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 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: