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 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…