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.

President’s Message February 2008

The Ecstasy of Simon Schama

If you’re looking for something inspirational in the art line you would find it difficult to pass up The Power of Art. The book is available in the shops now and at $60 it’s a snip. For the wealth of information and Simon Schama’s deep insights twice the price would not be outrageous.

He delves into the works of eight artists including one sculptor, which is probably about the politically correct ratio. With some historical context, side references to other works, a little biography and a great deal of original perception Schama concentrates the lens of his penetrating eye on one major work of each. In the case of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini the work he chose is the Ecstasy of Saint Theresa.

He pulls no punches our Simon and goes straight to the core of the matter. She is in ecstasy alright; deep in an orgasmic spasm; defenceless, carefree and utterly abandoned. Bernini, as in most of his work, pulled no punches either; and he got away with it. Bernini read into Theresa’s own accounts of her religious ecstasies during her communion with her god and took a more earthly view of the source of her spasms. He combined the two and fashioned a life-size sculpture of religious and sexual ecstasy that has never been equalled. He ran the risk of offending his ecclesiastical commissioner which is not uncommon but to risk offending his god could, in the sixteenth century, get you burned at the stake and, in these times, attract at least a Fatwah. You have to be exceptionally talented to be tolerated and desperately needed be forgiven.

So take a leaf out of Bernini’s book and make what you will; and take a leaf out of Schama’s book and commit it to memory.

If words are not your thing then the DVD might be. You can get this from the BBC (www.bbcshop.com) for 19.99 pounds. It has been shown in Britain but not yet here. I cannot believe we are not to see it. With its understated re-enactments, economical text and lavish visuals of painstaking professionalism this is the TV for you. Any serious artist must have the book or the DVD or, better still, both in their library. Buy both for yourself and several books for friends; Christmas is never far away.

John Wooller President

Notes from the January Meeting

Last meeting Bronwyn Culshaw gave us a presentation on her trip to Europe and America during which she saw a huge range of sculpture and took hundreds of images – the evening was really inspiring – thank you Bronwyn and Patrick.

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ASV Diary Dates

  • Wednesday 5th March Committee Meeting - contact a committee member to put items on the Agenda

  • Wednesday 12th March 7:30pm ASV monthly meeting - we shall be visiting Rudi Jass's studio unit 6, 31 Hosie Street, Bayswater Melway 50J 11. Please bring your own cup and chair. Rudi's studio is part of a gated industrial estate – if the gate is closed call Rudi on 0412 330 203. Can people needing a lift, and people who can offer help with driving contact Gillian Govan to coordinate helping each other. This promises to be an inspiring evening - thanks in advance to Rudi.

  • Wednesday 2nd to Sunday 5th April Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

  • There is no April monthly meeting

  • Sunday 18th May ASV monthly meeting - hosted by Jan and John Wooller, this picnic meeting is the perfect opportunity for country members to join us.

Report on Herring Island Summer Arts Festival and the ASV exhibition

The festival itself is continuing – currently the Contemporary Art Society Victoria is showing a great range of 2 and 3D works - including an installation by Robert Lee in the courtyard. Our exhibition went well - we attracted around 200 visitors on some days, the demonstration events were popular, the preview cruise from Southbank to the island was a blast, and we sold 8 out of 46 works. Information about the festival can be obtained from http://home.vicnet.net.au/~hisaf/ and a more newsy blog with lots of pictures can be seen at http://hisafnews.blogspot.com/ . Sold works were: John Bishop - Naissance, Patti Casimir – Into the Waves, Helen Clancy - Maidenly Demure, of Womanhood the Lure, Gillian Govan - Bracing the Elements, Senia Kazar – Platypus – Rockpool, Marija Patterson – Layered and Masked IV, Lise Toft - Two Mud Men - Spirits, John Wooller - Shelter from the Storm.

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2008

Thanks to everyone who has put entries into this year’s Flower Show. We have seventy-odd entries including eight non-members.
It is going to be a grand affair.
The five “Distinguished Melbourne Sculptors” – William Eicholtz, Grant Finck, Ernst Fries, James Parrett and Faustas Saudauskas, who are our guests, will be the centre-piece for the exhibition.
Peter Blizzard O.A.M. is our judge, and the Presentation Night will be on Wednesday 2nd at 6.00 pm onwards after viewing the sculptures and the prize winners in the Carlton Gardens.
Entry will be via the Rathdowne Street entrance (gate) only with an invitation which allows free entry from 4.00 p.m. till 6.00pm. We then make our way down to Lygon Street to a restaurant called La Notte, 140-146 Lygon Street, where the presentations will take place. This function is $10 per head and champagne and nibbles are provided. Other drinks are available at bar prices. It is also a good place to dine afterwards and there are plenty of choices up and down Lygon Street.
RSVP’S are necessary to Bronwyn Culshaw 9857 9153. This information is provided on your invitation. These invitations will be mailed out to you.

Tesselaar Tulip Festival - Future Opportunity

Following recent exploratory discussions between John Wooller, Mark Cowie and representatives of the famous Tesselaar Tulip Festival (held every September-October in the Dandenongs, and attended by 50,000 people last year) there is every possibility that members of the Association may be able to exhibit suitable outdoor pieces at this year’s Festival.

As part of Tesselaar’s corporate development they are very keen to enter into a long-term relationship with the Association as a means of establishing a presence in the art world with an annual exhibition, competition and sale of sculptures. Such an exhibition could ultimately be similar in stature and prize money as those conducted annually by, for example, Montalto and Yerring Station. But there is much to be done before such an eventuality could occur.

As a consequence of this interest, and as a first step in the process, Tesselaar has been informed that the Association’s members would be canvassed to assess the level of interest in such an exhibition. If there is sufficient response from members, Tesselaar has agreed to test the water by putting on a small show this year with a People's Choice Award funded by the company. The company would also take the opportunity to survey visitors during the Festival to gauge the response of the public to such a venture/event.

If this pilot show succeeds the intention is for Tesselaar to increase the funding to provide for an annual exhibition and sale with a substantial acquisitive prize funded by them. They are keen to establish a sculpture garden on their property and, therefore, forge a successful working relationship with the Association and its members.

Discussions are at a preliminary stage and there is a bit of work to undertake and a number of logistics to sort through before the potential of such an exhibition ever becomes a reality. While these discussions continue it would be very helpful to hear from members as to their interest in exhibiting at such an event later this year. The interest of members to exhibit will determine if we proceed with a pilot exhibition, of whatever size, this year.

Mark Cowie has agreed to act as the contact point for the Association and if anyone wishes to express their interest in exhibiting - or if members have suggestions they would like to contribute - then you are urged to contact him on 5348 5696 or by email forgedgarden@vic.chariot.net.au Mark will keep the Association’s executive apprised of all his discussions with Tesselaar and the contributions and suggestions made by members regarding this proposal. Further information about the Tulip Festival can be viewed at the website www.tesselaar.net.au

Mark Cowie

Opportunities for Sculptors

Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2008 - registrations of interest to receive an entry form open

The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2008 will recognize and reward excellence and talent in urban sculpture.

Please visit www.melbourneprizetrust.org to register your interest in receiving an entry form or call the Melbourne Prize Trust on (03) 9650 8800. The entry form and detailed prize information will be available in March on the website.

Wood sculptor symposium Halle / Saale 2008“

The ASV has received an email from bbk sachsen-anhalt regarding a wood sculpture symposium 25 August to 20 September 2008 - let me know if you would like the information and I'll send it to you.

Jenny Rickards 0418 97 18 97

The Incinerator Arts Complex at Moonee Ponds is calling for submissions for aRtECYCLE exhibition 14 May to 1 June 2008. Entries close 12 March 2008. More information can be obtained from

Kate McPhee

Incinerator Arts Complex

180 Holmes Road

Moonee Ponds 3039

p: 8325 1750

e: kmcphee@mvcc.vic.gov.au

w http://www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/

For information on the Frankston Fine Art, Sculpture, Craft and Photography Exhibition and Sale on MAY 16-18, 2008 please contact

5977 6086, mobile 0419 549 808,
Email: katep@netspace.net.au

Exhibition opportunities are on offer from

Melita Chaloner

123 Cecil Street, South Melbourne 1300 780 003


The following items are reproduced from the CSA newsletter for your information:

Swell Sculpture Festival

Call for entries

Entries close 1st April 2008

More information at www.swellsculpture.com.au


Artists are encouraged to develop works to submit for pre-selection into the Togart Contemporary Art Award (NT) to be held in June. Prizes include a $15,000 non-acquisitive award and a $5000 peoples choice award.

Applications close 14 March 2008

Pre-selection notification 1 April 2008

Works arrive in Darwin 2 June 2008

The opening night 19 June 2008

More information http://www.darwincitywaterfront.com.au/togart/

Telephone (08) 8942 0523

Email fgreen@darwincitywaterfront.com.au

The Churchie

National Emerging Art Exhibition

29th May – 1st June 2008

$10,000 Prize

Entries close 25 March 2008

Forms and enquiries





Wyndham City Council is seeking to commission an artist/s to undertake a public artwork to be sited at Chirnside Park, Werribee (Melway ref: 205 H9). The artwork will be funded through Council’s Per Cent for Art scheme.

The aim of the project is to;

  • Provide an artwork, which reflects the multi-user nature of Chirnside Park.

  • Introduce an innovative, relevant and accessible artistic response to Chirnside Park and its surrounds.

  • Enhance the environs of the area through the introduction of a durable visual arts component.

  • Increase the diversity and quality of Council's public art collection, providing access to public art across the Wyndham Community.

Expressions of Interest will close Friday 29 February 2008 at 5pm.

To view the project brief go to: http://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/freestyler/gui/files/Chirnside%20Park%20Project%20Brief%20-%20v2.pdf


Artanica, an exciting annual exhibition of diverse garden sculpture within the grounds of Duneira, a magnificent Mount Macedon garden.

Call for Entries, Sculptors are encouraged to call 03 5422 3621

10am – 4pm, Saturday 19st April to Sunday 20nd April, 2008

460 Mt Macedon Road
Mt Macedon

Sculptors News and Interesting Stuff and help needed....

Boroondara Gallery Blog:

To keep up with all the news of exhibitions, artist talks, slides and sushi and works from the Town Hall Gallery Collection go to the gallery blog at:


Updated regularly with news from the Curator and images from exhibitions and events visitors will get to see some 'behind the scenes' activity at the gallery. So bookmark the page and leave us a comment or question for the current exhibitors! For further information please contact the gallery Curator.

Mardi Nowak
Town Hall Gallery
rear 358 Burwood Rd
Hawthorn 3122
wed - sat: 12-5pm

Food for Thought

An article by Kellie Tranter in Online Opinion was brought to my attention - you might like to read it here: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=7045&page=0

Bolin Bolin Gallery at Bulleen Art & Garden is hosting an exhibition by Ann-Maree Gentile entitled “Domestic Bliss”. Bulleen Art and Garden's program of exhibitions and workshops is always worth looking at - see more at http://www.baag.com.au/

The Contemporary Sculptors Association has announced a new website for their gallery http://www.yarrasculpturespace.com.au/

Sculpture by the Sea has spread! It now runs an exhibition in Western Australia: Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, which will be held in Perth from 6 - 18 March 2008. And currently is showing Ephemeral Art at the Invisible Lodge, Freycinet Peninsular, Tasmania

Our progress association Wycheproof 2010 has been discussing holding a sculpture workshop to develop a sculpture garden in front of our town hall. The theme would be Found Objects with materials local to our area used. There is a lot of interest locally in sculpture and as we have just come through our 7th year of drought we need to look at ways to beautify and use areas that were once lush garden.

If you have a member of your organisation who could conduct such a workshop your advice would be appreciated. We are currently looking at funding and would need to know cost of holding a full day workshop, travel and accommmodation. If you would like more information about Wycheproof please see the website www.wycheproof.vic.au

We are looking at the third weekend of October 2008 for the workshop.

Jacinta Miller
ph 03 54937755


A friend of mine forwarded this images - some bored chefs have indulged in culinary sculpture!

New Members

This month we welcome Margaret Sail. Happy sculpting Margaret.