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 Letter for November and December

Hi All,

Welcome to the November / December newsletter like all of us Jenny is busy so a combined newsletter is coming your way. Even so it contains all you need to know about coming exhibitions and events and so much more.

I have recently spent an interesting enjoyable weekend in Hobart. The main purpose was to visit MONA (Museum of New and Modern Art). What an experience!

Dates for your Diary

ASV meetings are being held in the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms, enter from the Marquis Street carpark Melway 60D9
  • Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2014 - our exhibition will be 11th January to 27th January - exhibitors should note that due to construction work on Como landing the early drop off on 21st December will leave from the Burnley office of Parks Victoria.

  • 12th February 2014 - first monthly meeting for the year? or we may be visiting Andrew Bryant’s studio - watch for more information

  • 26 to 30 March 2014 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.Working on such a large exhibition is quite a team effort - Mark has agreed to help guide the show and there is already a team of helpers to put this together - but if you can help in some way - great or small - get in touch with Mark on asv_mifgs@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au

Upcoming ASV Exhibitions

 Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 11 to 27 January 2014
Planning is in hand for the festival and our exhibition which runs from11th January to 27th January 2014. Entries are flowing in - and the show is looking good. Invitations will go out shortly. There's information on the festival website too - www.herringislandfestival.org.au

Letter from a Member

I joined ASV in January 2013 and have been mightily impressed by the collective talent amongst members coupled with the diverse range of styles and media in the exhibited works. My first ASV exhibition as a participant was at the Kinross Arts Centre and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience: no sales but heaps of positive feedback and I enjoyed spending time chatting with the exhibition curator, Monica Mauer Jan, and our hard-working President, Gillian Govan.


The ASV website lists about 190 people as ASV members. Of these about 80 have paid their membership subscription for this year. Another 40 paid for 2012-2013 but have not so far paid for 2013-2014.

Tweets, Alerts and Members' News

News snippets come in all forms and here you can find a random collection of things that sculptors might find interesting

President's Message for October

Hi All,

Wow! Another year almost gone. I hope it has been great for all our members. Have you won a prize? Have you sold a Sculpture? Have you entered exhibitions? Most importantly have you had a great year making sculpture and really enjoying the journey as well as the result? This year we are having an early Christmas party at the home of Carmel Ritchie in Eltham. I see some members at our monthly meetings and others at exhibitions and some even socially but I would really enjoy the opportunity to meet more members and hear about what the year has held for you. Please join us for a relaxing BBQ lunch and a jolly chat with other sculptors about sculpture (or anything else). I love a good chat. For those who can’t make it I wish you a happy Christmas and a productive creative New Year.

Gillian Govan President

ASV Diary Dates

ASV meetings are being held in the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms, enter from the Marquis Street carpark Melway 60D9
  • 24th November - the Xmas party see the article on this page
  • Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2014 - our exhibition will be 11th January to 27th January - early I know so check the article for ways to exhibit without letting the side down or having family feuds.
  • 12th February 2014 - first monthly meeting for the year? or we may be visiting Andrew Bryant’s studio - watch for more information
  • 26 to 30 March 2014 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Working on such a large exhibition is quite a team effort - Mark has agreed to help guide the show and there is already a team of helpers to put this together - but if you can help in some way - great or small - get in touch with Mark on asv_mifgs@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au

The October Meeting

Notes (very rough notes) from the ASV meeting of 09 October 2013 7:51 PM onwards

The ASV Christmas Party

Carmel Ritchie is happy to have the xmas party. Sooooo the details are: 7 Lamorna Crt Eltham 3095 It is in the centre of Eltham town on a hill, not too difficult to find. Please bring meat etc. and drinks and sweets to share. Sunday 24th November @12 MD Please RSVP to Carmel on 0414 996 207 or carmel011@bigpond.com. Desserts and salads would be appreciated. Thanks to Carmel for opening her home. Lets have a fun pre Christmas party with fellow sculptors in a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
Gillian Govan

ASV Exhibitions

Read on for upcoming ASV exhibitions - and get your work ready for each of them..... 

Bronze Casting Workshop

Toorak Village Sculpture 2014

Hi everyone,
we are inviting you to send in an entry to the 2014 Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition.

Also, because the Sculpture Exhibition has been so successful - with some sales happening after the show has finished - it is again extended to 6 and a bit weeks from 1st May to 15th June 2014.

After Black Saturday

We received an email from Matt Parsons whose home was destroyed in the Black Saturday Fires of 2009:

Dear ASV,

I have many items that I recovered from my house that burnt down on Black Saturday. These things are just sitting in my house and garage and now I feel that I would like to turn them into something new and interesting and meaningful. Would it be possible to commission someone at ASV to perhaps make something from the items recovered ?

I have what’s left of a piano; the wheels a string, the mechanism for the piano stool, some crockery, some fused marbles, some work tools, door knobs, burnt coins, the mirror from the telescope etc…

It would be great to turn these things into something that can be an object of interest instead of just sitting in the garage collecting more dust…

Sculptors interested in working with Matt can contact him on  mparsons@phosphagenics.com
I would suggest that you get in touch before 15th November - to give him a chance to make a selection.
Good luck


The Landfillart Project

Ricardo Alves-Ferreira forwarded us this email:

In August of 2008 I started an artist based reclamation project. As a result of this initial effort we now have the largest artist initiative ever achieved. Over 1,000 artists, comprising all 50 states and 53 countries, are working on The Landfillart Project.

Tweets and Alerts

Tweets and Alerts


Here is a random selection of news items that come across my computer.

From Bulleen Art and Garden

Bolin and the Yarra - Connecting with nature 11 October to 5 November

This exhibition of sculpture, ceramic and botanical art was inspired by Bulleen Art & Garden’s magic location right next to the Yarra River - an island of indigenous bushland in the middle of suburban Melbourne. This area also has a rich cultural heritage, particularly the importance of the Bolin Bolin Billabong and precinct as an important annual Wurrundjeri meeting place.

More images and information at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=1405

President's Letter for September

Gillian Govan

Hi All,

Another month and another month without producing any art work so this time a very brief message. Brief though it is written with sincerity. Sincere as I have some special thanks.

Dates for your Diary

ASV meetings are being held in the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms, enter from the Marquis Street carpark Melway 60D9
  • Tesselaar Sculpture Prize - 13th September to 9th October
  • Monthly meeting 9th October in the Ashburton Meeting Rooms, Mary McMahon has suggested a video clip - see the article for more information
  • Monthly meeting in November - what will it be? perhaps the Xmas party?
  • 22 December "Santa" drop off at Herring Island
  • Herring Island Summer Arts Festival - our exhibition will be 11th January to 27th January - early I know so check the article for ways to exhibit without letting the side down or having family feuds.

The September Meeting

Jenny Whiteside demonstrating her tools
Jenny Whiteside commenced her talk with a bit of background about her first piece, carved from Australian Serpentine that she has retained as a yardstick of her achievements and for sentimental reasons. Having made this first work she had a complete change of direction and has never looked back and is very passionate about what she does.

The October meeting and onwards....

Mary McMahon has stepped up again for October offering to show a short video and briefly discuss the work of Nek Chand and his sculpture garden in India. Internet connections willing we will also check in on Bruno’s Garden in Marysville. Showing movie clips from the Internet is a good way to start discussion in a meeting - if anyone else has suggestions they can be added in. The idea of getting more information and possibly a visit from a 3D scanning, modelling and printing company excited a lot of interest when it was discussed in the September meeting - so we are pursuing the idea... keep in touch on that one. Our plans include a Christmas party.

Kinross Art Centre Exhibition

"Isis" by Rachel Boymal

Kinross Arts Centre Exhibition was opened from 31 August to the 15th September.

Tesselaar Sculpture Prize

Andrew Bryant "Hybrid"
The outstanding visual delight of looking at the many rows of very colourful tulips rippling across the fields is a challenging context in which to place contemporary sculpture.

Upcoming ASV Exhibitions

Here is where you find out your next exhibition opportunities - don't miss out!

News Outside the ASV

 In this post you'll find news from Sculpture by the Sea, Lorne Sculpture Biennial, Melbourne Museum, Creative Partnerships Australia, Bolin Bolin Gallery, Southern Way and McClelland Commission and a rumour about an Inge King exhibition.

Michael Meszaros sculpture installed at Melbourne University plus an opportunity

Michael's work at the University of Melbourne
Michael Meszaros has sent us a photo of his University of Melbourne Medical School work.

It symbolises the developing knowledge of the human body and our ability to look into it. It is 2.3 metres high, bronze, unveiled 12th August.

The News from Ballarat

It is disappointing to note that the call for artists at Miners Rest involves the submission of designs prior to appointment or payment of artists. An odd omission from a sculptor.


Unicorn Lane Gallery 1st Anniversary Celebration A Blessing

Google Alerts for September

We've received a few items for September - so enjoy!

President’s letter for August

Hi all fellow sculptors, members and friends..
I am back unopposed as president as are most of the previous committee members and while I am happy to work with this great group of people it was disappointing that there were no other nominations. So the same people are again doing the committee work.

I would like to thank retiring members Suzanne Kaldor and Monica Mauer for their help and support and Robert Kendi who has come on board as Membership secretary and Pat O’Connell who is helping with distribution of the newsletter.
The numbers of members at the Annual General meeting was also disappointing especially as we had such an interesting, inspiring speaker in Damien Vick.

August Meeting - talk and AGM

Prominent Melbourne sculptor Damien Vick was the featured guest at the August 14 meeting and AGM of the ASV.

September Meeting

Rosa Tato has through her community art project gained an understanding of the essence of human experience. Her "Embracing Distance " sculptured panels reflect the cultural diversity and personal mementos and histories of some of the residents in a public housing tower in North Melbourne who have resettled I Melbourne from 16 different countries including Somalia Egypt Sudan, China, Vietnam and Spain.
We are most fortunate that Rosa has agreed to talk to us about this project. Thanks to one of our members Mary McMahon for setting this up for us. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 11th September 7:30pm at Ashburton.

ASV Exhibitions

Plan ahead they say - so here is the next few months' work all set out for you..... ready, set, go!

Exhibitions to see...

The Contemporary Art Society and Heide MOMA are cooking up a storm for you..

Member’s Exhibition

Mildura Palimpsest #9 4 -7 October 2013

Mildura Palimpsest is a biennial visual arts event that invites artists to engage with the cultural and
natural environment of the Mildura and Murray Darling region. Mildura Palimpsest is dedicated to high quality, critically engaged contemporary art in all forms. We aim to provide opportunities for real dialogue between local, national and international artists, and across disciplines. Mildura Palimpsest #9 will be held October 4-7, 2013.

Workshops and Opportunities and Pozible

Sainsbury Sculpture Grant, Copyright article, Alistair Whyte workshop with Ceramics Victoria, 3D Artwork Photography workshop ... read on....

Google Alerts for August

Google alerts service has provided an interesting crop of news items this month......

President's Letter for July

As we draw near to the end of another sculpture year and the Annual General Meeting approaches I ask all members to think about what you can do for the association. It doesn’t matter how small. I am delighted that Robert Kendi has come on board as membership secretary and that Pat O’Connor is helping Jenny with the news letter but it still seems to be left to the same few to manage the general running and administration of the association. Please put up your hands to help lighten the load of the committee and exhibition coordinators and share their workload. Most are trying to juggle family and full time jobs so could do with a hand. Do you know anything about publicity, advertising, computers websites or just putting letters in envelopes? Please contact me or any of the other committee. Please join us at the AGM to hear what our plans are for the future and to listen to what will be a most interesting talk by one of our members Damien Vick. See you there.
Gillian Govan President


Dates for your Diary

ASV meetings are being held in the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms

enter from the Marquis Street carpark Melway 60D9

14th August - AGM plus a talk by Damian Vick on his work

Kinross Art Centre exhibition - 31st August to 15th September

Tesselaar Sculpture Prize - 13th September to 9th October

The July Meeting

On Wednesday June 12th 11 members braved the cold to meet at Ashburton. It was an enjoyable evening spent in good company. Gillian started the meeting by outlining items discussed at the committee meeting the previous week. A summary of which will follow.

Notes from the Committee Meeting

Minutes taken by Geoff Williams

Matters arising from the previous meeting were discussed and correspondence read. Treasurer’s reports were read these can be made available to any members on request. It was confirmed that due to lack of suitable venue the Annual Exhibition and Awards is cancelled this year but will be held in 120 Collins Street in 2014.

Members' News

This month we've heard from Eddie Roberts, Bronwyn Culshaw and Beatrice Magalotti - see what they've been doing as you read more....

Opportunities and other news

 This section is long and contains lots of opportunities  and news from outside the ASV (including internationally) - it is well worth going right through so read on.....

Google Alerts

A few of you probably have Google Alerts out for your own name - quite a buzz when mine came up for the first time ever! So here is this month's collection - checking sculpture in Australia:

Presidents Message for June

Hi All,
Like the newsletter my message will be short this month as I have just, today, returned from overseas.  If this all seems a bit jet lagged… it is. Holidays are taken for many reasons. Top of the list is for a rest.

The June Meeting

The evening of 12 June was cold and raining.In spite of this 17 of us turned up at the Ashburton Uniting Church Meeting Rooms, Mary van den Broek gave us a slide show and talk mainly about the ISC

Kinross Arts Centre Exhibition

A reminder that applications close on Friday 5 July!! The Information and entry form is available on the ASV website at http://sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/images/uploads/newsletters/Kinross_Arts_Centre_ASV_Exhibition_2013.pdf or you can enter online a http://sculperenewsletter.blogspot.com.au/p/loading.html

Sitting hourswill be 10 am to 3pm Tuesday to Sunday, so please make sure you indicate your availability as the exhibition won’t be possible without everybody’s help. Any questions please call Monica on 0412 349 825

Members' News

Member's Exhibition
I am  very pleased  to announce my solo exhibition will be held at Red Gallery

News and Opportunities

There are at least ten items in this section, so there's something for everyone - read on!

Letter from the Presidential Team

Gillian is away on a well earned break and taking some spiritual renewal from the Canadian Rockies. The report is that the awesome mountains are putting life into real perspective. So we can expect some fresh fire of creativity when our president returns.

In the mean time, back at the ranch as it were, our vice president Michael Meszaros has been holding the fort and here is the news from the organising end of the ASV:

Dates for Your Diary

ASV meetings are being held in the
Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms
enter from the Marquis Street carpark Melway 60D9
12th June Mary van den Broek will talk about the ISC Sculpture Symposium in Auckland

10th July "Show and Tell" sculptors are invited to bring images of work in progress, sketches, small works or anything else of interest.

The May Meeting

The May 8th Sculptors Association meeting had a special purpose to vote on the proposal by Jenny Rickards to recognize Valda Cuming as an Honorary Life Member of the ASV. President Gillian Govan spoke in favour of the proposal and said " Valda joined the ASV sometime in the latter 1980’s – it was after the 1985 retrospective – she didn’t exhibit there, but since joining she has exhibited at every Annual, MIFGS and Herring Island exhibition that was put on – a great contributor! Valda has won the Margaret Gunnersen William Hoggan Thomas Award – most recently in 2010. Apart from the ASV Valda has been a mainstay of the Beaumaris Art Group, the MSWPS and a member of the Eclectics exhibiting group. Valda served as President of the ASV in 1992-3 and was on the committee until 2002. Anyone who has sat an exhibition with Valda will know that she is unfailingly generous as well as charming, intelligent and talented. "

Members were invited to vote on the proposal which was then passed unanimously, and were then thanked for their recognition by Valda.

Contraction Cetta Pilati

The meeting then welcomed the presentation by Cetta Pilati, who has an established reputation as a marble mosaic artist. Cetta completed her B.A. in Fine Art at RMIT in 1992, creating sculptures from wood, glass and steel. She produced her first major work "Contraction" which was displayed long-term at RMIT and in turn satisfied her mother’s disapproval of commencing her art journey. Cetta lost her mother last August who was and still is a strong influence in her work.

ASV & Kinross Arts Centre – Special Exhibition

Entry forms and conditions of entry have been finally posted, so hopefully you should all be thinking hard about the pieces you would like to exhibit at Kinross. The Information and entry form is available on the ASV website at http://sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/images/uploads/newsletters/Kinross_Arts_Centre_ASV_Exhibition_2013.pdf or you can enter online at http://sculperenewsletter.blogspot.com.au/p/loading.html

Kinross Arts Centre does not have any stands on site, so every accepted sculpture will have to be submitted with a clean, stable and freshly painted white stand.

Sitting hours will be from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, so make sure you indicate your availability as this is a condition to participate in this exhibition.
Don’t forget that applications close on Friday 5 July!!!

Monica Mauer Coordinator

Members' News

Here we've news from Candy Stevens, Geo Francis of Moongate Studios, Lawrence Marshall and Eddie Roberts

Opportunities and News

In this section:
  • A link to an article on the evils of free pitches,
  • A link to Arts Law on prizes rated for compliance to artists' moral rights,
  • Aesthetica International Art Prize,
  • Don't miss the CAS Brooch Show,
  • McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park and Southern Way
  • Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition

President's Letter for April 2013


Are you an introvert or an extrovert? It doesn’t matter really if you are an artist. I have had some very interesting experiences this month learning about communication through art. Art can be a communicator on two levels firstly through the art itself and secondly through the people we meet and converse with about our art or the art of others,

Dates for your Diary

ASV meetings are being held in the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms - enter from the Marquis Street carpark Melway 60D9
Concetta's work at MIFGS 2013
8th May Concetta Pilati will talk about her work and we vote on elevating Valda Cuming to Honorary Life Membership:
Members are invited to vote on the motion to recognise Valda Cuming as an Honorary Life Member of the ASV. So please, please can people attend and vote at the meeting on 8th May 2013. Proxies and postal votes can be sent to the secretary:
John Bishop

More on MIFGS 2013

Mark Cowie "Curatorial Planking"

Organizing the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is a matter involving skill,  
planning, multi-tasking and diplomacy. Mark Cowie also displays a bit of artistic flair and a sense of humour - so here are some visual comments on the recent exhibition.

Kinross House Exhibition

The ASV has a fantastic opportunity for an indoor exhibition at Kinross House Gallery in September 2013.

Kinross House is an arts centre featuring a gallery, a fabulous café and lovely gardens located on Toorak Road at the rear of Toorak Uniting Church.

CAS Brooch Show

Don’t miss the CAS Brooch Show
FITZROY: 2 May - 29 June Fitzroy Library, 128 Moor Street, Fitzroy hours: Mon: 10am - 6pm. Tue & Wed: 1pm - 8pm Thur: 10am - 6pm. Fri: 1pm - 6pm. Sat: 10am - 4pm Sun: 2pm - 5pm.
SOUTH YARRA: 2 July - 30 August Toorak - South Yarra Library, 340 Toorak Road, South Yarra hours: Mon - Thur: 10am - 8pm. Fri: 10am - 6pm. Sat: 10am - 5pm. Sun: 2pm - 5pm.

2014 Palmer Sculpture Biennial

When considering this bear in mind that MIFGS 2014 will be 26 to 30 March.

Here are the dates

The 2014 Palmer Sculpture Biennial is under a year away now. Opening Day will be Saturday March 8th and the last day will be Sunday 23rd. Works will be installed on the 6th and 7th. Interest in the event is coming from sculptors in all of the Eastern states. As momentum begins for an event which has gained a reputation around the quality of sculpture exhibited we thought it was time for a Newsletter.

Opportunities and Notices

McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park and Southern Way are offering a $250,000 commission and Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2013 is open for entries
There was a talk regarding Melbourne Monuments Thursday 2nd May and there will be a photography workshop next Saturday 11th May.

Member's News

In this story there is news from
Janice McCarthy and Anne Anderson
Paul Smits
Rudi Jass
Mary van den Broek
Damian Vick
Jenny Rickards
and Laurie Collins

Reports from the Recent Committee Meeting

Items approved at the recent committee meeting....
  • Treasurer report - Healthy balance after MIFGS
  • Annual-Move forward with proposals for City Venues for Annual 2014 
  • Website Strategy worked out to recover Website to previous state, finalise work proposed to complete and make report and look into compensation from the provider
  • Honorary member Proceed with nomination for Valda
  • Exhibition Proceed with Exhibition at Kinross house to be coordinated by Monica
for more information contact the secretary John Bishop

Another Copyright Issue

There’s an interesting article in the Art Newspaper concerning a copyright issue between an Italian sculptor and a Chinese sculpture construction company.


The article is worth the read - but it appears that the copy is a very good quality one - it’s just that the design would appear to have been stolen.

The Art Commission Launches International Awards Competition

This article is an International notice and less likely to be useful - but members have been taking up some serious challenges - so here is a big one for you:

President's Letter for March 2013

Gillian Govan
I hope you have all had an enjoyable Easter break. I felt very uplifted by the wonderful results of the International Flower and Garden Show. This was ably coordinated and run by Mark Cowie who we must all agree did wonderful job. The variety of work and the standard was outstanding which resulted in wonderful sales. Thanks to all the entrants for your participation, those who demonstrated and all who were on the roster . I am sure your efforts have raised the profile of the Association of Sculptors.

Dates for your Diary

ASV meetings are being held in the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms - enter from the Marquis Street carpark
Concetta Pilati's work at MIFGS 2013
No meeting in April

8th May Concetta Pilati will talk about her work

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2013

ASV MIFGS Sculpture Exhibition 2013 (20-24 March)

First we have the judge's comments and images of the winning works and then a letter from Mark Cowie Curator - to the exhibitors.

The judge, John Wooller had a pretty tough job selecting prizes - and here are his comments:

I would like to congratulate The Association of Sculptors of Victoria for, once again, mounting an exhibition of sculpture of great variety of forms, materials, techniques and aesthetics. I think there are very few aspects of sculpture that are not exhibited here, which reflects not only the true nature of sculpture but the diversity of sculptors within the Association.

From the March Meeting

Dean Bowen with president Gillian Govan and secretary John Bishop

Another very successful monthly meeting was held on March 13th well attended by members who were greatly entertained and impressed with the presentation by accomplished Melbourne artist Dean Bowen.

Honorary Life Membership Proposal

The procedure for creating an honorary life membership in the ASV follows these phases:

• the proposal is put to the committee,
• once accepted it is put to the members who vote in a general meeting,
• the life membership is effective from the next membership cycle (generally the financial year) and the medallion is presented at the next annual exhibition.

I am honoured to propose Valda Cuming as an honorary life member of the Association of Sculptors of Victoria.

Mount Buller Sculpture Award

We know that Louis Pratt won the inaugural Mount Buller Sculpture Award with his work "Voyeur" - thanks to Rudi Jass we now have images of the work:


Opportunities - Exhibitions and Workshop

  • Sculpture by the Sea - Bondi 2013 call for Submissions
  • CAS Brooch Show
  • Jindevick Sculpture Show
  • Photography Workshop for 3D artists

Public Art Opportunities, Old Treasury Building Office Tower, Perth WA

The short version if you are interested is:

For the brief & details of various projects contact Beth Campbell (08)9226 2799 email beth@form.net.au. Submissions close 11th April - so be quick!
Or to see the email that arrived click here.

What didn't make the print version

When we produce the print version of Sculpere Newsletter we can have multiples of four A4 pages so often there is news that doesn't make the cut but is quite worth a read - so here is:

  • a video clip of a talk with Paul Keating
  • announcement of an exhibition and art prize in Ballarat
  • some news about Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe
  • more about art experiences in Thailand
  • notice of Esther Goldberg in exhibition at White Hill Gallery

President's Letter for February 2013

Hi All.

Oh dear! Another challenging month for the Association. Still no venue for our Annual Exhibition and a website that crashed on us. Despite this Mark Cowie is on track for another great exhibition at the International Flower and Garden Show. I would like to wish all the entrants success and enjoyment but please remember it doesn’t just happen. I am sure Mark would be happy for offers of help particularly in sitting the rosters. For those who did it last year I am sure you will agree it was a worthwhile experience and an opportunity to promote your work and meet fellow sculptors.

Diary Dates

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival - 19 January to 7 April 2013
MIFGS Exhibition   - 20 to 24 March

ASV meetings are being held in the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms - enter from the Marquis Street carpark
13th March
Dean Bowen will talk about his work...... see more here

No meeting in April

8th May
Concetta Pilati will talk about her work

ASV MIFGS Sculpture Exhibition 2013

20-24 March 2013

There are times when a website crash is a nuisance and times when it is just a total disaster. Imagine how Mark Cowie felt as the website went AWOL just as entries closed for MIFGS 2013 - not nice. If you can help Mark with the exhibiiton or Kevin Free with demonstrations please contact
Mark Cowie Curator
ASV MIFGS Sculpture Exhibition 2013
0429 336 639

From our February Meeting

The February Meeting was held on Wednesday 13th at the Baptist Hall in Ashburton. It was well attended with one visitor Jennifer Jeffrey and a new member Glenys McKenna, a limestone sculptor student of Jenny Whiteside. 

March Meeting - 13th March 2013

On 13th March at 7.30pm Dean Bowen will talk to us about this journey in painting ,printmaking and sculpture. His bronze sculptures are represented in many public and private collections.. His idiosyncratic sculptures combine humour and gentle irony but these proficiently cast works have helped him explore the world around him.

Report on Herring Island Summer Arts Festival Sculpture Exhibition 2013

The ASV had a smaller exhibition this year – 38 works from 23 sculptors made it to the island. This compares with 26 sculptors and 42 works in 2012. The quality of work was high as usual and the work was well received by our visitors. Demonstrations by Christopher Taylor, John Bishop, Gillian Govan and Jenny Rickards were also well received. There is a slide show of images on our news website sculperenewsletter.blogspot.com.au

Summary of ASV Executive Meeting.

Correspondence was read and reports given on

1. Herring Island a special thank you recorded for Andrew Bryant assistance

2.Progress with MIFGS

Article from Mark Henry

I am a second generation artist, dad was a painter.

My focus on sculpture began in 1975 during my initial 5 years fine art training; when I majored in sculpture at RMIT. There have been a number of returns to further study punctuated by periods teaching art. From 1998 to 2002 I taught sculpture: bronze casting, mould making and life modeling at RMIT.

Thai artistic experience for local artist

Laurie Collins has just returned from two full on weeks working in Thailand. The trip came about through last year’s winner of the Jindivick sculpture show (Pimpisa Tinpalit) who has connections to a number of Thai Universities.

Opportunities to Enter

Four opportunities here - read on........

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013 call for artist submissions

Introducing the 17th annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in Sydney, Australia which is being held from 24 October - 10 November 2013. Last year an estimated 500,000 people attended the exhibition over 18 days and 20% of the outdoor works sold.

As we begin the call for artist submissions for our 2013 Bondi exhibition, we are writing with the hope that will be able to inform your contacts, members and/or students about the exhibition.

To Take Note or to See

There are nine items in this post - so read more and more and more.....


Fourteen local and national artists! Twelve premiere Festival works! Exhibited across a range of extraordinary sites, including an abandoned car salesroom, a former police lock-up and an original miner’s cottage, Curated by Deborah Ratliff, the exhibition offers immersive engagement with some of the most creative individuals from the central goldfields region. Sugar from one, salt from another, mounds of spice, the artist’s mother, distilled concoctions, water, platinum, sound recordings, double adaptors, Chinese Hong Bao, plants, stoneware, discarded homewares, a reconfigured 1972 Holden Kingswood…

President's Letter January 2013

Gillian Govan

Hi All,
I hope you have all have had a wonderful festive season with friends and family and a bit of a rest after the mad build up to Christmas.  I have just returned from a couple of weeks in the country where I worked for short periods in my very, very hot shed. While there I was very aware of the fact that many of our members are country members and some have already been threatened by this bushfire season. I would like to let them know that their friends in the ASV are thinking of them and hoping they and their families will keep safe.

Dates for Your Diary

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

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival is your art fix for the summer!

Plus it’s on an island in the Yarra with bush land, barbecues and Melbourne weather on steroids.


Following the great success of the 2012 exhibition, I am pleased to inform you that Entry Forms for the ASV MIFGS Sculpture Exhibition 2013 (20-24 March) are available for downloading from the ASV website.

Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest 2013 Winner Announced

Viktor with the maquette of his work

Viktor Kalinowski from Mount Burnett in Victoria is the recipient of the 2013 Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest.

Opportunities to Enter or View

 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