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.

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....


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

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