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.

Inspiration from Jo Felstead-Hill

Jo Felstead-Hill "Botanicus"
First Prize Courtyard Sculpture
With the fantastic response to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show being reflected in numbers visiting and also sales it is a great time to reflect on what this means not only to the ASV but the general arts community.

Grame Wilkie’s comment of art as a Visual Language is critical to a view of ourselves as artists.

Diary Dates

Yvonne Monik "Radiance"
We mostly 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

16 May: Visit Yvonne Monik’s studio 1 Anita Court Doncaster East - starting at 7:30pm

In June part of the meeting will be a General Meeting of members so that we can vote on a proposal by Jenny Rickards that Gillian Govan be made an Honorary Life Member of the ASV. There’s an article in the body of this newsletter.

Sun14 July Blacksmithing at the smithy. Watch this space!

Annual and Awards Exhibition 2018

No sooner are we starting to breathe again after the excitement of one exhibition when we are into the preparations for the next.... The dates are set 6 to 24 August... the venue is known - Bourke Place, 600 Bourke Street Melbourne... entry forms and conditions of entry are in the final stages of preparation.

Proposed Honorary Life Member

Gillian Govan (https://sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/sculptors/profile/gillian-govan)  joined the ASV a while back... tempted in by Rod Sanders who saw her work either at Manyung Gallery or in a magazine. It was a while ago... we’ve seen her work in exhibitions since 2003.. hard working as well as inspired.

In 2014 her work "Grace" won the Margaret Gunnersen William Hoggan Thomas Award - this during the time she has served as ASV president.

Tribute to Matthew Harding

At 6:30am Saturday 17th March 2018 a small group of Lorne locals, artists, idolising sculptors, dog walkers and LSB organisers (such as founding member Graeme Wilkie and 2018 Curator Lara Nicholls), all gathered around Matthew Harding’s iconic work "Landbridge", to share thoughts and admirations of him in what was very apt weather for emotional farewells!

You and the ASV website

New members to the ASV receive a welcome email which, amongst other things describes how to log in to the website to enter details of your sculpture practice.

News and Alerts

As usual we've packed lots of different stories in here - be sure to read them all....

Meridian Sculpture Foundry is offering workshops in wax working and bronze casting - you can see their program here: http://meridiansculpture.com/sculpture-modelling-workshops/ You can also follow them on Instagram meridiansculpture

Welcome to New Members

This month we welcome
Colin Govan and Andre Sardone (returning)
All the best - we look forward to seeing your work in exhibitions.

LORNE SCULPTURE BIENNALE March-April 2018 Report, by Jackie Mackinnon

This year’s essentially sponsored LSB exhibition was its sixth, titled “Landfall”

(d: water or storm damage to land; land first sighted..). The curator, Lara Nichols (who commuted all the way from NGA Canberra) not only selected all 43 artists but also the Landfall theme ‘nature, humanity and art’ - “to bring together brilliant local and international artists who would delve into the dilemma of our endangered world by not being afraid of expressing their thoughts, with emphasis on their environmental awareness & responsibility!”

However, did they get that across? In my opinion most did not! WHERE were all the big meaningful ’Landfall’ sculptures? I felt very disappointed with the real lack of daring or ideal big statement, the lack of innovation and awesomeness - including the usually stunning Small LSB Exhibition; the déja vu-ism bordered on banality, if not boring!! There was a pyramid of old TVs with foil-covered screens; there was a giant shotgun, pointing out to sea of course; a giant-sized bench at the edge of the water; Sonya Payes’ giant-sized black & white facial impressions of her daughter eerily embedded in the sand which kids played all over! There was a story of starkly hideous obelisks with a few plastic flowers on the ground; not to mention the two house frontages, one built out of huge stone blocks & the other out of annoyingly very, very evenly chopped firewood all staked & wired together by a NZer!....
Marcus Tatton 'The Equation"
I was so longing for the three little pigs and a big bad wolf to jump out and start some entertainment!

Experiencing the Triennial at the NGV.

As I walked into the rooms with other curious art lovers, I found an overwhelming happy feeling brought on by the simple shape of a red flower. Every where!! They were glued over the kitchen, bathroom, lounge, bedroom and everywhere else! Children loved it. People were surprised and wondering why there were these flowers. “Is this ART?”, I heard people ask. ”It’s wonderful” was the reaction of all. The artist wanted to submerge the world in flowers.