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 May 2014

Dear all,

Welcome to another Sculpere. Another month has flown by and progress has been made. The website issues are almost resolved, and the plans for the Annual Exhibition and Awards are well under way. Renewals for membership will be sent out at the end of June together with entries for the exhibition.

Dates for Your Diary

ASV meetings are being held in the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms, enter from the Marquis Street carpark Melway 60D9
  • 11 June we will meet at the Ashburton Meeting Rooms - at home as it were - and we’ll have a mystery speaker - to be announced!
  • Membership renewals 30 June
  • 9 July monthly meeting
  • 31 July entries close Annual and Awards Exhibiton 2014
  • Coming up - the ASV Annual Exhibition, Tesselaar Sculpture Prize - and more!

The ASV Annual Exhibition

The Annual and Awards Exhibition 2014 - 23 August to 13 September

The Annual and Awards Exhibition 2014 will be at 120 Collins St (St Michael’s Church). The opening will be on Friday 29 August by Dr J Patrick Greene OBE, CEO of Museum Victoria. Entry forms and Conditions of Entry are being prepared and our publicity campaign is imminent. It is not too late to put your hand up to help! There are lots of jobs that can be shared - in social media and publicity generally, putting entry forms into envelopes, helping at set up, advice on building really good plinths - don’t forget a fresh coat of white paint! As he mentioned at our visit to his studio Andrew could organise plinth building when we cooperate to build plinths to good standard and share the work. Contact mail@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au or 0418 971 897 to join in.

Contact any committee member with suggestions and offers of help.

The May Meeting

The May Meeting

The May meeting of the ASV was held in the Newport studio of the well-known sculptor Robert Hague on Wednesday 21st.

Members were well aware that they were not only going to see the works of a highly accomplished sculptor in metal, but a multi talented artist with a high standard of works in drawing, draughtsman ship, print making and a new venture in ceramics.

Specialist Conservator

Jill Meggs Objects Conservator/Restorer

If any of your artists require some restoration work or general advice on matters such as which conservation grade materials are best for their artworks or advice on display, storage and packaging for their artworks they can contact me on 0411 290 586 and my email is jill.meggs1@gmail.com.

I am a member of AICCM (Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material) and fully insured.

Exhibitions to see...

Toorak Village, Inge King, Ola Cohn's Fairy Tree - it's all happening!

Tweets and Alerts and Opportunities

There are lots of alerts this month - but we'll put the Woollahra Sculpture Prize early so you know you shouldn't skip this section of the newsletter and then there's the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture... read on as they say...

Late Extra: Life on the Yarra Project

An email from Melbourne Water arrived late - no time to check it so anyone interested in the project please take care.

News Flash! There will be a May Meeting!

We are pleased to announce that we will be visiting the studio of Robert Hague on Wednesday 21st May at 60 Mirls Street Newport Melways ref. 55 J 5 at 7.30pm

Robert Hague is a very accomplished Melbourne sculptor who works with bronze and steel.

His work is modern, abstract on a monumental scale as well as figurative and contemporary. He was born in New Zealand in 1967, and now lives and works in Newport, Melbourne Australia.
He has exhibited throughout Australia and New Zealand and won many awards. You only need to look at his website to know that you just have to take this great opportunity to visit Robert's Studio www.roberthague.com

Please rsvp Gillian : president@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au 0412 122 884 or
Jenny Jennyrickards@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au 9836 2738

Gillian will be happy to give a ride to anyone in Bayside area. I am sure other members would be happy to car pool too. See you there.

President’s letter for April 2014

Dear all,

The committee met to discuss the Annual and the website; followed a week later by a general meeting regarding the website for members to have their say. Only 2 people (One being Jenny Rickards) attended other than committee members which was very disappointing considering it is the members’ website. It was agreed by those present to do a short list of limited changes of work employing Alberto who designed and built the website and pay him for all future work. This was in preference to a complete rebuild which could meet identified problems but cost perhaps $15,000. This may still take some time and the website may still not be perfect for the volunteers involved in recording exhibitions etc. The anticipated work is aimed at 1. keeping exhibition management off the website. 2. Including non-member sculptors exhibits on the website thus making ASV exhibition records complete.

At this point I would like to notify all members that I will not be standing for re-election as president at the next AGM which will probably be held after the Annual Exhibition in September.

Please put your thinking caps on and nominate a new president or even put your hand up. Look forward to hearing from you.
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

Coming up - the ASV Annual Exhibition, Tesselaar Sculpture Prize - and more!

Meetings B@#!*y Meetings

Gillian carries the work not only of president but also activities coordinator. This wouldn’t be too hard if it were only coordinating the offers to organise guest speakers or run discussions or do interesting things... but lately Gillian has been so underwhelmed with offers that she is feeling very lonely.... all our plans for May fell through. Oh dear!

This should be FUN - so who is offering to run a party in their studio? Gillian will bring the wine! We are all up for a good time and definitely in need of winter cheer - so plan ahead and let us know what wild and woolly ideas you would like to share with fellow members: mail@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au

Hooray Gillian has organised a meeting - and a beauty at that! See http://sculperenewsletter.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/news-flash-there-will-be-may-meeting.html

Toorak Sculpture Festival 1 May to 15 June

The media release for the festival reads - in part: "The 2014 Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition is the most innovative and important annual event to take place in the Toorak Village, where we link the arts with business to form a unique cultural experience. During the entire month of May and 2 weeks of June, we exhibit contemporary sculptural works in the shop windows and on the sidewalks of Toorak Road, Toorak Village.

The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture

From the Melbourne Prize Media release - for full information go to the prize website http://www.melbourneprize.org/
Notes from the media release for the Melbourne Prize 2014:

Inge King: Constellation at the NGV 1 May to 31 August 2014

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square

 Open 10am–5pm Closed Mondays

 Information from http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/exhibitions/inge-king-sculptor

Now in her 98th year, Inge King is one of our most senior artists. This exhibition will present the most complete survey of Inge’s remarkable career to date.

Since arriving in Australia in 1951, Inge King has been a major contributor to the development of abstract sculpture in this country. She has exhibited her work consistently in solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions. Her work is held in all major national collections and through her numerous public commissions she has become one of Australia’s best known and most prominent sculptors.

This major survey of Inge King’s work will be installed in the foyer spaces over three levels at NGV Australia and will include work produced over an extraordinary period of almost 70 years. In addition to sculptures from the NGV and other public and private collections, the exhibition will include many works drawn from Inge’s personal collection.

Tweets and Alerts

A smaller offering this month - but worth checking out never the less. Remember you can follow the ASV on both Facebook and Twitter

Commissions for Public Art

We received this information from Richard Holt - check it out with the usual care:

Members' News

A welcome to new members plus some reports from the members and their activities...

Neerim Bower – Inspired by Birds

Neerim Bower Acquisition 2014 Up to $10,000 is available to purchase one or more sculptural pieces reflecting the theme of ‘’Inspired by Birds’’, to develop a collection of public art for installation in the township of Neerim South and is part of the ‘’Neerim Bower – Inspired by Birds’’ project. 

Under Autumn Sky

The Spa Country Sculptors Association is showing work around Lavandula - see their poster and enjoy their work!

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014

We are pleased to write to you introducing the 18th annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in Sydney, Australia, which is being held from 23 October - 9 November 2014. 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 2014 Bondi exhibition, we are writing with the hope that will be able to inform your contacts, members and/or students about the exhibition.
For more information and to apply, please download our Application Form and Terms & Conditions. These documents can also be downloaded from our website: www.sculpturebythesea.com
Please note that the deadline for all submissions is
6pm, Thursday 1 May 2014.