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.

Presenting the Awards - 29th September 2015

Andrew Rogers
"Dream and achieve lots"
The ASV celebrated its Annual Awards in fine style - fine music, fine catering - very fine art and inspiring speakers - what more could you want?

Our venue was great - kindly supported by the staff and management at Bourke Place.

We had a long list of thanks - art is definitely a team effort. And then we got on to presenting the prizes:

Jo Felstead Hill "Angelus"

CMP Stonemason Supplies - kindly donated a voucher for stone working supplies

Jo Felstead –Hill #22 Angelus
Engaging use of material and well presented

Art Almanac Prize – 6mth subscription to Art Almanac and Artist profile

Mim Kocher #88 Moon Babies
A well executed idea that is both fun and quirky

Meridian Foundry Prize – Meridian Foundry was established by Peter Morley in 1973 as the first lost wax foundry in Australia . 2 generous prizes have been donated

Andrew Bryant "Regenerate"

1st Prize Andrew Bryant #58 Regenerate
A well presented stand out piece incorporating sculpture form and a diverse use of materials.

2nd Prize Bronwyn Culshaw #18 Will o’ the Wisp
Whimsical and interesting use of material. Great presentation and expression of idea.

Bronwyn Culshaw "Will o' the Wisp"

Mary van den Broek "Changing Track"

Dalchem Prize- Suppliers of casting and moulding materials

Mary van den Broek #47 Changing Track

This piece challenged my thinking- Do we really change track, or is life a journey which always causes us to cross back over our paths. Is the path we take a pre-assigned journey. Our destination is always the same. Darren has chosen a piece of work that he considers not only well crafted but that also speaks to him.

Van Phu Le "Thank you Australia"
And at the end of the exhibition we get to count votes in the People's Choice Award - this year won by Van Phu Le for "Thank you Australia"

Our two traditional prizes are the Andor Meszaros Award and the Margaret Gunnersen William Hoggan Thomas Award

The Andor Meszaros prize is donated by the Meszaros family and is awarded to members and non member with less than 10 years exhibiting experience.

This year we have been fortunate in having a major contribution to this award from ADFAS Yarra The Association of Decorative and Fine Arts. 

This Association (ADFAS Yarra) actively encourages Societies to promote arts activities that inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts, an awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation and to expand the horizons of young people through their involvement in creative arts. This year they are donating the award to our emerging sculptors.

The 1st prize of $1000 donated by ADFAS Yarra and a Bronze medallion originally made by Andor Meszaros and adapted by Michael Meszaros goes to

Irris Szoeke "Vessel of Life"

Irris Szoeke #123 Vessel of Life

A well executed ceramic form incorporating sculptural integrity through the use of texture , volume, line and space .

Elly Buckley "City Scape - Autumn"

2nd Prize of $500 donated by Michael and Daniel Meszaros
Goes to Elly Buckley #62 City Scape – Autumn
An enjoyable stand out piece of sculpture.

We have 3 Highly Commended works:

Heather Bryant "Barky"

#60 Barky By Heather Bryant
Inventive use of material and well realised articulation of form

Esther Goldeberg "OMG"

#84 OMG By EstherGodberg
Dynamic and powerful composition

Gordon Robertson
"Silent Sentinel"
#110 Silent Sentinel  By Gordon Robertson
A clear expression of geometric form.

And finally the moment we were waiting for: the Margaret Gunnersen William Hoggan Thomas Award. This award was set up by Margaret in memory of her husband and on her passing the Gunnersen family have continued to donate this award. This award is open to member sculptors with more than 10years exhibition experience and is voted by members of the Association. In all 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.

Anne Anderson
"In a Sentimental Mood"

1st prize Anne Anderson for her work "In a Sentimental Mood"

2nd prize Mark Cowie for "Out in the Universe"
Mark Cowie
"Out in the Universe"

Thanks to Rob Anderson https://www.facebook.com/RobAndersonPhotography for taking the images - all on Sunday and getting them ready for the presentation on Tuesday. 

Hank Clifton and friends
Our musicians were Flute - Hank Clifton, Violin- Ben Spiers, Viola- Beth Condon, Bassoon - Audrey Moore and the fantastic food on the night was provided by Mandy Culshaw.

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