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.

ASV Annual and Awards Exhibition

Yarra Sculpture Space 17 October to 4 November 2012


The two awards sections of the Annual Exhibition were instigated by significant sculptors in the ASV’s history. Read more about the development of the sections, the judging and the prizes in the history of the ASV on our website.

The Margaret Gunnersen and William Hoggan Thomas Memorial Award and Prize

The William Hoggan Thomas Award was established in 1985 by Margaret Gunnersen Thomas in memory of her husband, a stonemason and quarry owner. It takes the form of a cast bronze medallion by Michael Meszaros and cash prizes of $1000 and $500. It is open to all members with more than 10 years exhibiting experience and is decided by the vote of ASV members eligible to exhibit in this section of the exhibition. It is considered by our members to be the greatest accolade as it is the sum of the opinions of their peers, colleagues and competitors.

Margaret Gunnersen died in 2007 and since that time the award and prize has been donated by her estate and is now known as the Margaret Gunnersen and William Hoggan Thomas Award and Prize.

The Andor Meszaros Prize

Andor Meszaros came to Australia from Hungary in 1939. He trained both as a sculptor in Paris and as an architect in Vienna. When he arrived in Melbourne he began working as a sculptor, concentrating mainly on portrait medallions and small reliefs until he received the first of his major commissions. He produced a large body of work including medallions, reliefs, smaller sculpture and portraits. Works of note include the commemorative medallion for the 1956 Olympic Games, 3 large stone works for the King George V Hospital, Sydney, an altar for Canterbury Cathedral and his Stations of the Cross medallions.
This prize alternates each year with the Tina Wentcher Prize. There is a first prize of $1000 and a medallion by Andor Meszaros, a $500 second prize and two honourable mentions. The prize is open to all sculptors with less than 10 years exhibiting experience, both members and non-members of the ASV.

Both the Andor Meszaros and Tina Wentcher Prizes are judged by a panel of three judges. This is in accordance with Tina Wentcher’s bequest.

This year the judges are
Julie Collins external judge
Gillian Govan ASV President
Jan Indrans ASV Member

Entering the Annual and Awards Exhibition 2012

A Sneak Preview of the New Website
With the introduction of a new website comes the opportunity to enter the exhibiton online. Not only is this convenient for members but it is a great time saver for the exhibiton coordinator. Members with Internet access should check the new website at their earliest convenience after 1st August. Look at your profile page and then check the exhibition section and entry forms - you’ll need to log in to do this: stand by for instructions.

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