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.

The Final Word...

Hi All,
As many of you will know I resigned as President of the Association of Sculptors at the AGM. I was disappointed that I was unable to find anyone to replace me. However, Yvonne Monik is now Vice President. Yvonne is very willing and capable but works full time and is also continuing to be very involved with our exhibitions. It would be great if someone would step up to help her.

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

9 November ASV Committee meeting. All members are welcome - indeed invited to come along and find out how the committee works and even volunteer a small portion of time or expertise to get 2018 rolling along. We meet 7pm at 20 England St Bentleigh East (Gillian Govan’s very hospitable home complete with warm ambience fine wine and conversation.)

26 November - a Christmas party at Marg Carey’s place. Full information here

1 December entries close Herring Island exhibition

13 to 28 January Herring Island Exhibition weekends only

9 February entries close MIFGS 2018

We look forward to some inspirational meetings in 2018 - plus a few outings. Watch for more information in the newsletter.

Report on the AGM

Approximately 20 people attended the AGM and responded favourably to Melanie Guile’s enthusiastic and competent discussion of the proposed history project for the ASV.
The important agenda items were worked through:

History for the ASV

Melanie Guile, a writer and experienced historian, as an introduction, told us a little about herself, past projects, background and qualifications . She then explained the process of writing a history. She told us the benefits of, and why we should write a history and the aims. She described what a history may be like and what it would cover including events, key people, social and artistic contexts; the impact of the ASV and its achievements. It would include referenced material, e.g. members and prize winners.

She explained how she would go about putting a history together- The process which would involve research, interviews, invite members input. She would need to get ideas from members, documents, memoirs, letters etc. Finally she explained what a history of the ASV might achieve for the organisation and its members.

The first question raised of course was the cost. This is a large sum not able to be defined at this stage as we need to decide how extensive we wish the history to be and how presented. If we are to even consider this it will be necessary to carry out some serious fundraising in the form of grants sponsorship or social events.

Melanie was an interesting speaker and I think those present were impressed

Gillian Govan


St Marks Square

With much excitement I joined the (European) Sculpture Network on an exclusive trip to Venice for its 57th International Art Exhibition "La Biennale di Venezia". There, 43 participants from nine different countries had the opportunity to enjoy summer and art in Northern Italy and travel with other like-minded companions who shared their passion for Contemporary Sculpture! We opened up the possibility to exchange views and to visit 18 presentations from various artists.

Tesselaar Sculpture Prize 2017

A message from the exhibition curator

The outstanding visual delight of looking at the abundance of very colourful tulips rippling across the sloping fields is a challenging context in which to place contemporary sculpture.

ASV Christmas Get Together

The venue at Cherry Hill Way

Two years ago we held a very successful end of year get together out here at the gateway to the Yarra Valley, and felt we should do it again.

MIFGS Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition 2018

For more than 20 years, the Association of Sculptors of Victoria (ASV) has established a highly-regarded sculpture competition and exhibition as a major adjunct to the well-established annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS), which is attended by more than110,000 visitors during the five-day event each year.
"Leda" Jenny Whiteside
First Prize for Carved Work

This year’s MIFGS Sculpture Exhibition will run from Wednesday, 21st March to Sunday, 25th March.

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2018

Ismiadi's "Boab" won the Peoples Choice Award
In 2017 we saw the interesting situation of reduced visitor numbers to the exhibition in combination with pretty good sales - we had a better targeted audience of people coming to the island and seeing the exhibition and permanent collection because of our improved advertising and media campaign. A big thank you to the team of Elnaz (Instagram), Beata (free websites) and Jenny Whiteside (Facebook)

Allan Goedecke

Here is a bit more about the winner of the 2017 ADFAS Yarra Andor Meszaros Sculpture Prize

Allan Goedecke worked as an educator in a range of teaching environments including secondary, TAFE and refuge youth programs.

Plea for Respite

Jellybeans are no longer enough!

Your newsletter editor needs a break! Can somebody or somebodies please undertake to do the November edition of Sculpere?

Contact Jenny Rickards 0418 971 897 or newsletter@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au or come to the next committee meeting and discuss how the newsletter is put together.


News, Alerts and more

This is a huge section... news of exhibitions, opportunities, tuition and more.... read on

Sculpture by the Sea is at full swing at Bondi - reports from those of you who exhibited or managed to get there to see it will be gratefully received.