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.

History for the ASV

Melanie Guile, a writer and experienced historian, as an introduction, told us a little about herself, past projects, background and qualifications . She then explained the process of writing a history. She told us the benefits of, and why we should write a history and the aims. She described what a history may be like and what it would cover including events, key people, social and artistic contexts; the impact of the ASV and its achievements. It would include referenced material, e.g. members and prize winners.

She explained how she would go about putting a history together- The process which would involve research, interviews, invite members input. She would need to get ideas from members, documents, memoirs, letters etc. Finally she explained what a history of the ASV might achieve for the organisation and its members.

The first question raised of course was the cost. This is a large sum not able to be defined at this stage as we need to decide how extensive we wish the history to be and how presented. If we are to even consider this it will be necessary to carry out some serious fundraising in the form of grants sponsorship or social events.

Melanie was an interesting speaker and I think those present were impressed

Gillian Govan

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