|Morning at MIFGS|
On many levels, the exhibition was a resounding success with tens of thousands of people streaming through the site and viewing the wide range of works on display. As a consequence of the large numbers of viewers through the site, sculptors were provided a unique opportunity to present and showcase their works before thousands and thousands of people.
Extensive feedback and favourable comments were expressed by countless viewers and numerous exhibiting artists who delighted in seeing the sculptures in such a beautiful and spacious setting.
There were a total of 120 exhibits across the three categories of entry produced by 59 sculptors. Of these, 16 works, worth approximately $20,000, were sold during the course of the exhibition. Congratulations to those sculptors.
The judge, Robert Hague, was suitably impressed by the quality and high-standard of work on display, and made very favourable mention of the variety of subjects presented and media utilised, as well as the different treatments displayed, and stated in his report. In coming to his decisions about the six prize-winners the judge also commended the works of many of the exhibitors.
The prize-winners were:
Section 1 – Carved Work:
|Jenny Whiteside: "Grace"|
Jenny Whiteside (‘Grace’);
Second Prize –
Anthony Kim (‘Hair’).
|Anthony Kim: "Hair"|
|Mary Currin: "Orang Utang"|
|Betty Knight: "Rose"|
|Van Phu Le: "Dreaming"|
were awarded to: Mary Currin, Betty Knight and Van Phu Le.
Section 2 – Formed Work:First Prize – Jake Mikoda (‘King of the River’);
|Jake Mikoda: "King of the River"|
|Rachel Boymal: "Gisella - Open Form"|
|Amy Cohen: "Echo"|
|Esther Goldberg: "Overalls #1"|
|Janice McCarthy "Hugo"|
Section 3 – Fabricated Work:
|Mark Cowie: "Currents"|
|Nicola Hoyle: "Horizon"|
Second Prize – Nicola Hoyle (‘Horizon’).
|Alan Annells: "Reflection of Self"|
|Andrew Bryant: "Out of Tune"|
|Dave Dando: "Unicorn"|
Alan Annells, Andrew Bryant and Dave Dando.
The ASV is indebted to its sponsors for their generous support of this year’s exhibition. The sponsors were:
• International Management Group ($1,500 prize-money plus in-kind support)
• Association of Sculptors of Victoria ($1250 prize-money)
• Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC OBE ($1,000 prize-money)
• Bulleen Art and Garden ($250 gift voucher) – Meredith & Bruce Plain
• Art Exhibition Services ($250 prize-money) – Mark Cowie
• Art Exhibition Services ($100 PCA voter’s prize) – Mark Cowie
• Cedar Shed industries (installation and use of gazebo)
• Bulleen Art and Garden (supply of limestone for carving demonstrations) – Meredith & Bruce Plain
|Martin Moore: "Snail Play - Racing Snails"|
As in previous years, the carving demonstrations were an important component of the exhibition, with appeal and interest among the public continuing to grow. I would like to convey my thanks to Kevin Free, in particular for his organising of the demonstrations and his daily attendance, along with his cheery and dedicated band of carving demonstrators Jenny Whiteside, John Bishop, Richard Kloester, Meredith Plain and Bronwyn Lewis for generously providing their time and expertise. Individually and collectively these artists created such a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see carving and sculpting first-hand.
The numerous exhibitors who kindly volunteered their time to sit the exhibition are to be thanked. Your efforts, energy and enthusiasm all contributed to engaging the public more closely with the works on display over the course of the five days of the exhibition. I trust the interactions with the public were enjoyable.
I would like to convey my appreciation to, in particular, Jenny Rickards, for her unwavering and unconditional support and to Michael Meszaros, John Ride and Gillian Govan for their general assistance.
The Association was fortunate to have Robert Hague judge this year’s exhibition.
The International Management Group, the organisers of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, are to be thanked for their sponsorship of our exhibition and for their support of sculpture and ongoing encouragement for the Association to be part of the annual Show. They have generously and professionally facilitated an opportunity for sculpture to be brought to the forefront of a prominent public event.
Curator, ASV MIFGS Sculpture Exhibition