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.

Supplementary News for October

Because the October news came out early some information couldn't be included so here is what wouldn't keep until the end of November.


In advance of silly season so we can relax and enjoy the company of other sculptors over BBQ lunch and a drop of Christmas cheer......

On 20th November At the home of Gillian Govan,
20 England Street East Bentleigh 3165 Melway 77 J 2
BYO meat and could we please have volunteers for salads or desserts.
Chair and card table may be needed.
Door open any time after 11am.. Look forward to a big crowd with partners and family welcome

As the party has been in Northern Suburbs for last few years we thought it would be nice for bay side members to come a little closer to home....



"People learn nothing when they're asleep
and very little when they're bored..."
- John Cleese

and I maintain they learn even less if they aren't even there..... the eight people who were at the Community Arts room on Wednesday evening had a lot of fun looking at the bits and pieces people brought in:

JOHN BISHOP brought in some Paulownia wood that he had carved, and a range of hand carving tools – not his beautiful carving axe but a range of knives and chisels some on a multi-tool arrangement

GILLIAN GOVAN showed us her Dremel and the Duratec from Jaycar she had just bought and the fantastic range of attachments including a flexible drive... there were many oohs and ah's... and a couple of “let's buy that and can we get a discount if we buy several at once?” There was talk of people's favourite attachment and some interesting uses – such as using the Dremel as a lathe. In fact Gillian is going to buy for a few people you can contact her on 0412122884 or email gmps.govan@bigpond.com. There was discussion of using gel gloves when using power tools – some of the more moderate hands use gel bicycle gloves as they fit better.

AVIS GARDNER showed us a perspex roller that she uses to create even thickness pieces in her clay work, and also a small plaster block – again for manipulating clay – she gave us a fascinating insight into the making of her beautiful and intricate sculptures.

JENNY RICKARDS brought in a cabinet scraper that looks like French curves – very handy for getting a good surface on carved wood. Also the literature for a room air filtration unit – a great piece of OH&S equipment that sets up an air circulation pattern in the studio and filters out harmful dust before it settles out – to rise and offend next time you walk into the studio. The university study on room air filtration unit is on the Internet at

MICHAEL MESZAROS brought in a new copper fabricated work and talked about the tips and tricks of making it, and he talked about a couple of new works and the means of placing them on site – including getting bluestone from China rather than Australia

We all learned something – and took away some great camaraderie.

And the day after the meeting - Gillian did a carving course with Jenny Whiteside. “Excellent. I carved soapstone and Marija and another friend did limestone. A very worthwhile day when we learnt a lot, talked a lot and had something to show for it at the end.”



The ASV invites all member sculptors to submit works for inclusion to the Elliot-ASV Gallery located at 356-358 Punt Road, South Yarra into the new trimester exhibition for November/December/January. Entry forms and conditions of entry: http://www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/elliott_asv_entry_oct_2011.pdf http://www.sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/elliott_asv_conditions_sept_2011.pdf
Applications Close: Wednesday, 26th October 2011 ****************************************************************************************** Information for the Herring Island and MIF&GS 2012 Exhibitions will be sent out shortly. These are two great exhibitions in which to participate so polish up those ideas and be ready!


16 Oct - 24 Nov
Garden of Eden Sculpture Exhibition
Vere Apothecary, 427 Hampton St, Hampton

20 Oct - 4 Nov
Opening Night Thu 20 Oct 6.30pm
Brighton Recreational Centre Art Show - 93 Outer Crescent, Brighton

29 Oct - 6 Nov
Glenyon Annual Sculpture Show

8 Nov - Mar
Toyota Gallery Sculpture Exhibition

Sat 19 Nov - 1 Dec
The Highway Gallery - Mt Waverley "Poverty & Hope" Community Art Exhibition

Fri 2nd Dec, Sat 3rd Dec and Sun 4th Dec
Art at Burnley Harbour

The opening of the Deakin University Small Sculpture Award in the Deakin Gallery, Burwood Campus, is on Wed. 2 Nov. at 6 pm. RSVP by 28 Oct on 9244 5344 or artgallery@deakin.edu.au



Northlakes Toukley Rotary Club has a sculpture prize of $10,000 non acquisitive, highly commended of $3,500.
Website: www.ccartsfestival.com.au

Contact Ken Smith email sotg@ccartsfestival.com.au
Ph 0407 921 073


Well, it's been a busy time, but it's certainly all been for a good cause and I'm delighted to finally announce that the Grand Re-opening date for the Gallery will be Sunday November 6th.Looking back this is something of a miracle!
Having had no insurance for the gallery, due to circumstances, there has been a lot of unexpected magic along the way in the form of the hands and hearts of so many amazing people who have given so much along this transformational journey . . .
We are touched and can't thank people enough for their generosity of time, energy, help and support along the way.
I've considered myself more 'Bruno The Builder' for the last two years! I'm extremely happy with how the gallery building is looking and it will be great to finally open the doors to the world.
It's fantastic and rewarding to stand back now and see the gallery and house both almost complete!



3 – 22 November 2011
Suzanne Kaldor
New Work
Yarra Sculpture Gallery
117 Vere Street, Abbotsford 3067

Contact Suzanne: 0419 591 046
Wednesdays and Sundays 12-5pm
www.yarrasculpturegallery.com.au yarrasculpturegallery@gmail.com

The opening of the Exhibition is on the 5th of November , Saturday 2-4PM
and I will be there every day Wednesday - Sunday from 12 noon until 5PM
with coffee and nibbles and of course with a big welcoming smile. Suzanne



We are pleased to announce that entries are NOW OPEN for NAVA’s Annual Xmas Card Competition.

Offered exclusively to NAVA members, this competition is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure from and promote your work.

The selected image will be showcased on a digital e-card and will be the featured artist on NAVA’s website throughout the Xmas period. The artist will also receive a copyright fee for the use of their artwork.

TO ENTER, email the URL for your 'Artist Gallery' on the NAVA website with your full name and membership number to Micaela Giffney Promotions Coordinator micaela@visualarts.net.au with ‘Xmas card' in the subject field. If you have an image preference, make sure you mention this is your email.

The competition deadline is COB Friday 4 November 2011

Only the winner will be contacted and a formal announcement will be made nationally via the NAVA news e-bulletin on Thursday 8 December 2011.

Media Desk

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

PO Box 60, Potts Point, NSW 1335.
T 02 9368 1900
F 02 9358 6909
E mediadesk@visualarts.net.au


Spring Art ends Sunday 6th November.

Just a reminder not to miss the exhibition of works byMalcolm Beattie, Gregory R Smith, Kevin Boucher & John Orlando Birt.Open Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm & Wed to Sat eves from 6pm.
Also open Monday 31st Oct - Cup Eve 11am – 4pm


I was hoping you could put some marble carvers in touch with me. I have about 3 tons of Chillagoe black and white marble. All pieces are quite large, with flat bases on them. I am looking for someone to take the marble from Hampton. Could you please advise if you would have anyone interested? Thank you. Regards, Donna donnagough1@gmail.com ************************************************************************
Thanks to Michael Meszaros, Gillian Govan, Janice McCarthy and Monica Mauer for putting the information together
Jenny Rickards

Sculpere October 2011

President's Message October 2011

Geoff Williams President
Would all members please note in their diaries that Gillian Govan has kindly offered her abode for this year’s ASV Christmas party – BYO midday Saturday 19 November. Further details by email. In particular this is planned to provide an opportunity for us to see more of those in the bayside area.

For the information of all seeking fame, we are selecting sculptors as our Featured Sculptor in the newsletter with particular attention to the originality and innovation displayed in their work. Whilst your work may be charming, humorous, striking, well-finished etc, we are looking for those who go where no one has gone before in conveying their concept and message. Please bear in mind that we have a lengthening list of names to consider and do not feel offended if we have not yet caught up with you. Nominations may be sent direct to the Editors, Katherine & Zoe Harrington, email below. High resolution images of a variety of work will need to be provided for works to be included.

Monica has pointed out a particularly interesting web site showing works by Jaison deCaires Taylor in the Gulf of Mexico: http://www.underwatersculpture.com/index.asp.
Maybe some would find it stimulating as to local possibilities: creation of works in partnership with nature.

The year is drawing to a close and members are asked to plan to submit works for Herring Island and Melbourne Flower and Gardens Exhibitions next year.

This has been a very active year and we look forward to chat with you at Gillian’s on 19 November if you can make it.

Annual Exhibition and Awards September 2011

Claudine Top receiving her prize from our Vice President Michael Mezaros

And the Winners are...
Margaret Gunnersen William Hoggan Thomas Award
First Prize: $1000 and Medallion donated by Margaret Gunnersen Estate; Second Prize: $500
1st prize: Claudine Top ‘L’Homme qui Marche’
2nd prize: Anthony Kim ‘The Dare’
Tina Wentcher Prize
First Prize: $1000 and Medallion. Second Prize: $250 donated by Helen Bruinier
1st prize: Damian Vick ‘Crash’
2nd prize: Richard Kloester ‘Pegged’
HC: Jenny Whiteside ‘Shake that’
HC: Terry Barclay ‘Whale of a time’
Dalchem Prize
$350 voucher
Winner: Monica Mauer Jan ‘Dreaming’
Total Tool Prize
3 tools Donated by Preston Tool Totals
Winner: Jan Indrans ‘Suburban Relic’
Wood Carving Tools prize
Donated by Thomas Rossman
Winner: Anthony Kim ‘The Dare’
People’s Choice
Bullen Art & Garden
Winner: Monica Mauer Jan ‘Dreaming’

This wonderful exhibition would not happen without the support and help from ASV members. Many people were involved in bringing about this exhibition, so we would like to thank the following: Monica Mauer, John Bishop, Tim Kervin, Gillian Govan, ASV Committee, Gallery Director, Margot Tasca and staff at The Light Factory Gallery for their assistance in putting this exhibition together. Also, thanks go to the Gunnersen family for their donation to the Margaret Gunnersen & William Hoggan Thomas Award, Helen Bruinier, Thomas Rossman, Bulleen Art and Garden, Dalchem, Total Tools for sponsorship, Michael Meszaros, Jon Eiseman, and Marija Patterson for judging the Tina Wentcher Prize and providing valuable comments on the entries, Darren McNicholas for judging the Dalchem Prize, Rod Sanders and the Hot Chisels for the music at the opening and Jon Eiseman for officially opening the exhibition. It is also appropriate to acknowledge all the exhibiting sculptors whose works made this event possible.

Reported by Leonie Amerena, Anne Anderson and Terry Barclay


The Tesselaar Sculpture Prize is an engaging part of the famous Tesselaar Tulip Festival held over September and October each year in the Dandenong Ranges.
The recipient of this year’s $10,000 Acquisitive Award is Luke Rogers, a young emerging artist in Geelong. Noel Muscat, a sculptor based in Daylesford, has been awarded the $1,000 Second Prize. The competition was judged by acclaimed Australian sculptor, Jock Clutterbuck.
Rachael Pearce, marketing co-ordinator at Tesselaar, said, “As part of its continuing program of developing the Tulip Festival we have been thrilled with the public’s response to the exhibition of outdoor sculpture over the past three years. The tulips in full bloom provide a beautiful and colourful backdrop to the array of creative works on display. We are very pleased to have a very high-quality field of sculptors competing for the fourth annual prize.”
Mark Cowie, exhibition curator, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to the Festival to view in a unique setting a range of sculptural styles and mediums, which have been created by some of Australia’s finest sculptors and emerging artists.”
The finalists for this year’s Tesselaar Sculpture Prize include several prominent Australian and internationally-regarded sculptors. These sculptors have been winners of major sculpture prizes in Australia and overseas. A number of this year’s finalists have also exhibited in some of Australia’s most prestigious art competitions.
Organised by Tesselaar, with support from the Association of Sculptors of Victoria, the 28 Tesselaar Sculpture Prize finalists include: Anton Hasell, Geoffrey Ricardo, Liz Walker, Ben Fasham, Grant Finck, Rudi Jass and Frank McFarlane.
The sculptures by the 28 finalists can be viewed during the course of the Tulip Festival, which is open between 10:00am and 5:00pm every day from 15 September to 12 October.
Luke Rogers, ‘Untitled #1’,
mild steel & found objects;
unique; 700x500x200
cms, the recipient of this
year’s $10,000 Acquisitive

Exhibition Opportunities outside ASV

Applications are now open for the 
McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2012 for outdoor sculpture.
Displayed throughout 16 hectares of bush and landscaped gardens from 18 November 2012- to 14 July 2013, the McClelland Sculpture Survey is intended to provide sculptors the opportunity to present their works in an outdoor exhibition context.
Selected artists will be eligible for the McClelland Award 2012, an $100,000 acquisitive award to be judged by Deborah Edwards, Senior Curator - Australian art, Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Survey artists will also be in the running for the Frankston City People’s Choice Award, valued at $20,000 sponsored by Frankston City Council which will be awarded in June 2013 to the artist whose work is voted the most popular by visitors to the McClelland Sculpture Survey.
Sculptors nationally and internationally are eligible to enter the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2012 from 19 September 2011 to 21 November 2011. The recipients will be announced in early December 2011.
Download Entry Forms from www.mcclellandgallery.com
Submissions close Monday 21 November 2011 at 5pm.
For further information please contact: Charlotte Carter, Survey Co-ordinator McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin Victoria 3910 Australia
Telephone +61 3 9789 1671 (ext 106) Facsimile +61 3 9789 1610 ccarter@mcclellandgallery.com

The Director of McClelland Gallery +Sculpture Park, Robert Lindsay invites you to the Contemporary Sculptors Association 2011 Conference
Monday 28th November 2011
Guest Speakers: Fran Clark, Lisa Fehily, Richard Goodwin, Robert Lindsay, Robert Owen and Stuart Purves
$15 per person
Places limited, RSVP Essential
(03) 9789 1671


New Art Creative Development Grants.
Grants are for artists wishing to explore innovative ideas and collaborations to make major new artworks possible. In 2011,
you can apply for $30,000 to develop your art project. This might include honing your plans and concept, developing a model
or prototype, fi nding partners, and securing other sources of funding.
This initiative is open to independent artists, curators and producers working across all art forms, including dance, literature,
music, theatre, visual arts, hybrid, digital and interdisciplinary art.
Applications close Monday 10 October 2011
Development projects may start 12 December 2011
See: www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants


Formerly Kooindah Acquisitive Sculpture Prize Exhibition (KASPE)
Cash Prizes Totalling $13,500
Entries Open Friday, September 16, 2011 Entries Close Friday, December 2, 2011

Interview with Sculptor, Damian Vick

‘Eroded orb’ 3mm Corten Steel 900mm diameter. Wheelers Hill. Photograph by Damian Vick
K&Z: You originated in graphic design. What kind of work did you do? Do you feel that your experience in that area has influenced your work?
Damian: I spent most of my time as a graphic designer running a publication in the health sector. While I was able to be creative in this role, with complete creative control, the endeavour was never entirely fulfilling for me. Studying and working in Graphic design allowed me to gain and refine my understanding and appreciation of design principles and concepts, which I have been able to apply to my sculpture in a general sense, but I always felt limited working in two dimensions. I feel that I have responded to this by trying to focus heavily on form.
K&Z: Your work is reminiscent of artists from the 20th century Minimalist movement such as Sol LeWitt. Are you inspired by them? What is it that makes you create work in this manner?
Damian: To be honest, despite the fact that I studied art history through university it is only recently that I have really begun to really educate myself on 20th Century sculptors, and I feel that I am a long way from understanding the landscape of the art world. This ignorance has actually been quite intentional. While I have always been interested in art and the creative process, when I began making sculpture I purposefully limited the amount of artwork that I engaged with, as I wanted to focus on the thoughts and visions that occurred to me without risking having my ‘voice’ too heavily influenced by anyone else.

I have always felt that I have been searching for my own understanding of truth, beauty and identity and how they are altered as perceived from different perspectives. For me, art is essentially an output, an expression of ideas, or an outcome of analysis. My ideas come to me only when I feed my mind with information or experience. I see patterns, forms and often metaphors when I expose myself to concepts that resonate deeply with my understanding of the world. My prime source of inspiration does not come from art itself, but often from science, mathematics, biology and sociology. Gathering a deeper understanding of the behaviour of matter, time, space, and life often suggests patterns and forms that I feel underlie the fabric of our existence.

I feel that my investigation into these fields has led me to the very start of my life as an artist and now that I have given a couple of years to developing my craft as well as thinking heavily about the concepts and processes that are important to me, I am only starting to open myself up to the infinite nature of the artistic universe and am more able to take on influences without drowning out my own narrative.
‘Tree Privacy Screen’ Powdercoated aluminium, Acrylic film on glass. 3880mm(w) x 2150mm(h) x 300mm (d) Middle Park.
Photograph by Serra Oner

K&Z: Your works tend to be large, imposing pieces. Have you ever made small pieces? What response are you trying to affect with your works?
Damian:I have made a handful of smaller works but they have tended to be studies, maquettes or experiments that feed into larger works. As to the reasons I am driven to make larger works, I can’t entirely explain this. I feel that there is potential within larger pieces to interact in a dynamic way with the spaces that hold them, be it large rooms or exterior settings. They also impact the way the viewer needs to perceive them and interact with them.

Although it may seem obvious to the point of being glib, I enjoy the way that large objects demand attention as they can overpower the viewer and dominate their experience. As humans, I believe we have an underlying sense of superiority, be it over animals, the planet or each other. I like to provide situations where the viewer is imposed upon, dominated and overwhelmed by something as I feel it provides a place within ones mind to re-evaluate our own attribution of value.
K&Z: Some of your work is functional, such as the ‘screens’. They are absolutely beautiful and provide privacy for people’s houses as they are positioned across large windows, for instance. Conventionally, art does not tend to have a practical function. Do you think that this convention needs to be challenged or do you think that pieces like your screens should be viewed as ‘design’ rather than as ‘art’?
Damian: I don’t think I can speak with enough authority to define what art is or what art is not. Personally, I don’t label the screens I have built as art, not because I necessarily believe that art cannot be practical, but rather due to the nature of the process in which they have been developed. These installations are created in conjunction with a client who has the final call on its aesthetic and who often chooses the starting point for the development of the subject matter. It is these factors that make me think of these projects as sculptural problem solving or installation design. I choose to think of art in a more pure context; something that emerges as a consequence of conscious existence. I make sculptures because they occur to me, because I feel they are justified to exist outside of my mind and because I simply enjoy the act of creation.

Members' News

Sculptures From The Elliot Gallery
Photography: Janice McCarthy
Bronwyn Culshaw, ‘Precious’, Mixed media,
pearls, crystal beads, 17 x 39 x 21 cm
John Bishop, ‘Corallanthus Trifarium’,
Limestone, 130 x 25 x 10cm

Michael Meszaros, ‘Water’s Edge’, copper,
78 x88 x28 cm

Meredith Plain, ‘Musings I’, Clay/
Ceramic, 68 x44 x35 cm

GROUP EXHIBITION: GARDEN OF EDENNew Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, featuring works by Valda Cuming, Janice McCarthy, Gillian Govan, Anne Anderson, Paul Cacioli and Wayne Ryan.
18 October to 24 November 2011.
Vere Apothecary, Shop 17, 427-455 Hampton St., Hampton VIC 3188
Gillian Govan, ‘Bracing the Elements’,
Blue Cold Bronze, 28 x 19 x 29 cm

Valda Cuming, ‘Four Tree Hill’
42 x 28 x 13cm
Janice McCarthy ‘Edward’
30 x 20 x 26


Next Issue out mid-October 2011
Temples’ by Geoff Harvey from last
year’s Blake Prize. Photography by
Steve Menteith
Available from the NSW Art Gallery, Art Gallery of SA, Portrait Gallery in Canberra, the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, some regional galleries, Magnation and selected book stores and newsagents or available as a pdf on-line at www.sculptureandtheenemies.com.au.
Enquiries to SCATE@netcall.com.au.
The Blake Prize 2011 Interviews with Gerry King and Nina Oikawa
Read an article by the Rev Dr Rod Pattenden, Chairperson of the Blake


Kalinowski studio has now moved…. After many years of being based in the Cheltenham area, Viktor Kalinowski is now located at Mount Burnett, near Emerald.
Work on your own project at the studio - Viktor will guide students to develop their own designs then support them to create a piece in a medium of choice. Studio equipment available for use during the class. Ongoing throughout the year on Wednesday’s 1pm – 4pm, attendance is on a casual basis, $40.00 per class. Please call or email to book.
Night classes will also be starting soon.
Sculpture from life -This class will focus on skills such as observation of the 3D form, drawing as the beginning of design and building clay fi gures. The group will work with a life model for the first 3 weeks both drawing and working in clay; students are encouraged to express the essence of the fi gure in their own style. In the remaining weeks the group will build on their experience and use their completed fi gures as inspiration to build a sculpture in plaster.
Techniques covered include creating armatures, mould making, and casting.
Beginners are welcome to join this course. The new studio at Mount Burnett is spacious with a warm fire and if weather permits the class may also take place in the gardens.
Dates: October 26th – December 7th [ 7 weeks ]
Time: Wednesday 10am – 12noon
Cost: $185.00 including materials and model fees.
Viktor and Elaine

Overseas TravellersOverseas Travellers Please submit Photographs and a short article on any Sculpture or other worthwhile Art that you see while travelling. (Digital images must be saved as JPEGs of 300 dpi, over 1 MB in size, and be able to be opened in PC format.)

ASV program for period to end December 2011
Please Note: Events for next year are being considered by the Committee
in the light of responses to calls for volunteers

Sculptor Organisations in Other States:
NSW: www.sculptorssociety.com
Queensland: www.sculptorsqld.org.au

Thanks to Sponsors

Sponsors of this Society include:
Dalchem, Ronald Pitcher, trustee of Margaret Gunnersen Thomas Estate, Bulleen Art & Garden, Daniel and Michael Meszaros, Without Pier Gallery, Kooyonga Chapel Winery,
Mary van den Broek and IMG (International Management Group of America Ltd).

Note: although all editorial material is checked thoroughly for accuracy, neither the editors, nor the Society can accept responsibility for information in this publication that may be ambiguous or incorrect.

Lorne Sculpture 2011