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.

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....
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Golden Plains Art Trail
Late in 2018 we were given the opportunity to run our first ever community arts trail. As an active group of artists we decided to take on the challenge and had a successful event in May 2019. 
We are now back ready to do it again on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March 2020 from 10am to 5pm daily . We have more artists participating from the Golden Plains region - some are individual studios and others part of a group, youth and adults, there is something of interest for everyone. 
For more details go to:-
Golden Plains Community Arts Trail
Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March 10am-5pm
Website www.gpartsinc.com.au
Social Media :@GP Arts Inc. #gpartsinc
Email: gpartsinc11@gmail.com
Free entry 

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Rookwood General Cemetery invites individual and group proposals for
HIDDEN ROOKWOOD SCULPTURES 2020
(19 September – 18 October).
Entry is free. Proposals are open to emerging, mid-career and established artists for new or existing works that relate to the exhibition’s themes. We are looking for sculptural works that respond to the cemetery and engage with HIDDEN’s themes of history, culture, remembrance, diversity, love, mourning, spirituality, cycles of life and the passage of time. Proposals are invited from a wide range of artistic approaches, materials and forms, including kinetic elements, performance and participatory engagements. We are looking for a broad span of works ranging from celebratory, big, bright and colourful through to contemplative, personal, intimate and thought provoking. Artists are welcome to discuss ideas with the curator before submitting at curator@rookwoodcemetery.com.au Proposal deadline is Monday 6 April 2020.
For more information: http://www.hiddeninrookwood.com.au or call 02 8758 8100.

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Kilmore Art Expo
April 3rd - 5th 2020
Kilmore Memorial Hall,
Sydney Street, Kilmore
All proceeds are donated to local and international charitable projects 
Important dates:
• March 2nd Entries close
• March 31st Deliver Exhibits to Memorial Hall between 10am – 5.30pm (see time for your category in Conditions of Entry)
• April 3rd Opening Night and Awards Presentation, 6:30pm
• April 4th-5th Exhibition open 10am - 4pm
• April 5th Collect Exhibits from Memorial Hall between 4.30pm – 6.30pm
More information: http://kilmoreartexpo.com/

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Opportunities
The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) are seeking to acquire a sculptural memorial artwork for the Recognition of our Fallen Personnel.. The budget for this project is up to $150,000. The Commission is open to contemporary Australian artists, artist’s collective or artist’s consortium.
To date, DELWP have identified 130 people. 73 people who died whilst undertaking emergency response work (predominantly forest fire fighting) and 57 people who have died as a consequence of a work-related injury.
Please also note DELWP is separately commissioning honour rolls that will name our Fallen Personnel. Artists are welcome to apply for one or both commissions
For details please contact me
Hanut Singh Dodd
Fallen Personnel Project
Forest, Fire and Regions | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002
E: memorial@delwp.vic.gov.au

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International Women's Day
Gasworks Arts Park is very proud to announce some very exciting events which coincide with and celebrate International Women's Day, 8 March 2020.
The Best and Fairest - Celebration
Melbourne Writers’ Theatre are developing their new show The Best and Fairest as Gasworks’ 2020 company-in-residence. They will have access to Gasworks rehearsal spaces & technical/administrative support and the show will premiere in July.
7.30pm Thursday 5 March
Studio Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park
Hard To Reach Places
This new solo work combines circus, movement, text and sound in a darkly humorous, irreverent and personal insight into one person’s daily experiences and the chaos that ensues from some questionable life choices.
7.30pm Friday 6 - Saturday 7 March
Studio Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park

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McClelland Makers Dinner with Corbett Lyon Saturday 14 March
Join collector and architect Corbett Lyon for an illustrated talk presenting the thirty year story of the Lyon House museum and its collection of Australian contemporary art. The Housemuseum is a unique combination of ‘house’ and ‘museum’, cited by Larry's List as ‘one of the world’s 10 most exciting buildings of private art museums’
Sarah & Baillieu Myer Education Pavilion,
McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin, Victoria 3910
Arrival at 6pm for a pre-dinner tour of 'Haus Werk: the Bauhaus in contemporary art'. Dinner will commence at 7pm.
Circle and members $125| Non-members $150 | RSVP by 9 March

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David Greybeard by Lisa Roet & the Jane Goodall Institute Australia
McClelland is very excited to invite you to a studio visit and cocktail event at Seaworks for a preview of the making of David Greybeard – the artwork.
The project is a collaboration between Australian visual artist Lisa Roet and the Jane Goodall Institute Australia.
The collaboration will see a 9 x 12.5 x 12 m  sculpture of a Chimpanzee installed at various high profile locations around the world during 2020 and 2021, with its inaugural launch in Melbourne this April.
Speakers: Lisa Roet, Felipe Reynolds (Airena) and Dr Sally Northfield (UNAA). 
When  | Thursday 19 March at 7pm - 9pm
Where | Seaworks, Williamstown
Cost    | $95 (Circle + Members)  $125 (Non-Members)

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Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival
The Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival Committee is very pleased to announce the dates for 2020. The Festival will run from 17th October to the 1st November. The 16 day festival will run over three weekends with a preview night on 16th October and the official opening night on the 17th.
With prize money of over $30,000 we encourage your members to consider submitting one or more sculptures for selection in this exciting regional art festival.
The 2020 prizes are as follows:
First Prize $20,000
Highly Commended $5,000
Indoor Small Sculpture $6,000
2325 Locals Prize $1,000
We have arranged for low cost accommodation in an ‘artists village’ and hope to be able to offer some assistance with freight of large works.
The 2019 festival was an amazing success; over 60 sculptors participated and over 40 works were sold. The festival committee invites your members to submit sculptures for selection in the 2020 Festival.
Information and application forms will soon be available on our new website which is currently under construction; www.sculptureinthevineyards.com.au
You can also follow us on FaceBook; @Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards and Instagram #sculptureinthevineyards
We would look forward to sending you further information as we prepare for this exciting festival in October.

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Land Art Generator
Second Edition
The future we envision is one in which we are surrounded by the most diverse ecosystem of renewable energy technologies and landscapes, each a reflection of local culture and context.
In this future, where you will be surrounded by beautiful renewable energy generators, you will surely need a guidebook in order to know if that thing that you find so beautiful is a semiconductor-based artificial photosynthetic cell, a piezoelectric generator, a triboelectric fabric, or a dyesensitized solar cell.
What is the future that you would like to see? Use this book and design your own renewable energy landscapes!

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Creative Victoria has released the Audience Atlas of Victoria
The Audience Atlas 2019 reports on Victorians’ appetite for arts and cultural experiences and these insights will be used to build the overall strength and sustainability of the sector.
Commissioned by Creative Victoria, the study tells us who is attending what cultural event, who wants to attend more, and why they go. With so much data on all sectors of the creative industry, the Atlas provides Victorian arts organisations with a powerful tool to help grow their audiences and supporters.
More than 4,000 Victorians (aged 16+) participated in the study from across the general population. Victorians love the arts! 93% of Victorians - or 4.4 million people - attend or want to attend arts and cultural events.
Download the report

And from Twitter: Esther Anatolitis sent
The new @auscouncilarts Arts and Culture Governance Report is very useful reading. Why is diversity going backwards? Why aren’t boards reflecting critically on their performance or regularly on their CEOs? Governance is always dynamic, never set-and-forget https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/research/arts-and-culture-governance-report

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