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.

Letter from the President for November and December

Dear Members,

The last newsletter for 2012… Where did the year go?  It has been very busy year sculpturally with all our exhibitions to prepare for. Not a great year for sales but that unfortunately is a sign of the times. The exhibitions have all been really grand and given us all something to work towards and an opportunity to display our work..

Dates for Your Diary

Entries close for Herring Island Exhibition - December ‘12 

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival - 19 January to 7 April 2013

ASV Herring Island Exhibition        - 19 January to 3 February 2013

Entries close for MIFGS                       - 22 February 2013

The ASV Christmas Party

Well this isn't a picture from this year’s Christmas party - it’s from the 2007 one. In 2012 participants had so much fun no one took pictures!
Thank you to Gillian for hosting this event and Season’s Greetings to all!

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival

HISAF logo
Herring Island Summer Arts Festival is in full organizing mode and the ASV is again leading the festival.

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 20th to 24th March 2013

Following the great success of this year’s exhibition, I am pleased to inform you that Entry Forms for the ASV MIFGS Sculpture Exhibition 2013 (20-24 March) will soon be available for downloading from the ASV website.

Catching up on News and Opportunities

Don’t miss  

Louise Bourgeois: Late Works

24 November 2012 - 11 March 2013
At Heide Gallery and Sculpture Park

nor the McClelland Gallery Survey and Sculpture Award

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
I wish to share some observations regarding the recent Annual Exhibition and Awards show at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery.

First let me thank the organizers for putting on a professional and strikingly visual show.


Mt Macedon and District Horticultural Society Inc. extends an invitation to you to exhibit at Artanica 2013.
Artanica, a major biennial event, on the weekend of 20 and 21 April 2013, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at ‘Lewisham’ located on Mt Macedon Road, Macedon. Lewisham, with its backdrop of magnificent trees, gardens and lakes, is an ideal site for the exhibition of garden sculpture in all of its various media.

President's Letter for October

Dear Members

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter with my sincere congratulations to all the entries in the 2012 Exhibition and Awards. A great effort. The opening went well and the prizes were duly awarded. Congratulations to all the winners.  My special Thanks go to Beatrice Magalotti and all those who helped. Congratulations.

The October Meeting

The 18 members who attended the October meeting were treated to a fascinating presentation by the Internationally recognized Turkish/Australian sculptor Fatih Samiz.  Fatih came to Australia from Istanbul in 2008 and has been a full time sculptor since then. His work spans a wide range of media from stone, concrete to all types of metal and techniques including sand casting of aluminum.

ASV Annual and Awards Exhibition 2012

2012 Annual Sculpture Exhibition and Awards

Association of Sculptors of Victoria
17 October – 4 November 2012

2012 Winners

Future Opportunities

There is plenty happening in this section - take the time to read through the entire article....

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival - ASV Sculpture Exhibition

19 January to 3 February 2013

Sogetsu at Qdos Gallery

"Drunken Growth"
The ninth annual Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition at Qdos in Lorne is now finished.I’m glad that I managed to get there to see it as it was again a stimulating and inspiring experience.

Walking in to the gallery one gets the feeling that the exhibition as a whole reads well.There is an interesting variety of size, shape and form apparent that is pleasing.

ASV Christmas Party


There is a change of venue and date for the

ASV Christmas party


See below for information on Scholarships and Grants:....

Schmooze - Forum on Public Art and Artists


On  Sunday 7th October along with several members of the association I attended a public forum at the Kingston Art Centre Moorabbin where three prominent figures discussed the place of public works in our history and in their lives.. Monuments, memorials and civic statues are commonly encountered forms of public art created to commemorate a person , an important event historical, architecture or cultural heritage

Members' News and other Interesting Stuff

Again this is a long section - take the trouble to read all of it - there is a lot going on!

Farewell to Audrey Dahlstrom

Audrey was a long term member of the A.S.V. and a dedicated sculptor.
She died on the 6th. October aged 90.
Audrey and Andy had a property at Omeo where most of Audreys major sculptures were constructed.
We send our condolances to all her family, her grandchildren and great grandson Anders. named after her husband Anders (Andy)
She will be remembered and mourned by all who knew her.

Valda Cuming

President's Letter for September


I have just returned from almost 3 weeks in Vietnam. I turned off my iPhone and only checked my emails 3 times…. Bliss. When I returned I opened my emails and realised what busy lives we all lead. There was information about Tesselaar, Our Annual Exhibition and Awards, our involvement in Herring Island Summer Arts Festival and many other exhibitions in which our members are involved. Part of me says “we are too busy” and part says, “How very lucky we are to have the ability, the opportunity and the money to pursue our art.” I met one lady in Vietnam who said, “I am happy I have food” It was a very humbling experience.

Annual and Awards Exhibition 2012

Call out for helpers

October's Meeting

Isometric Trinity in Shanghai - image courtesy Fatih Semiz
October Monthly Meeting On 10th October Fatih Semiz  will talk about his work. When I confirmed the meeting with Fatih he was in Shanghai exhibiting in the Jing’an International Sculpture Project, with 20 other artists from all over the world.  He sent photos of the installation of his work.

September Members’ Meeting

We had better weather for the September meeting but..  as many people apologised as attended. Never-the-less it was a lively time in the comfort of the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Room. Thanks to Jenny Whiteside who brought the tea and coffee box.

Notes from the most recent Committee Meeting

  • The Annual is progressing well . Beatrice sending out invitations. Publicity being carried out by Zoe. But there is a need for a new consolidated list of contacts to be made for next years exhibition. Can anyone help with this please.  Photography will be done by Janice McCarthy

Tesselaar Sculpture Prize

Andrew Kasper's "Tranquility" image Mark Cowie
The fifth annual Tesselaar Sculpture Prize opened on 13th September with the exhibition of sculpture by 25 finalists.  Included in the number of high-profile sculptors are 15 ASV members exhibiting their works in a unique and abundantly colourful landscape (until 9th October).

News and Opportunities

Remember to read all of this section - lots of information in here!


Dear ASV members,
We would like to extend an invitation to exhibit in our new “Sculpture Garden”at this years Art at Burnley Harbour in December  2012. There is the opportunity to display sculpture that is suitable for either indoor and outdoors. We would particularly like to see some larger pieces, to be displayed in the parkland area adjoining the wetlands. (see conditions)

President's Letter for August 2012

Another month has flown. In fact another ASV year.  Our Annual General meeting was held last Wednesday and I applaud all the members who braved the most appalling weather to be there.

Summary of ASV AGM

The ASV Annual General Meeting was held on 15th August and resulted in the reappointment of the committee including:

September and onwards

The meeting will take us back to the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms. The building is entered from the Marquis street car park. The whole committee is undertaking to perform whatever dance is necessary to ensure better weather than for the AGM.

How to log into the new web site

If you have received this newsletter through our notification system - you are already on the website database

Politics and Art

The following letter was published in the Age on Friday 3rd August
From: michael meszaros

Qdos Gallery in Lorne

You get to see great sculpture at Qdos Gallery in Lorne - so I’m always sorry to see their winter break notification. However the gallery and performances will be back on 3rd of September and the fun begins all over again:

Tesselaar Sculpture Prize

Tesselaar Tulip Festival FLOWER POWER

News and Opportunities

This is a long page full of information - so click on the heading and scroll down - plenty to learn here.


July Letter from the President

Gillian Govan
How would you like to be involved in the running of Victoria’s premier sculpture organisation? Sounds grandiose doesn’t it? But as a member, you are part of this association with a great 80 year history in the arts.

The history makes interesting reading as the association has gone through many wonderful and difficult times. Its enthusiastic members have always brought it through. These are challenging times with down turn and uncertainty in the economy and therefore low art sales but we still keep working because we love making sculpture and the association moves on.


We were saddened to hear of the death of Jean Carson Gray.

Deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Jean Carson Gray "Little Bull" shown at the 2007 Annual Exhibition

Jean has been a member of the ASV for many years, was a very talented artist and sculptor and contributed a great deal to us over a long period of time. She started a group called the “Eclectics” by inviting a group of like minded artists to join.

Meetings in July

..... The July meeting was a party ..... with a purpose ...

The 2012 AGM and other Diary Dates

Dates for Your Diary

August Meeting - 15 August - AGM
Complete with discussion on pricing your work and running a business as an artist

September Meeting - 12 September
Tesselaar Sculpture Prize
- 13 September to 9 October

Working with Foundries and Fabricators Overseas

Todd Stuart is a new member with extensive experience working with foundries and fabricators in China and the Middle East. His approach is different to our accustomed way of working and this article should provide food for thought and discussion.
editor's note

I am writing as I thought it would be interesting for some to share a little of my experiences in regards to trading with foundries that produce sculpture in the Far East (China). Why would you want to deal with an international foundry you ask? Perhaps you want to fit your client’s budget constraints, offer larger works for the same cost or simply produce more of your own work with less financial risk. But for most the risk of receiving inferior quality items is too great.

ASV Annual and Awards Exhibition

Yarra Sculpture Space 17 October to 4 November 2012


The two awards sections of the Annual Exhibition were instigated by significant sculptors in the ASV’s history. Read more about the development of the sections, the judging and the prizes in the history of the ASV on our website.

Odd Spot

I was attracted to this article in the ABC online about a sculpture installed for the London Olympics http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-23/london-bus-transformed-into-robotic-sculpture/4147322. Of course ABC copyright is such that I can’t use their image to illustrate the article - fortunately you can also see the work in the artist’s studio on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PG5_bscyE4

News and Opportunities

Free Networking Forum for Artists

Sunday 7th October 2pm-4pm
Monuments, memorials, and civic statues are one of the most commonly encountered forms of public art, created to commemorate a person, important event,  historic architecture or cultural heritage. Join 3 panelists, industrial leaders and experts in the area of public art in Australia and internationally.
 Ken Scarlett, OAM, Peter Corlett and Dean Bowen.  Not to be missed. Booking is essential and places are limited. For more information 9556 4440 or visit   www.kingstonarts.com.au


Shortlisted artists announced for the Mt Buller Sculpture Award 10 Jun 2012

The June Letter from the President


Last weekend I spent at a farm working in a big, cold, damp, windy shed on an experimental sculpture that no one will buy. There has got to be a better way of spending my time I must be going a little doolally as I actually enjoyed myself.

Activities, Photography and other thoughts

Firstly I would like to thank Gordon and his wife Maggie for hosting our last meeting.
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday the 11th of July at the Masonic Hall Rowans Road Moorabbin Melway Ref 77H7

The June Meeting with Benjamin Gilbert

The June meeting of the Sculptors Association Of Victoria was held in Ormond on Wednesday 13th June.

The Annual Exhibition and other Diary Dates

This year the ASV Annual and Awards Exhibition will be held at the

Michael Meszaros OAM

Gillian Govan as President, and myself as President in 2011, have much pleasure in advising of the following inclusion in the General Division of the Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list published 11 June 2012:

More on the PPSR from NAVA and ARTS Law

Nothing like going to the source! Here are three You Tube clips put out by NAVA on the
Personal Properties Securities Register:

News and Interesting Stuff

The Light in Winter

image courtesy Miles Johnson
You may well have missed this great installation at Federation Square. However there is a report still available in the ABC online of a big suspended glass Kangaroo Paw.

Letter from the President - May 2012

Gillian Govan

I have many failings. One of them is that to read the newsletters I print them, then sit comfortably and read them. My second failing is that I hoard and collect so the newsletters get filed away in a white folder. The other evening I was browsing through the folder. Interesting.

June and Onwards

Our June meeting will be held in the warmth and comfort of the home of Gordon Robertson who has kindly offered hospitality for the evening. At 44 Newham Grove Ormond Mel Ref. 68 E8 on Wednesday 13th June at 7.30 pm

The May Meeting

Gillian and Rudi
ASV visit to Rudi Jass’ Studio

On Wednesday May 9th 15 members attended the studio of prominent sculptor Rudi Jass. The feeling that we were going to see something special was created as we entered the gated enclave he shares with two other businesses, to be greeted by some spectacular examples of Rudi’s art at the entrance of his studio, in Bayswater North.

ASV News and Events

This year the ASV Annual and Awards Exhibition will be held at the
Yarra Sculpture Space
located at 117 Vere Street, Abbotsford
The dates for the exhibition will be
17 October – 4 November 2012

If you would like to be part of the organising committee now is the time. Any small part would be greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

NAVA, ArtsLaw and the PPSR

Only eight people attended a presentation by the Australian Government Solicitor and Arts Law on the Personal Property Securities Register.

Announcement of the 2012 Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition Award Winners

The $10,000 (non acquisitive) award judged by Phillip Doggett-Williams - artist and arts educator was presented at the Opening Event last Friday night that was formally opened by Andrea Coote MLC. Two hundred+ artists, traders, sponsors, councillors, residents and special guests attended the TOK H Centre for the announcements.

Jindevick Sculpture Exhibition

We heard of the Jindevick Sculpture Event from member Laurie Collins.

The Couple

Jindivick Sculpture Exhibition categories won by an International sculptor, a Modella man and a Jindivick teacher

News, Snippets and Opportunities

for we are young & free Toyota Community Spirit Gallery - Calling For Entries

An inclusive exhibition exploring contemporary Australian life by artists living with or without disability, or social or cultural disadvantage

Letter from the President - April 2012

Gillian Govan
NETWORKING: In the Oxford Dictionary: A group of people who exchange information and contacts for professional and social purposes: a support network. This has become a real buzzword in recent years and applies so well to the Association of Sculptors.

ASV at Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2012

Morning at MIFGS
This year’s ASV MIFGS Sculpture Exhibition was again located at the Central Boulevard in the Carlton Gardens, which is proving to be a high-profile site to exhibit three-dimensional works.

News and Opportunities Outside the ASV

A mass email was sent out earlier in April notifying members of an expression of Interest process for a project in Banyule Council: The Greensborough Walk Public Art Commission.

Report on the April Meeting

The last meeting was held at the Armadale Meeting Rooms, 2 Fulton Street Armadale. The evening had to be changed at short notice to the Thursday - the Wednesday evenings being booked out totally. We had some video material and discussion on kinetic sculpture - it was fun - but only 8 people turned up.

Future Meetings

Coming up in May

Gillian has confirmed with Ben Fasham that we can take a small group to the factory. I think the earlier the better as they have a big piece that they are moving to Canberra the second week. Due to OH&S safety issues we are unable to visit Fashams in Clayton during our usual evening meeting time but we could make up a small party during the day.

Welcome to New Members

Recently we have welcomed Amy Cohen, Balwyn, Jennifer Coles, Maldon, Ben Fasham, Clayton South, Jo Moulton, Bairnsdale, Scott Murrells, Ashburton, Pat OÇonnell, Clifton Springs, Kay Steventon, Eltham, Todd Lyndon Stuart, Bayswater, Denise Lynch, Bacchus Marsh, Cetta Pilati, Alphington, Fatih Semiz, Brighton, Tas Wansbrough, Ballarat, Aleida Wright, Park Orchards, Mark Doran, Mt Eliza, Diane Thompson, Castlemaine.

NAVA and Arts Law News

PPSR information:

Seminar - The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 and how it affects artists
The Arts Law Centre is partnering with the Australian Government Solicitor to present a free seminar in Melbourne on the Personal Property Securities Act and the Personal Property Security Register which enables people to register their interest in personal property.

ASV Library

Since “volunteering” to manage the ASV library Marija has had a few extra things to cope with. However we would like to keep the concept alive in members’ minds. So stand by for information about:
  • accessing books
  • donating books
  • returning books
  • hints for books you would like to see in the library....
and if you would like to help.... contact our president!

Collingwood Expression of Interest

A home for the ASV? A studio for you?
Yarra Council is asking for expressions of interest for two buildings in Collingwood. Ultimately three buildings will be open to offers - 152A Hoddle Street, 117 Vere Street Collingwood and 119 Vere Street Collingwood. Check http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/services/Arts/eoi-for-collingwood-buildings/
117 Vere Street is the current Yarra Sculpture Space and abode of the Contemporary Sculptors Association.
At this stage there isn’t a committee member with a specific portfolio to investigate this. In the mean time there is no reason why individual members should not put in a word for themselves and their needs.
Submissions close on Friday 11th May

Help! Wanted! Needed!

The newsletter needs helpers: we have been reducing the work load by splitting off little bits - specifically the mail out. This is no longer a huge task as it involves printing fewer than 40 newsletters and posting them to a list provided to you. You can either print sticky labels yourself or we’ll find someone else to do it. The treasurer reimburses all costs. If you think you can help please contact newsletter@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au

Letter from the President

Gillian Govan
This has been an interesting month for the committee. We are now without a newsletter editor but Jenny Rickards has offered to step in and as you will see has done a sterling job at short notice. Also this month we have all been striving to get the new website launched. It is now well on the way and will be launched vey soon.

The March Meeting

Bayside Sculpture Gallery

On the 14th March the ASV monthly meeting was held at Bayside Sculpture, courtesy of sculptor and owner Gael O’Leary, and well attended by 23 members, thanks to the good work of Gillian Govan the President.

The April Meeting: 12th April at 7:30pm

Please note the change of day and date!

Thursday 12th April at 7:30pm
The Venue: Armadale Meeting Rooms; 2 Fulton St, Armadale
Melway Reference: Map 58 J7

This is a new venue - Jenny and Gillian checked it out - it is tucked in near a U3A centre and seems seems fairly central - if anything can ever satisfy our widespread membership; it has heating and cooling, a kitchen, tables and chairs, a whiteboard and projection screen - luxury!


Mark Cowie has done an amazing job with MIFGS. It is possibly due to his enthusiasm that so many outside sculptors are showing work with us - and congratulations to all the sculptors who rose to the challenge of the grand Central Boulevarde of the Carlton Gardens.

Notes from the ASV Committee Meetings

Wednesday, 5 October 2011.

John Ride tabled cash disbursements, P&L, Balance Sheet

Opportunities Outside the ASV

This section is for members to share any information that may come up - this one came to us through Gillian Govan:

Scope Art Award

Scope Gallery in Warrnambool is introducing an Art Award- Art Concerning Environment, which will highlight environmental issues and concepts. Warrnambool lies at the end of the Great Ocean Road in South West Victoria.

NAVA notes

NAVA has a fairly hefty program of professional development ideas. The most recent email that came out was about online promotion:

News Outside the ASV


On Sunday 4th March, a few hundred interested people gathered at the Patterson Road Station in Bentleigh, to witness the Official Opening of 150 square metres of mosaics on the walls of the underpass and the entrance to the station. (750 artists provided the works).

Sculpere February 2012

Jan Indrans's Suburban Relic. Photography Jan Indrans
Our cover features Jan Indrans's Suburban Relic.

President's Letter February 2012

Gillian Govan ASV President
This is my first letter to you as president. In fact it is my first time as a president. I have wondered why I am doing it but when there is a need it is difficult to say no.

Life is full of firsts…and if we didn’t take those first steps we would never achieve anything.


14th March Monthly ASV Meeting at Bayside Sculpture Studio.
Gael O’Leary has kindly agreed to open her studio and gallery for the ASV meeting. Bayside Sculpture was established to provide opportunities for emerging sculptors, particularly women, to further their artistic development, to create commissioned work,religious and other, of high standard and aesthetic quality and to offer opportunities for artists particularly sculptors to exhibit their work.

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2012 - until 1 April

Sculpture on the Stream
14th to 29th January
Gillian Govan enjoying the Festival
The Association of Sculptors exhibition again lead the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival. We hosted a suitable launch for the 2012 Festival MC’d by Gillian Govan in her first formal role as ASV president.

The ASV Meeting of 15th February 2012

The first meeting of the year was in a new location – the Masonic Hall Rowans Road Moorabbin. Sixteen sculptors found the place and enjoyed a great evening. The proceedings were a reminder that our greatest resource is our fellow members – the diversity of ideas, skills, tools and approaches to sculpture is a revelation and an inspiration.

Interview with Sculptor, Jan Indrans by Zoe Harrington

Inside Jan’s Studio with works in progress

Exhibition Opportunities and Notices from Outside ASV

 The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition.
This highly respected juried contest now in its 27th year is a great opportunity for juror-selected artists to advance their careers and to maximize exposure to collectors and the New York art scene.

Members News and Thanks

Above: ‘Foetus’ by Michael Mezaros, copper rod (45cm high
x 56cm wide x 51 cm deep) 2005, worked on together with
his daughter Kate, who brazed it all together. The idea came
from the indistinct images of our babies using ultrasound.
The imagination generated by the imperfect image.

Vision in Motion, Homage to Hungary
Works by Istvan Horkay, Andrew Mezei, Michael Meszaros and Istvan Orosz. This is an exhibition of works by artists who are either resident Hungarians or of direct Hungarian origin (Mezei and Meszaros).



Two Mud Men by Lisa Toft
ASV exhibition closes January 29, 2012

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2012
Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

Applications Close: Friday, 24 February 2012


Due to the fact that our previous meeting rooms are being renovated we are now without a home. However as Ex- Activities Coordinator (!!!!) I have organised a room at the Moorabbin Masonic Hall, Rowans Road, Moorabbin Mel Ref. Map77 G7 on the 3rd Wednesday 15th February.

This will not be permanent but will give a bit of time to find a new venue we can call home. If anyone has any contact or ideas please contact me or Jenny Rickards.

This does however give a great opportunity for some of our new Bayside members to come along and meet some of their fellow sculptors. It would also be great to see some of our longstanding members who have been unable to come for a while due to the distance to travel. I also hope this will not deter members living near our previous meeting rooms from joining us. I have not organised a speaker but being the first meeting we can just socialise. Please bring some work to talk about, some handy hints or interesting photos articles or books. These evenings have been a great success in the past and good fun.

I would also be pleased for any suggestions re: Speakers demonstrations or outings for the coming year

Happy New Year to You all…. Gillian Govan..ex-Activities coordinator – 0412 122 884


The next ASV Committee Meeting shall be Wednesday evening 8 February 2012.



We are starting up an art gallery and sculpture park just outside Daylesford in March 2012 and were wanting to know if you have any of your members who wanted to display their works. Our Gallery Sculpture park and Café is set in the grounds of an 1861 primary school in Glenlyon. The grounds offer beautiful 100 year old elm trees and gardens as well as the original school building. Glenlyon is 8km from Daylesford and 12 km from Piper Street Kyneton, it is a small vibrant country town with a general store and the soon to be Old School Gallery & Café, we will also be a licensed premises. Enquiries to hello@2cool4school.com.au


EXHIBITION UPDATE: The 1st prize for this year has just been approved by our TVTA committee: 1st PRIZE will be $10,000; Entry closes 1st February 2012



Please submit digital images saved as JPEGs of 300 dpi, over 1 MB in size, and able to be opened in PC format.

Member News


Congratulations to Betty Collier for a medal and 5th place in a field of 145 sculptors: see her name in the role of sculpture winners at www.florencebiennale.org/en/epremiati11.php
Beyond the Bend: Pilbara Jade on Granite

WEB SITE LINKS from Jenny Rickards and Ingrid Flood

A ninth annual exhibition of ice sculptures, with a circus theme, in the Northern German city of Roevershagen. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-21/a-circus-of-ice/3741792

Exhibition of contemporary art and culture in China: near Guilin: sculpture park opened in 2006. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/late-night-live-summer-china-2-sculpture-park/3655804

RAVEN RAVEN is a magnificent replica wooden ship, constructed in Bushfield, near Warrnambool in South Western Victoria: www.madeiraship.com/ship