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.

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
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.