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.

Honey! They’ve shrunk the President!

Jan Indrans, President ASV, is soon to return from foreign parts. He has sent images of his trip - and provided inspiration for discussion and future work. The rest of this newsletter contains thoughts from members on the nature of sculpture - the presentation of it - and the pricing.... food for thought. We look forward to welcoming Jan home!

Dates for Your Diary

Meetings are held at the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms entered from the Marquis Street car park Ashburton. We commence at 7:30pm

The activity for August will be a visit to Meridian Foundry in Fitzroy. It will be at 11am on Wednesday the 12th August. Visits to foundries are always well attended and this one is almost fully booked already, any questions please contact Gillian on 0412 122 884 or email gmps.govan@bigpond .com

On 9th September we will preface our Annual and Awards Exhibition with a wide ranging discussion - how do you price your work? You’ll find an article from Michael Meszaros on the subject in this newsletter. What is sculpture? Perry Wagner-Grose has a go at the age old question. What are the judges like for the Andor Meszaros Prize section? Why do we have two sections for our Annual Exhibition - All questions to discuss in good company - we’ll see you there. And what has Jan Indrans been up to all this time? 


The July Meeting - the Artist’s Web Site

Fred Fair led a great talk - full of content and interaction - plus he provided this excellent report - full of vital information. Thanks too for reminding the newsletter editor to investigate the latest add ons for Google Blogger - we now have email forms on the news website if anyone wishes to contact us through that site. Thanks Fred! And here is his report:

© Fred Fair (www.paperaction.com.au) July 2015 


Pricing Sculpture for Exhibition

It is Annual Show time and we all have the matter of working out what price we should put on our pieces.

Over the years a number of people have asked me how to work this out. My response is always that it should start with an objective calculation as to what it should bring and then a subjective decision as to what you think is reasonable.

Annual and Awards Exhibition 2015 - 600 Bourke Street Melbourne

Well things are moving along and the entries are trickling in. Thanks to all those who have sent in their forms and images. Please remember that we need some really good images for the invitations and catalogue designs.

Submission to the Senate Inquiry investigating the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts.

Submission by the Association of Sculptors of Victoria, 15 Laver St,. Kew Vic., 3101
Written by Michael Meszaros OAM B. Arch, Vice President, member of the Visual Arts Board (1977-80).
Emailed to legcon.sen@aph.gov.au

Much of the effect of this policy is hard to define since the finer details of how it will be administered are not yet known. However, there are a number of elements in principle, which are most disturbing.

The most concerning factors are:-

This appears to be a politicisation of arts funding. The setting up of a new arts funding body under the direct control of the Minister appears to be a mechanism for the Minister to fund arts organisations, individuals and styles or movements which are favoured by the Minister, compared to the at-arms- length approach which has characterised the Australia Council.

The Question....

SQ & Sculptors ALL, 17 July 2015

It is the age old question: What really constitutes a sculpture?

I have already experimented with both Paper Mache & Paper Plaster sculpture. As simple mediums, I believe they allow artists to create art without a lot of expensive tools & infrastructure?

My granddaughter’s 2nd grade class would certainly argue that their ‘Frodo Frog Sculpture I helped them to create in polystyrene, newspaper & low aspect fibre plaster, is for them – genuinely a sculpture.

Bulleen Art and Garden Celebrates

Bulleen Art And Garden has always aimed to meet the community’s needs in its own unique way, and over the last 20 years art became an important part of this process. BAAG is situated in an area with a rich art history and tradition, being the birthplace of the Heidelberg school artists, and just around the corner from Heide. There are also many practising artists living and working close by.

Sculpture Commission


The ASV has been contacted to find a sculptor for a commission - if you are interested you can contact him on the phone number below or get back to newsletter@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au for an email.

Bits and Pieces we found in July

It's wonderful the things that cross the desk - don't miss this month's selection of fascinating news including......
or see this

Images from the Traveller

Jan Indrans, President ASV, is wandering in foreign parts - he is sending us images from his trip - I’m sure we can prevail upon him to talk about them when he returns... it all looks fascinating.

Dates for Your Diary

Meetings are held at the Ashburton Baptist Church Meeting Rooms entered from the Marquis Street car park Ashburton. We commence at 7:30pm

15 July - another show and tell - this time the topic of sculptors’ websites - either build your own or get one made and what does the profile page on the ASV site do for you? We will have a web designer on hand. Fred Fair will give a talk entitled Building an Artist’s Website. Fred is the webmaster for the Contemporary Art Society.

The activity for August will be a visit to Meridian Foundry in Fitzroy. It will be during the day of Wednesday the 12th August. Visits to foundries are always well attended so make sure you book a place by calling Gillian on 0412 122 884 or email gmps.govan@bigpond .com

in September we can expect a wide ranging talk from our president on his experiences overseas and the ideas they inspired


The June Meeting

A full house of interested members attended the ASV meeting held on June 10th to see and hear the presentation by Iranian ceramic artist Elnaz Nourizadeh. Born in Tehran in 1985, Elnaz arrived in Melbourne in 2003. Pottery and ceramics were her early interest and passion and in Iran she was fortunate to study under the supervision of Maryam Salour one of Iran’s leading ceramists and sculptors. Elnaz continued to work as her assistant until she came to Australia.

Annual and Awards Exhibition 2015

We not only have a tremendous venue for the Annual Exhibition and Awards at 600 Bourke Street (Bourke Place) we also have the dates: 28th September to 16th October.

Entry forms are prepared and on the ASV website. They will be posted out with your membership renewals - probably to arrive on Friday 3 July!

Our opener will be Andrew Rogers - creator of geoglyphs and all round international artist... his work is on show at McClelland Gallery - see later in the newsletter.

The external judge for the Andor Meszaros Prize is Graeme Wilkie, Art Director of Qdos Gallery in Lorne.

This year work will be shown in two sections only - with sculptors’ work grouped together where possible. We hope that this will make the layout more comprehensible to our visitors and look forward to feedback from sculptors. There will need to be adjustments to the judging to accommodate this - stand by for further information.

In the mean time - get working, get images and entries in, it will be a great show!

Gillian Govan, Coordinator

News for June

News about the place - we lack the usual Tweets and Alerts - my Google system has suddenly gone quiet... but here you can find the interesting stuff that has been referred "across the desk" - news from the McClelland, Tesselaar.... read on.....