. Web site: www.toyota.com.au/about/toyota-community-spirit/gallery.
Barossa Valley: 18 September – 20 November 2009: Viktor Kalinowski exhibition at Barossa Living Gallery “From Mother Earth” see www.barossalivinggallery.com.au
Khanty-Mansisk city, Russian Federation in August September 2010: An invitation to the ASV to participate in an exhibition with the theme “Family Unity is the Unity of the World”. The main aim of the project is propaganda of human and family values by means of plastic art and art of photography. Sculptors can send photos of sculpture works for contest, devoted to the eternal topic of the Family, Parents and Children till February 26, 2010. This Exhibition is to participate in the cultural program within the scope of the World Chess Olympic 39. Packing costs at artist expense, but transfer costs at steering committee expensed. Information from:
Obituary Notice for George PrydeWe were sad to learn of the death of George Pryde recently. Bob and Wendy Grant, and Michael Meszaros, are contributing a short article for the next Sculpere News letter
Last News Sheet/LetterWould any members who have overlooked payment of ASV subscription for 2009/2010, please note that this is the last news bulletin they will receive until fees are paid.
Newsletter EditorBronwyn resigned from the position of news editor, and the next few news sheets will be continued on a temporary basis by the President. I will continue the basis recently adopted of a full quarterly newsletter with photos and articles, the next being due in November, supplemented by monthly news sheets in between with updates on activities etc. Photos and articles will generally be reserved for the quarterly newsletter. I would appreciate early application and appointment of a newsletter editor. Country applications are encouraged for this post, and will receive every support with getting to know the ropes. Computer skills in MS Word required. Apply to the Secretary please.
Web Site CoordinatorJenny has been asking for some time for the appointment of a new controller of the ASV web site, and the development of a new ASV web site has accelerated the need for involvement of a person to manage it in future. Some general IT skills in MS Word, email, pdf files, web site management. A tall order amongst sculptors maybe.