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.

From the President

How do you keep visual art visual? The Association of Sculptors Victoria had more that 130 sculptures ready to exhibit in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. What happened when that was cancelled due to COVID 19….... not visual art anymore!

So we have set up this virtual exhibition that will be seen online from 1st June.

We are sculptors not IT experts or photographers but on a huge learning curve we have done it.... A GREAT EXHIBITION OF SCULPTURES has become visual.

Garden Sculpture Online

The inaugural Association of Sculptures of Victoria (ASV) virtual sculpture exhibition, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show,

Garden Sculpture On-Line.


We’ve paraphrased from Paul’s letter to exhibitors - work continues up to the final minute to get the show online.

Andy Goldsworthy

At our recent exhibition Ebb & Flow on Herring Island, if you took a moment to wander, you would have come across a beautifully shaped cairn made from Castlemaine slate. This piece (titled Cairn) is the work of British sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy.  Andy’s work is unique in its use of natural settings and media to create temporary or lasting sculptures that reflect a sense of deep connection with nature.

Cairn - GailLeenstra / CC BY-SA
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https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

Information

Sculpture Tasmania
We received a great newsletter from Sculpture Tasmania Inc. They intend to publish bi-monthly - and a useful and informative newsletter it looks too.
See more at https://sculpturetasmania.com/


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The newsletter that you can sign up for gives you a lot of free content - premium content must be pretty awesome because what you can catch on the free newsletter is very useful.
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Member's News
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Opportunities

At this stage it is difficult to know which exhibitions are going ahead and which not... Best to watch Art Almanac and the various websites.

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REGISTRATIONS OF INTEREST NOW OPEN 

We are pleased to announce that registrations of interest are open for the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2020 & Awards.
Click here to go to our website where you can register your interest to receive information when it becomes available.
With thanks,
Melbourne Prize Trust

From the President

Hi All,

How are you all going?  Its great having the extra time to do our creating but soooo difficult to be motivated in these uncertain times. But it is a good time to ponder on new ideas, do drawings or even change direction.

The committee has been meeting on Zoom every 2 weeks to get the online MIFGS exhibition up and running. All very new experiences for all of us.

Now Jenny has switched her thoughts to the newsletter. We have been very grateful for Michael Adenay’s contribution with his very interesting articles over the past few months. If you can contribute to the newsletter please contact us: Information, ideas, new techniques or even links to You Tubes that you have found useful or interesting.

If you have any concerns, problems or ideas feel free to call any of the committee. Our Mobile numbers are on the end of the newsletter.
Keep safe. 
Gillian Govan President

Diary Dates... and that Urgent Call Again

Yes well - we are meeting in virtual reality... The ASV committee has had to forego awesome pizza nights of wine and song and resorted to the cool comforts of Zoom meetings. The work is still being done - albeit with physical distancing. We will keep you informed. Please note that a number of galleries - local and international - are running virtual exhibitions. Check them out!

TO ALL MEMBERS – URGENT 
I have now been President for 8 years with a year break after the first 4 years Our constitution states that a president’s term is  4 years. Please would you start considering who you would like to nominate as your president  for next year.
Thank you Gillian Govan

MIFGS Online

The new section of the ASV website is well underway. Sculptors are preparing material for their sculpture pages and the whole enterprise is making solid progress. So let’s “walk” through the exhibition:

In Memoriam

The ASV mourns the recent passing of some of our senior sculptors. Thanks to Michael Adeney and Gillian Govan for these obituaries.

Marija Patterson at Tacit Gallery


Marija Patterson "Letting Go"
Marija Patterson had an exhibition at Tacit Gallery that opened just as restrictions on gatherings came into force - many of us were keeping our distance already and missed the opening. Fortunately there were some early sales - and also fortunately the exhibition has an illustrated catalogue - you can see it here

Exhibitions and Opportunities

At this stage it is difficult to know which exhibitions are going ahead and which not... Best to watch Art Almanac and the various websites. However here are some interesting items that have come to hand.

Live monthly meeting - 11th March 2020

Hi All

Well this is a very difficult time for us all and it has been very disappointing that all the exhibitions and opportunities have been cancelled. But we do have one thing to be grateful for and that is that we are creative. There is always something we can do. We may need a bit of encouragement at times and inspiration but we can keep occupied.

There are other sculptors we can turn to, YouTube to help with sticky problems and we may even get around to reading some of the art books that have been sitting on our coffee tables. 

MIFGS 2020 Cancelled

Was the cancellation of the 2020 MIFGS a huge disappointment? It was a necessary measure and we are now waiting to see if the measures will be enough to flatten the infection curve and keep our health workers and ourselves safe.

The loss of exhibition opportunity is a blow - we can’t bank on a sale - but we can hope - now that hope has been dashed. The expectation of meeting fellow sculptors, of engaging with the public, of seeing our work professionally presented and of having a judge on site to encourage, critique and urge us on have all evaporated.

Diary Dates and more...

Dates for Your Diary
Yes well - we are meeting in virtual reality... The ASV committee has had to forego awesome pizza nights of wine and song and resorted to the cool comforts of Zoom meetings. The work is still being done - albeit with physical distancing. We will keep you informed. Please note that a number of galleries - local and international - are running virtual exhibitions. Check them out!

TO ALL MEMBERS – URGENT

Deborah Halpern Sculptor

Deborah Halpern

Mali Art piece in Deborah's studio
Smoke from the wood heater hangs lightly above the valley, the forest silence broken only by the occasional screech of a cockatoo or a kookaburra sharing a bawdy joke. The earthen presence of eucalypt and wet grass liven the nostril and the Birrarung Marr (Yarra River) winds an ancient course past gum, rock and bend singing its watery chorus to the hills. An Autumn shower approaches the hand built studio where a father patiently instructs his daughter in glazing technique - “just a little, not too much, one colour is best”...but the young hand is adventurous with  brush and stroke. Searching out some bright disused glaze hiding on a shelf, a myriad of colours appear, then on the outside of the pot - eyes, nose, teeth - colourful, whimsical, unusual…

News, alerts, possible opportunities...

We do not know which exhibitions and opportunities are still available. We recommend artists check the websites and contact the organisers.
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Vale - again

It has been a tough beginning for 2020. Australia has endured fire, flood and ongoing coronavirus - and this is March. We are also sad to acknowledge the passing of sculptors who made significant contributions to art and to the ASV. In future editions we may be able to give an overview of their works - in the meantime we extend condolences to bereaved family and friends.
Rod Sanders
5 March 2020
Ernst Fries
 21 December 1934 - 3 March 2020
Leopoldine Mimovich OAM 1920 - 2019
The Association of Sculptors of Victoria pays tribute to its long standing member, Leo Mimovich. She was a respected, full-time, professional sculptor who made many significant commissions and was a regular exhibitor for many years.

Next Monthly Meeting - 11th March 2020

Art is a wonderful means of communication and throughout history it has recorded and reflected our culture, state of human society and the natural world.
Now as we experience some of the most devastating effects of climate change, art can communicate the events, and our reactions to them, how we can help make a difference and our hopes for the future. While we want to see our politicians acting, we as individuals can play our part. Sometimes art has been the catalyst for change, both visual and performing Arts

I am sure many of you will want to attend our meeting in March when we are privileged to have Guy Abrahams as our guest speaker.

TO ALL MEMBERS – URGENT!

I have now been President for 8 years with a year break after the first 4 years Our constitution states that a president’s term is 4 years. Please would you start considering who you would like to nominate as your president for next year. 
Thank you Gillian Govan

Dates for Your Diary

11 March at 7:30pm Monthly Meeting Guy Abrahams is our guest speaker in the Mayors Room at Hawthorn Arts Centre 360 Burwood Road Hawthorn.
25th to 29th March MIFGS exhibition site A77 Carlton Gardens

MIFGS Update

Those of you who have entered for the MIFGS exhibition know that preparations are well in hand.

VENUES FOR THE ANNUAL AND AWARDS EXHIBITION

Your Exhibition Coordinators have already been out and about searching for a venue for our Annual Exhibition without success due to the fact that many city venues are undergoing renovations and most of the local galleries are booked at least a year in advance. We would appreciate if you have any suggestions. As we have tried many places it would be great if you would refer ideas to us as we would not wish to double up with enquiries.
Yvonne Monik and Gillian Govan asv_aae@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au

Welcome to new members

Welcome to David Barclay and Maxine Wain 
we look forward to meeting you and seeing your works in exhibitions.
Monica Mauer Jan, Membership officer

Vale Leopoldine Mimovich OAM 1920 - 2019

The Association of Sculptors of Victoria pays tribute to its long standing member, Leopoldine Mimovich. She was a respected, full-time, professional sculptor who made many significant commissions and was a regular exhibitor for many years.

More next month.

Opportunities, Exhibitions and News

This section contains quite a list of interesting opportunities, exhibitions and news items - but it's not exclusive - best to keep an eye on the Art Almanac and Arts Hub for more news of value....

Robert Klippel at Tarrawarra Museum of Art

On Thursday February 13 a group of us will visit the Robert Klippel exhibition at Tarrawarra Museum of Art. We are hoping for a guided tour - but this may not be realised. We meet at 11am at the gallery. Please contact Gillian Govan 0412 122 884 if you are going to be there so that you can be kept up to date with the arrangements.
Robert Klippel
(Untitled) 1949
pen and brush and ink and gouache on paper
30.8 x 23.4 cm irreg.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of James Mollison, 1981 © Andrew Klippel.
Courtesy of The Robert Klippel Estate,
represented by Annette Larkin Fine Art,
Sydney and Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich /
Copyright Agency, 2019

The following article was written by Michael Adeney and the images and captions supplied by Tarrawarra Museum of Art.

Robert Klippel (1920-2001) has been described as one of Australia’s most significant sculptors. His creative output, spanning over sixty years, produced some 1,300 sculptures and 5,000 drawings. The intensity of his works explore the relationship between the human-made and the natural world, with works in wood, stone, metal and plastic. His technique has been described as assemblage rather than sculpture and he loved using the inner workings of machines - cogs, sprockets and rods to create organic-machine-like forms. He pursued his work with single minded intensity, often rejecting established style in favour of exploring the new. His journey was a path of struggle and persistence, slowly progressing over decades from Australian art establishment sneer in the 50’s to a Federal Government funded public sculpture commission for the opening of the National Gallery of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II in 1982. In addition to sculpture, he wrote and drew extensively, searching for a sculptural alphabet, language and storey and ultimately a connection to the spiritual.

MIFGS 2020: 25 to 29 March

Hi everyone,
MIFGS is approaching quickly. Entries close on the 24th February so please be mindful of the time. This year will be the 25th anniversary of MIFGS so IMG is planning to make it the best and biggest show ever. We have been moved to a new site. This offers us the opportunity to improve on what we have been doing. This year we will have a new printed marquee, a new layout for the sculptures and some trompe l’oeil-3D street art. We are hoping that some of the estate pieces will be suitable to install as entrance pieces.

call for entries

The ASV on Herring Island

Herring Island  Summer Arts Festival “Ebb and Flow” 18 Jan to 9 Feb 2020
In the end we have 48 works in the gallery and a fine showing it is. We have four weekends this year and an additional non public holiday Friday. We had been hoping to attract school groups, tour groups and other such business hours operations but the unprecedented fire weather and general sense of uncertainty has played against us.

Ever the optimist I am still hoping for a different turn out on 7th February - but time will tell.
Our opening went well with opener Graeme Williams OAM speaking of the opportunities that exhibiting societies such as our give both artists and the public.

News, Opportunities and More

This section is even bigger than usual and hence full of amazing things... plenty of bushfire response and there are probably more... plus exhibitions that are on now or coming up... read on
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Art in the Vines – Sculpture in Motion 26 October 2019 – 23 February 2020
This is an exhibition of kinetic sculpture. We’re talking art that is made of various mediums but that depends on motion for its effect.
But this is far from your ordinary display of sculptures that simply move in the wind - to set this exhibition apart, some artists have accepted our challenge to address the possibilities and limitations posed by having to mount their work on three-metre high poles.