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.

Prizes at the 2019 Annual & Awards Exhibition

The announcement of the prizes and celebration of our annual exhibition was on Wednesday 31st July. The Events Centre at Collins Square was a great setting and the catering, music, and general ambience did the exhibition proud.

Our judge and guest speaker, Deborah Halpern rallied the sculpting tribe to support one another - in the face of censorship this time - but in general all the time.

Then followed the announcement of the prizes - accompanied by images on the Events Centre screen - very civilized!

Esther Goldberg "Ballet Dancer"
The Andor Meszaros Sculpture Prize
for both member and non member sculptors with fewer than ten years exhibition experience


Highly Commended

A Letter for July

Photographer & assistants at work - AAE 2019
This year’s annual has met with some challenges. The first being finding a new venue which was suitably located within the city. Yvonne spent many a day walking the streets ( in a good way) and speaking with various building managers to finally secure us a place for our Annual. Yvonne did an amazing job and was fully supported by Gillian and Jenny. However this was but the first of the challenges. After securing the premises there came the conditions placed upon us by the management.

Diary Dates

Currently at Collins Square we have the Annual & Awards Exhibition - invitations are available at the exhibition. We’ll see you on Wednesday 31st July at 6:30 for our special celebration of the exhibition and presentation of the prizes. See you there!

Also, subject to change, we may have a talk by Carl Lutz in September tapping into his extensive experience in the woodworking world. Plus we are considering artist floor talks at the Annual & Awards exhibition - our greatest resource is our membership!

Vale Sigmund Jõrgenson 29 April 1940 – 21 July 2019

We remember Sigmund Jörgensen OAM, son of Justus Jörgensen who was the founder of Montsalvat. 

Sigmund led Montsalvat from 1975 – 2005, during which time he made Montsalvat a haven for local and international artists. His contributions to art and culture were many, including the Melbourne culinary scene, running the award winning restaurant Clichy, being a judge at the Melbourne Asian Food Festival, food critic for the Melbourne Times and forming and Co-Directing the Montsalvat Jazz Festival which has gone on to become one of the major Melbourne cultural events.

Sigmund was a supporter of the acclaimed student orchestra, the Geminiani Chamber Orchestra; this orchestra trained many of the brilliant young musicians who happen to be back in Melbourne for this week to perform with the Australian World Orchestra.

After his father’s death Sigmund was one of the Directors of the Montsalvat Trust, oversaw the completion of many of Montsalvat’s buildings and initiated others, including the restaurant. 

As part of Sigmund’s community involvement he was for a time also the Mayor of the Nillumbik Shire.

A friend and supporter of the arts and artists all his life.


Rest in peace Sigmund.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Montsalvat 2pm Friday 9 August.
 
 
Montsalvat montsalvat@montsalvat.com.au

Australian Ceramics Nationwide Open Studios

Australian Ceramics is coordinating a nationwide Open Studios event over the weekend 17 and 18 August. There is a lot more information on: https://www.australianceramics.com/2015/07/01/australian-potters-open-their-studios-to-the-nation


The news here is that ASV member Monica Mauer Jan is part of the event and is part of the MudMakers Trail around Eastern Melbourne. Plan your weekend - after you’ve taken your work out of the Annual Exhibition.

Tesselaar Sculpture Prize 2019

The call is out for sculptors to enter the 2019 Tesselaar Sculpture Prize, a $20,000 acquisitive prize. The competition and exhibition will be conducted during the famous annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Silvan over September and October, attended by 90,000 people.

News, Events and Exhibitions

There are a number of entries here - all worth the reading - enjoy....

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Tessa Wallis, MSWPS 2019 Secretary, has written a very interesting article about
Ola Cohn 1892-1964 AT THE CUTTING EDGE.
Please see https://mswps.com.au/ola-cohn-1892-1964-at-the-cutting-edge / If you wish to contact Tessa email to tessa.gsw@gmail.com
Carmel O’Connor

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Sculptures in the Garden, one of Australia’s most renowned regional sculpture art exhibitions, is now accepting artists submissions. Held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October for its 9th consecutive year, This outdoor exhibition provides artists a one-off opportunity to exhibit their works and showcase them alongside local, regional, metropolitan and interstate artists with winning artists’ work acquired to become public art pieces.

Full Moon Sculpture Walk at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park

Phil Price’s work by moonlight at
McClelland Gallery
A unique opportunity to experience our Sculpture Park by moonlight with your family and friends!

We are marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with an event under the moonlight at McClelland. Learn about Indigenous perspectives on the night sky from special guest Dr Duane Hamacher, Associate Professor of Indigenous Astronomy and Science at Melbourne University.

Welcome to New Members

Welcome to new members Michael Whipps and Linda Lees we look forward to meeting you and seeing your work in exhibitions
 

Jackie Mckinnon Membership Officer


Congratulations

Valda from her Instagram page
Congratulations to Valda Cuming for being awarded an OAM for her service to the Visual Arts.

Valda has been a member of the Association of Sculptors of Victoria since the late 80’s and an active committee member until 2002 having been President from 1992-3 and Vice President and Exhibition coordinator for many years, involved in setting up and manning many exhibitions.

She was awarded Honorary Life membership of the Association in 2013 and has won our Margaret Gunnersen William Hoggan Thomas Award, most recently in 2010. 

Diary Dates

Coming up at Collins Square we have the Annual & Awards Exhibition - invitations will be available soon and we’ll see you on Wednesday 31st July for our special celebration of the exhibition and presentation of the prizes. 

See you there!

Also, subject to change, we may have a talk by Carl Lutz in September tapping into his extensive experience in the woodworking world. Plus we are considering artist floor talks at the Annual & Awards exhibition - our greatest resource is our membership!

Entries are in for the ASV Annual & Awards Exhibition 2019.

Entries have now been received and will be reviewed shortly.

Drasko Boljevic "Baby"
A huge thanks to all the sculptors that entered into this great exhibition. This year it is a smaller exhibition at Collins Square. It is always good to see all the new sculptures that have been created. Well done to all.

The June Meeting - Alexander Calder

Wed !2th was a cold, wet and windy day so what better than to have our June meeting at the bright, warm and stimulating NGV St. Kilda Rd.

At 1.30pm we were taken on a conducted tour of Alexander Calder’s exhibition. Our excellent guide gave us some background story of his life.

His parents were both artists. His father created sculptures of notable people in the mode of the day, and his mother was a portrait painter. They encouraged Sandy (as he was known) in his creativity by giving him the windowed basement of the house as his studio. With some copper wire and a pair of pliers, he began creating small pieces. We saw some of the pieces he made as gifts for his family and others.

Tesselaar Sculpture Prize 2019

The call is out for sculptors to enter the 2019 Tesselaar Sculpture Prize, a $20,000 acquisitive prize. The competition and exhibition will be conducted during the famous annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Silvan over September and October, attended by 90,000 people.

The late John Wooller (past ASV president) and I initiated the Tesselaar Sculpture Prize in 2008 as an opportunity for ASV members and other sculptors to exhibit their works in a uniquely wonderful setting. The Prize has gifted more than $150,000 to sculptors since its inception and generated income for the Association.

Having organised and curated the exhibition for the past twelve years and following seven years doing likewise for the MIFGS Sculpture Exhibition, it is time for me to hang-up my curatorial hat at the end of this year’s exhibition.

Entry forms for this year’s Prize can be obtained by contacting me at: artservices@skymesh.com.au


Mark Cowie

What's on and what to enter...


Some things you just come across - like this site specific work by Bill Perryn... other information is sent to us... read on for lots of things you might wish to know...



Seen at Middle Park Beach

for the story see this link https://lesleytruffle.com/tommys-story-bronze-sculpture-by-bill-perrin/



Welcome to New Members

Welcome to new members

Rachel Robertson and Hans Wernich
we look forward to meeting you and seeing your work in exhibitions

Jackie Mckinnon Membership Officer



From a Past President

The late John Wooller was a sculptor and president of the Association of Sculptors. During his time in office he spoke at a few of our meetings and wrote many interesting, philosophical and inspiring messages for our newsletters. John’s words are as meaningful now as they were when he wrote them in 2008

For Your Diary

There is plenty of sculpture action on the program! And more being planned...

For our June meeting we have planned a visit to the National Gallery, St. Kilda Road to see the exhibition of the extraordinary genius Alexander Calder. The Exhibition " Radical Inventor " spans the life and career of a 20th century artist whose practice continued to be vital and relevant between the era of cubism and minimalism.
 
photographed at the Alexander Calder exhibition at the NGV

The May Meeting - Mould Making led by Gillian Govan



complete with printed notes
The May Meeting - Mould Making led by Gillian Govan

Gillian had not only cleaned the studio - there were two heaters and she had prepared photocopied notes for those making a foray into mould making. First we all discussed multi part moulds and how to decide where to make the divisions. The advantage of having knowledgeable people present was that we got a broad perspective on the subject - the problem - well there was so much going on it was hard to concentrate.

here is the sequence Gillian demonstrated for us - complete with one she had started earlier....



adding thickener
 

Annual & Awards Exhibition 2019

Entries are now open for the ASV Annual & Awards Exhibition in August 2019.

Wow !!!! We cannot believe it is that time of year and we are full steam ahead planning the next Annual Awards Exhibition. We have secured a new venue and the exhibition will be held in the foyer spaces of Collins Square, 727 Collins St, Melbourne and will run from 29th July to 16th August 2019.

American Medal of the Year

Congratulations to Michael Meszaros on winning the American Medal of the Year Award 2019 with "Breakout": It is bronze, about 100mm diam.

On one side a jail wall has a hole pushed out of it. On the other side the escapee is looking back to see if he is being followed.

News, Opportunities, Events

Here is our monthly mish mash of news and events.... plenty to see here so read on....


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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Sculptures in the Garden, one of Australia’s most renowned regional sculpture art exhibitions, is now accepting artists submissions.

Welcome to New Member

Welcome to new member

Larissa Gray
we look forward to meeting you and seeing your work in exhibitions

Jackie Mckinnon Membership Officer

The Annual & Awards Exhibition 2019 is fast approaching

Yvonne Monik with her work in 2017
After all the excitement of the Melbourne Flower and Garden show we are already planning the next exhibition.

We had a great exhibition at Bourke Place last year but unfortunately due to building renovations being done we are unable to have the exhibition there this year.

It has been a frustrating and tedious task looking for a new venue that can accommodate the scale of the ASV Annual exhibition. Many times, between Gillian and myself we felt so close to securing a venue – but only to be knocked back. A huge thanks to all the members that gave us leads on venues. These were all followed up on.

Dates for Your Diary

There is plenty of sculpture action on the program! And more being planned...

Wednesday 8th May - mould making 7:30pm at Gillian’s place. All welcome not only to learn but also to contribute to the discussion from your own experience.

In future we’ll run more information sharing workshops - more about pooling our resources than imparting superior knowledge - everyone has some experience to share and other sculptors want to know about it.... if you would like to coordinate such a workshop please let us know:
newsletter@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au

Visit to Mal Wood’s Foundry

Mal prepared and delivered demonstrations and explanations for the stages of wax preparation, investing or ceramic shell moulding, bronze pouring and finally patenation.... His advice? Research as much as you can before going to a foundry because the methods and finishes vary amazingly and you can get great variety to suit your style but you must communicate it to your foundry.
 
 

Bulleen Art and Garden & Bolin Bolin Gallery

BAAG have supported the ASV through sponsoring the demonstration event at MIFGS, supplying prizes and limestone. The Bolin Bolin gallery supports and promotes visual art in general. Now they need some support:. 
The next stage of the North East Link planning process, the Environmental Effects Statement is out now and BAAG is still within the designated project area! We really want to continue here (on the site near the river), so we need to convince the EES panel that it is worth redesigning the construction compound so that we can stay and continue bringing you interesting art and exhibitions as well as garden necessities and advice.
If you haven’t signed our petition go to http://www.baag.com.au/save-baag-north-east-link/  or for more information http://www.baag.com.au/

News, Exhibitions and Events


We have grouped a diverse lot of news items here - they all deserve your attention and indeed you will find some gems in here - something for everyone as they say... so please read on.....
 
 
 

 

Welcome to New Members

Welcome to new members

Luke Neil, Helen Jeffs and Michael Adeney

we look forward to meeting you and seeing your work in exhibitions
Jackie Mckinnon Membership Officer



From the President

Gillian Govan
The Melbourne Flower and Garden Show Sculpture Exhibition Wow! What an Inspiration to all the visitors, the sculptors and to the organisers. The works were fantastic.

The word INSPIRATION says it all.

The dictionary meaning for Inspiration is:
Stimulus (noun) --Spur, motivation, stimulation, encouragement.

Creativeness(noun) – Inventiveness, brilliance, vision, creativity, muse.

Idea (noun) – brainwave, insight, flash, revelation, brainstorm, bright idea.

I am sure we can all relate to the word Inspiration in our response to the exhibition and our artwork.

Visitors would also have been inspired to see the potential of sculpture to enhance their homes and gardens.

INSPIRATIONAL (adjective) – Inspiring, stirring, rousing, moving, encouraging, motivating.

This is what the Association is about. As a group, a family, a team we can be all of these things to each other.

Gillian Govan
President

Diary Dates

There is plenty of sculpture action on the program! And more being planned...

A tour of Mal Wood’s Foundry
We meet at 16 Kurnai Ave Reservoir on Tuesday 9th April at 11 am

Unfortunately the Adventure in Stratford organised by Gavin Roberts Wednesday April 10 - has been cancelled due to lack of bookings.... we should have given this one a bit more of a push.. we’ve missed out but will try again next year.

Wednesday 8th May - mould making 7:30pm at Gillian’s place. All welcome not only to learn but also to contribute to the discussion from your own experience

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2019

A record number of sculptors, a record number of sculptures - and great work! Well done everyone! Let’s lead with coordinator Paul Cacioli’s words on the evening of the presentations;

Social Media Information and Strategy Session

Elnaz and one of the
well presented charts
A big thank you to Elnaz and Bez for running this session - and thanks too for alerting members to the space at Ladder Art Space. https://ladderartspace.com.au/ - it is worth considering for meetings, classes and exhibitions.

Elnaz gave us a good grounding in the social media available to us and the relative numbers of users and the reach we might have.

Pictures from the Exhibition

Helen Jeffs with "Birds of Prey"
 During the set up for MIFGS - no matter how stressful there is always time to help out, chat and connect with fellow sculptors... here are some moments I managed to catch....

Members' Exhibitions and Opportunities

 Here you will find the whole range of exhibitions to view, opportunities to enjoy and general members' news... read on ................................

You are invited to the official opening of Andrew Rogers: Evolution
From Maquettes to Major Sculptures 1996-2019

Contemporary Art Society Australian National Brooch Show 2019

For these small wearable artworks, artist’s have an opportunity to submit works via Australia Post. Note: FREE entries applies to all accepted exhibitors, but artwork return postage still applies. All selected brooches will also be displayed on the CAS website.
First venue:
Fitzroy
: showing 5 May - 9 August 2019 "Try & Buy": Sunday 5 May, 2pm - 4pm, at the Fitzroy Library, 128 Moor St, Fitzroy, Victoria
Second venue:
Eltham
: showing 13 August - 29 October 2019 "Try & Buy": Saturday 17 August, 12noon - 1.30pm, at the Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham, Victoria.
This year there is NO entry fee!
Entry deadline: Return completed entry forms and your works, together with RETURN POSTAGE (in stamps), by Friday 26 April 2019. All entries to be sent by Australia Post. Each artist can enter up to 5 Brooches (small wearable artworks) - see http://contemporaryartsociety.org.au/exhibitions/brooch-show for the ENTRY CONDITIONS for the show.

Welcome to New Members

Welcome to new members in March 2019

Regina Dudeck , Aimie Whiting and Tahani Shamroukh

we look forward to meeting you and seeing your work in exhibitions
Jackie Mckinnon Membership Officer



From the President


Gillian Govan, President
(The) Greatest value of having people around us is not what we get from them but the better person we become because of them. That is the power of Association. –Vincent Menezes



We had a great get together at the home and studio of Jenny Whiteside last Wednesday. Jenny is a self-taught Sculptor but has achieved so much since she chiselled her first piece of stone. In her talk she quoted Michael Meszaros who said that sculpture is all about problem solving. How true. From the first idea it is about how to bring the initial idea to fruition or to find a beautiful sculpture in a piece of timber or how to balance found objects or metal to make a statement.

Dates for your Diary

There is plenty of sculpture action on the program! And a whole lot more being planned.

Social Media Meeting
7:30 to 9:30 on Wednesday 20th of March. at Ladder Art Space
81 Denmark St, Kew VIC 3101.see later in the newsletter

MIFGS exhibition 27 to 31 March

A tour of Mal Wood’s Foundry
We meet at 16 Kurnai Ave Reservoir on Tuesday 9th April at 11 am

Adventure in Stratford organised by Gavin Roberts Wednesday April 10 - read more later in the newsletter.

 

Social Media Information Session

Social Media Information Session
I booked a gallery space for 7:30 to 9:30 on Wednesday 20 of March.

Ladder Art Space
81 Denmark St, Kew VIC 3101
Plenty of parking spaces along the street in Denmark St



Basic but important things about social media for an artist. 

Sculpture Adventure in Stratford



Sculpture Adventure in Stratford
 Here is the proposed program:

MIFGS 2019

MIFGS 2019 is shaping up to be the best yet! We have 150 sculptures, 80 sculptors, a new presentation event venue and a prestigious judge... you will receive your invitation to the preview and presentation event soon... stand by for a great show!

Welcome to new members

Welcome to new members
Thomas Dempster & Anastasia Nikakis
we look forward to meeting you and seeing your work in exhibitions
Jackie Mckinnon Membership Officer




The February Meeting

Jenny demonstrating stone carving
"Show and Tell" at Jenny Whiteside’s home and studio.



A big thank you to Jenny for hosting this great start to 2019. Jenny shared the story of her first introduction to carving serpentine stone, the story of adventures with tools and techniques and her extended arts life in drawing and painting.

Herring Island Wrap Up



Andrew Bryant "Fragile Balance II"
The exhibition for Herring Island 2019 was our biggest yet and the proud coordinator would like to think it was the best yet... the work was diverse, all had something to say and all attracted attention and added to the exhibition.

Members' Exhibitions

ASV members are involved in exhibitions other than those the Association organises - and for once we've found out about them before they close! Note to members: please let us know newsletter@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au about your exhibitions in time for us to let other members know.

ALGORITHM

An exploration of our relationship to artificial intelligence

THE HAYWIRE COLLECTIVE
PETER TOYNE, GEORGIA HERROD, GARY MALE

Workshops, Tech Support Ideas and Exhibitions to enter

This section is a compilation of help from members - read it to the end and contribute to it next month!


Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival is well established and hosts a great sculpture segment: www.artsinthevalley.net.au

Entries close on 25th March 2019

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Wandin Blacksmiths’ Workshop

History for the ASV

we need a team to pursue our History project people to source grants, expand the brief, develop ideas for presentation. We are collecting articles,notes, historical items and putting them in one place. Past stories and experiences are welcome anyone who can help in any way please contact Gillian Govan president@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au

From the President

A moth finds a resting place on
Allan Goedecke’s sculpture at
Herring Island. Images of all the
works can be seen on our website.
One twelfth of the year has passed already but with much activity. Herring Island has been a great success not just with sales but with the number of visitors drawn to this great exhibition. The quality of work has been outstanding and appreciated by all visitors. The exhibition is a showcase of who we are as artists – the diversity, the passion, the skill and the perception of art and life.

Dates for Your Diary

10th February extended deadline for Toorak Sculpture entry

Monthly Meeting 13 February 7:30pm: "Show & Tell" kicking off the year! Hosted by Jenny Whiteside 34 Martin St Beaumaris

MIFGS Entries close 24 Feb

Monthly Meeting March - planning in progress - possible foundry visit so keep watching.

MIFGS exhibition 27 to 31 March

Adventure in Stratford organised by Gavin Roberts Wednesday April 10 - to be confirmed

MIFGS 2019

Dear Sculptors,

The closing date for entries for the 2019 MIFGS is the 24th of February which is fast approaching. The exhibition can only be a success with your support and your sculptures.
There has been and still is a lot of activity going on by the MIFGS Coordination committee to ensure that all will go smoothly during the exhibition.

We are entering the promotions phase of the show - any stories about the development of your work, your process or your story will help - please contact asv_mifgs@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au

Vale John Wooller

John Wooller, a past ASV president, died on 23rd December 2018 following a long and debilitating illness. His family were with him at the time.

He was my good friend and confidante as well as being a creative mentor to me for almost twenty years. I will miss our regular get togethers where we would pontificate over all manner of matters. Most of all he enjoyed pondering the human condition.

New members

Welcome to new members
Chris Anderson, Jann Fullerton
we look forward to meeting you and seeing your work in exhibitions
Jackie Mckinnon
Membership Officer



News and more news


There is a lot in this section - please read through to the end - you never know when an item will apply to you....

So What's NAVA Doing?

The National Association of Visual Artists is out there campaigning for our interests - and it can be hard to keep up with the issues identified - so to whet your appetite here is an extract from the first newsletter for the year:

We’re spending first sitting week in Canberra at Parliament House putting the case in back-to-back, one-on-one meetings with MPs across all major parties

In partnership with Museums & Galleries Australia, we’re hosting an advocacy priorities roundtable in Canberra with key national contemporary arts bodies

Just as we did with the 2018-2019 Federal Budget, we’ll scrutinise this year’s Budget in great detail, offering critical responses for a diversity of media to ensure that there’s a strong arts perspective in this national conversation

ACTION: We’ll start the year once again with #artsagenda, asking you to share what you’d like us to raise with MPs in those meetings.

Read more in https://visualarts.net.au/

Full Speed Ahead for Herring Island

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2019 will launch on Saturday 12th January with the ASV exhibition "Meander"

Diary Dates

  • 11 Jan. 7:30am delivery & set up Herring Island.
  • Herring Island exhibition 12 Jan to 3 Feb
  • Monthly Meeting 13 February "Show & Tell" kicking off the year! Hosted by Jenny Whiteside 34 Martin St Beaumaris
  • MIFGS Entries close 24 Feb
  • Monthly Meeting March - planning in progress
  • MIFGS exhibition 27 to 31 March
  • Adventure in Stratford organised by Gavin Roberts Wednesday April 10 - to be confirmed

MIFGS 2019

Dear Sculptors,


We hope the New Year has started well for all of you and that this New Year will bring you happiness, health and success.

The closing date for entries for the 2019 MIFGS is the 24th of February which is fast approaching and so far we have had only 8 entries registered. Hopefully we will see an increase in entries in the following weeks.

Members' News

Through the support of the Tina Wentcher Award, Lana Thymianidis recently practised in a studio residency in Norway. During her stay, she worked out of the remote village of Austmarka researching patterns in nature and developing her latest body of work. Her next series examines depictions of fleeting paper objects (including paper boats and planes) that are cast into bronze. Lana looks forward to returning to Norway for her solo exhibition in Oslo in 2020

Lana Thymianidis

News, Alerts and Exhibitions to Enter

Good luck everyone - we have quite a lot to tell you even though the holidays have distracted us....
now is the time to get your sculpture entries into this years
Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition 2019.
Exhibition is in May but our Call for Entries closes 1st February, only 3 & half weeks away…. This years prizes gave grown to a total value of $10,000 & we are lucky to once again have the support of MERIDIAN Sculpture who will give a $2,500 bronze casting award again. All details are on our website; https://www.toorakvillage.com.au/sculpture or call me if you have any questions.

Tracey Cammock
Promotion & Marketing Toorak Village Traders Assoc.
Mobile: 0455 0455 45 tracey@toorakvillage.com.au