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

The last two months have seen the successful organisation of the Tesselaar Exhibition by Mark Cowie, completion and registration of the revised ASV Constitution with Consumer Affairs (copies available from the Secretary), claim by Patrick on behalf of the ASV for losses incurred by the ASV in the Annual Exhibition in the fire at Manningham council chambers, and start of work on a new ASV web site by Alberto Martinez. Gillian has also now planned monthly activities to April 2010.
After much argument the Committee has agreed to change the basis of charging ASV commission in exhibitions organised by the ASV to the basis advocated by NAVA, in order to minimise confusion amongst sculptors. In future the ASV will charge commission on the catalogue selling price before adding any applicable GST. Discussion was held with the NAVA consultant, who conceded that confusion was rife on the subject, alternative formulae were common, and galleries frequently base their commission on catalogue prices including GST. …Geoff Williams

ASV Recent Activities

At the October meeting we were most privileged to have Deborah Halpern to talk to us about her sculpture. Deborah is best known for her sculpture ‘Angel’ originally commissioned in 1987 for the south moat at the NGV, but has now been installed on the Yarra bank at Birrarung Marr – a spectacular site for what is one of Melbourne’s most loved works of public art. Not only did Deborah explain at length the commission and the extraordinary challenges it presented, but she also showed slides of her painting, pottery, printmaking and sculpture and told of her love of art before and after “Angel". Although she is known throughout Australia and has had many overseas commissions she has a wonderful humble attitude to her achievements. Following her most interesting presentation we all enjoyed a very relaxed, informal chat over a cup of coffee. … Gillian Govan

ASV Coming Activities

4th November 2009. Committee Meeting: if you have a burning issue that you would like discussed please contact a Committee Member as listed at the foot of this news sheet, as soon as possible. The Agenda is being made up this week.

15th November 2009. Christmas is early this year. Lunchtime onwards: at the home of Tim and Dianne Kervin. They have kindly made their very spacious home and property available at: 3 Mary Place, Hurstbridge. MELWAY 185 H12. Tel. 0410482256 or 9718 2256 children and grandchildren welcome. If anyone would like a lift please contact: Gillian on 95791221 or Bronwyn on 9857 9153 or check the website for someone in your area for a lift. The more the merrier! All welcome

Next year is shaping up to be an interesting year:

Herring Island Exhibition 30 January – 14 February 2010: Entries by 11 December 2009. Information to be issued shortly and can be downloaded from ASV web site. Sub-Committee of Helpers wanted: apply Jenny.

10th February2010: Monthly Meeting: Jenny Whiteside has kindly agreed to open her studio to us: Jenny is a figurative sculptor in stone “Always fresh and original, Jenny’s works are full of passion, extremely tactile, and unmistakably unique;” see her website at: www.jennywhiteside.com. It should be an interesting and fun evening

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS): 23 March – 28 March 2010. Information to be issued shortly and can be downloaded from ASV web site. Sub-Committee of Helpers wanted: apply Patrick.

10th March 2010: Monthly Meeting: Jim Howson will come to the meeting and talk about his journey in Sculpture.“My work is a unique blend of three dimensional and skeletal appearance that draws out the essential qualities of steel and timber, producing an effect of changeable rhythms and free movement which is reinforced from different view-points.” Jim will be travelling from Geelong so it would be good to have a full house. See his website www.jimhowson.com.au

14th April 2010: Monthly Meeting: Our president Geoff Williams will talk to us about classical and abstract sculptures seen in travels to Italy and Netherlands. Details later

Future Activities: At our last very successful social evening I received some interesting suggestions for activities.

1. History night- We have some interesting members who could tell us about the origins of the association; about some of the early members and the origins of our awards and sponsors. Photos and talk about past exhibitions

2. More visits to studios and workshops so if anyone has any suggestions or offers I will try to arrange.

3. An information night on techniques: An interesting idea but would need some planning. Include safety issues

4. Venue: It was suggested we find a venue nearer the Bay. Any one prepared to do some scouting?

5. Bartering and swap meet: Unused tools, books, materials, memorabilia, Could be fun!

6. Life drawing class to be held early next year if interested contact Gillian Govan gmps.govan@bigpond.com. We had a successful session last year

Another suggestion was to have a for-sale and wanted section and a question and answer section in the newsletter. I think it’s a great idea but first we need a newsletter editor. Any offers? . …

Gillian Govan

Other Activities Victoria

Lorne Sculpture Exhibition: 17 October – 8 November 2009: Three week festival of contemporary sculpture; surf coast walk features 33 major sculpture works and installations by local and international artists, and a further 17 small works are showcased in shop fronts in Lorne’s Moutjoy Parade. Web site: www.lornesculpture.com.

Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition: 25 October – 6 December 2009: endeavours to showcase a cross section of contemporary Australian sculptural practice from established and emerging artists. Major prize $10,000. 25 October – 6 December 2009. Web site: www.yering.com.

McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award 2010: Deadline 2 November 2009: Survey of outdoor sculpture intends to encourage artists and support the best of contemporary sculptural practice. The winning sculptor will receive the $100,000 McClelland Award 2010, as judged by Tony Ellwood Director of Queensland Art Gallery |Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane. A second award of $20,000 will be made by the Frankston City Council for the most popular work with visitors. Applications close Monday 2 November 2009 Entry fee $35. Entry forms at www.mcclellandgallery.com Tel 9789 1671.

Susan Kaldor Exhibition at Yarra Sculpture Gallery: 4-22 November 2009: 12.00m- 5.30: 117 Vere St Abbotsford 3067. Tel 9419 6177. Small bronze sculptures. Web site: www.yarrasculpturespace.com.au.

Abbotsford Convent Open Day and Art Auction 8th November 2009: To benefit the 2009 Victorian bushfire communities: a silent Auction which is open from 10am to 4pm and the main auction from 2pm to 4pm. The main auction will offer art works by artists in the Abbotsford Convent Community that have created the most interest and the highest bids in the period leading up to the day. An on line catalogue will be created and posted three weeks before the event where bids can be registered. A preview viewing on Saturday the 7th of November from 2pm to 4pm will also be available. Web site: www.abbotsfordconvent.com.au/visitors.

Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc 4-6 December 2009: entries of contemporary painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, ceramics & sculpture in ART AT BURNLEY HARBOUR – EXHIBITION 2009. Entry fee: $6 per work. Maximum 6 works per artist.
Entry form/payment deadline: TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2009.

Website: www.contemporaryartsociety.org.au
The last ‘Art at Burnley Harbour’ in December 2008 was a great success with nearly 500 artworks by 120 artists on display, and with over 20
00 visitors to our exhibition, and reported many artwork sales.

Toyota Community Spirit Gallery: 2009 Exhibition Hybrid: October to March 2010: 60 Victorian sculptors; emphasis on emerging artists; awards made of two grants of $10,000 to advance an artist’s career; free of charge and no commission. Web site: www.toyota.com.au/about/toyota-community-spirit/gallery.

Inter-State Activities

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi NSW 29 October – 15 November 2009: The world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition will open in its 13th year and draw an estimated 500,000 visitors to view over 100 unique sculptures from artists in every state of Australia and internationally. The 100 sculptures are selected are from over 500 entries. Web site at: www.sculpturebythesea.com.

Barossa Valley: 18 September – 20 November 2009: Viktor Kalinowski exhibition at Barossa Living Gallery “From Mother Earth” see www.barossalivinggallery.com.au

International Activities

Khanty-Mansisk city, Russian Federation in August September 2010: An invitation to the ASV to participate in an exhibition with the theme “Family Unity is the Unity of the World”. The main aim of the project is propaganda of human and family values by means of plastic art and art of photography. Sculptors can send photos of sculpture works for contest, devoted to the eternal topic of the Family, Parents and Children till February 26, 2010. This Exhibition is to participate in the cultural program within the scope of the World Chess Olympic 39. Packing costs at artist expense, but transfer costs at steering committee expensed. Information from:

Nadya Odegova

Steering Committee.
Creative and production corporation
The Yekaterinburg Art Fund
skype: di-namka
e-mail: family-expo@exf.ru


Obituary Notice for George Pryde

We were sad to learn of the death of George Pryde recently. Bob and Wendy Grant, and Michael Meszaros, are contributing a short article for the next Sculpere News letter

Last News Sheet/Letter

Would any members who have overlooked payment of ASV subscription for 2009/2010, please note that this is the last news bulletin they will receive until fees are paid.

Newsletter Editor

Bronwyn resigned from the position of news editor, and the next few news sheets will be continued on a temporary basis by the President. I will continue the basis recently adopted of a full quarterly newsletter with photos and articles, the next being due in November, supplemented by monthly news sheets in between with updates on activities etc. Photos and articles will generally be reserved for the quarterly newsletter. I would appreciate early application and appointment of a newsletter editor. Country applications are encouraged for this post, and will receive every support with getting to know the ropes. Computer skills in MS Word required. Apply to the Secretary please.

Web Site Coordinator

Jenny has been asking for some time for the appointment of a new controller of the ASV web site, and the development of a new ASV web site has accelerated the need for involvement of a person to manage it in future. Some general IT skills in MS Word, email, pdf files, web site management. A tall order amongst sculptors maybe.