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.

From the President

Hi All,

Did you know that the Association of Sculptors has been in existence since the early 30’s? It sprung from a group of dynamic talented artist and while it has undergone many organisation and structural changes its ideals have been retained. Did you know that there is a short but interesting history on our website? It is really worth looking at to understand who we are now. Unfortunately the documented history ends in the 90’s so as a committee we have been looking at the possibility of updating our history. We have considered employing a historian but it is a very costly exercise. Jackie Mckinnon introduced us to Melanie Guile who is an excellent word-smith and researcher and very interested in putting together a comprehensive history to date. Melanie will explain something about the process and her ideas at our AGM. We would like members input and view on this before we proceed. It is still costly so we will need to raise funds or obtain a grant. 

Diary Dates

Remembering that our best resources are our own members you can look forward to the next few months. We’ll meet in the community meeting rooms of the Ashburton Baptist Church. Enter the building from the Marquis Street carpark. We’ll start at 7:30pm

7 to 25 August our Annual and Awards Exhibition with opening/presentation evening 6pm Thursday 10th August.

13 September Speaker/subject to be announced

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 14 Sept- 10 Oct 2017 entries close late July

11 October ASV AGM - Melanie Guile will speak about the preparation of a history - and the uses of it.

November - a Christmas party to be arranged

Nearly There Now!

Organising the Annual and Awards Exhibiton is in the last frantic days and underneath a calm exterior the whole committee is paddling furiously. Work to go in the show is looking great so we are eagerly awaiting set up when we get to see it for real.

The July Meeting

Susie Ashkenazi addressed the recent ASV meeting regarding her journey to the remote hills of Aragon in north eastern Spain to learn sculpting in stone. In July 2016 she joined ASV members Tania Stavovy, Clare Collins and Anna Auditore in Barcelona. The journey was planned on line through Global Stone who conduct the northern hemisphere summer classes in the tiny Spanish town of Canada De Bentatanduz. This particular workshop is run during the northern summer by Jon Sait; Welsh sculptor, poet, art dealer and teacher. The studio is in the spacious outdoor terrace of his rustic period house in an ancient village situated 1442 metres above sea level, being the second highest place in all of Spain. Jon named it Studio Golondrina after the native swallow that flies at that altitude. 

From our Treasurer - with love

Membership renewals went out by email early in July. A good number have paid already and if you are one of those thank you, and there is no need to read on.

If you have not paid: subscriptions are $90 for City Members,
$80 for Country and
$60 for Pensioners and Students.

The easiest way to pay is by direct credit to the ASV Account BSB 063 105 Account No 00800382. There is no need to fill in any forms - just make sure your name is on the deposit. If you wish to pay by card or cheque please contact me (john.ride56@gmail.com) and I will email you a renewal form. If you have any queries re membership please contact me by email or call 0414 389 578.


The News from Everywhere

There is lots of information about a range of exhibitions opportunities and just plain interesting stuff so read on.....
Dimase Architects run window exhibitions - currently featuring Cetta Pilati - worth a look and worth considering.... and you can see them on Pinterest

At the McClelland Gallery

Tina Haim – Tina Haim-Wentscher – Tina Wentcher: Sculptor 1887-1974

This exhibition celebrates this German-Australian sculptor whose work elegantly fuses Eastern and Western influences.

Curated by Ken Scarlett OAM

Exhibition dates: 24 July to 12 November 2017
We invite you to attend a celebration on Sunday August 27 at 3 pm

Image: Tina WENTCHER: Two Balinese Girl Dancers (Two Legong Dancers, Balinese Dancing Girls) c1938. Bronze with patinated highlights 45.3 x 22.0 x 27.5 cm. Collection of McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery

Bequest of the artist in memory of her late husband Julius Wentcher, 1974

Sculpture Plinths

Hi my name is Jordan Fedke I am the owner of "Destroyer Props" I make Costumes and Props for Film and Cosplayers and I also make plinths for Sculptors my prices are: $150 for the 40x40x100cm, $120 for 35x35x90cm, $90 30x30x75cm . Custom orders may vary. If you are interested my email is Destroyerprops@gmail.com or if you wish you can call me on 0448 243 743. Looking forward to working with you all