Gillian's Roundup for 2014

Another busy exhibiting year starting with Herring Island as part of the Summer Arts Festival in January in which I exhibited Rain Dance in Cold Bronze and Bracing the Elements Together - Cold Bronze.

I then entered these 2 works in the
Melbourne international Flower and Garden Show. Bracing the Elements Together sold on the first day so I replaced it with William which while popular did not sell.

Since then I have worked in my capacity as
President of the Association of Sculptors as Activities Coordinator and by default Annual Exhibition and Awards Coordinator. During the year we have had a struggle getting the ASV Website to our satisfaction. It is at last starting to come together. It has been fun organising the Activities with visits to various sculptors’ studios, foundries and just inviting sculptors to speak at our meeting room.

My biggest challenge this year has been the organising of the Annual Exhibition. But it all came together eventually with the aid of a terrific team of helpers. Held in foyer of 120 Collins Street it has been a great success with sales and visitors. I entered Rain Dance again in the Annual Exhibition and also two bronze pieces, Grace and Bracing the Elements Together.

I was fortunate to win the
Margaret Gunnersen William Hoggan Thomas Award for Grace. This is the first award I have ever won for my sculpture I feel very proud to have received the votes of my fellow sculptors.

Here's a souvenir invitation to the Association of Sculptors of Victoria Annual Exhibition.

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Grace has been the most challenging yet most rewarding sculpture I have ever made. I started modelling her in clay in November 2012 under the tutorage of Mark Henry. Our model was patient and cooperative and I had her sitting for many sessions. I picked the pose and not until I started making the armature did we realise how complex it was. It has continued to be so through the whole process from armature to mould to wax to casting. But it has been worth it. See this gallery for photos documenting the evolution of Grace.

My only travel this year has been to Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It was a bit of a pilgrimage really as I worked there when I first arrived in Australia. It was rather emotional meeting up with some of the aboriginal people who remembered family and friends I had worked with. The only remaining building in the village was the house I had lived in. Apart from the nostalgia my friend and I enjoyed the northern territory beaches, bush and sunshine during our Melbourne Winter.

Gillian's Roundup for 2013

Please note: artwork names and other details below in blue are live links to images....
This has been a busy year with many distractions from my art. However I was able to exhibit in several exhibitions and galleries. In January this year I exhibited two works in
Herring Island Arts Festival Sprightly and Ozzie Bloke and will be entering at least one piece of work in the 2014 Art Festival.

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show was a huge success for the Association of Sculptors. I exhibited one piece called Rain Dance (no Photo available yet) which did not sell there but has since sold in a gallery.

I also exhibited in
Kinross House Gallery in Toorak. This was a small exhibition organised by the Association of Sculptors in place of its Annual Exhibition and Award. William, Bracing the Elements and Caressed by the Breeze - all in Bronze - were my entries.

In April I took part in a biennial event In Mount Macedon. Two of my sculptures,
Peekaboo! and Let's Play Footy were exhibited in a garden called Lewisham. I shared a great weekend with other sculptors and was shown great hospitality by the organiser Jan Sherry.

Over the past year I have been doing a life-modelling course under the tuition of Mark Henry of Sculpture Services. Mark has his own foundry and is an expert in mould making as well as a very good sculptor. Sculpting the figure from life took longer than anticipated but it has been a very rewarding experience and I am happy with the result so far. The work is at present in mould form and plaster but Mark will cast it soon and I am excited to see the finished result in bronze.

Next year I have an exhibition organised at the Heritage Golf and Country Club at Churnside Park. It will be a solo show exhibiting both sculptures and paintings. The commission from any sales will go to support Breast Cancer research.

On the travel front

Since last updating this blog I have travelled to Vietnam where I experienced the adventure of travel in a country of long, violent and changing history, colourful exciting food and wonderfully friendly people. In each city, we visited art galleries and cultural centres. I was particularly impressed with the gallery in Ho Chi Minh City that displayed an incredibly diverse collection of sculptures, both indoor and outdoor. Painting and ceramics both old and modern seemed to have survived even though exposed to the humidity and heat. It was a very exciting place. I also bought a piece of art in naïve style but crafted in traditional skills and materials.

This year I travelled to Canada, Scotland and England. In Canada I experienced the excitement of the Rockies and saw some wonderful artwork and also did some sketches myself. I was very impressed with the metal work of
Tony Bloom (1, 2 & 3) and also the utilisation of wood by many sculptors who have carves all aspects of life in Canada. I bought back a souvenir of a feather delicately carved in yellow cedar and mounted on a small piece of Canadian Rock. We met the artist in his studio on a beach on Vancouver Island.

In Scotland I saw the graduate show of the Glasgow Academy of Art. Such an experience seeing this new and fresh work but also the fact that the school is in a building designed by Charles Rennie MacIntosh. From there I went to Kelvin Grove Gallery. A wonderful gallery on International scale.

In England I had the experience of a lifetime when I visited the
Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire. Not only was there a huge collection of Henry Moore’s work there were also Rodin’s on display in the magnificent grounds. Moore’s studio and house were open to the public so we got a great insight into his work and life. What a climax to a great holiday.

My Holiday was not just about art. I was fortunate to catch up with many childhood friends, nursing friends and relatives. Wonderful, loving caring people who have been such a presence in my life even though I have lived for so many years in Australia.


On the home front

I am still president of the Association of Sculptors Victoria. This has come with many challenges but also has rewards in that it has enabled me to meet and work with some wonderfully interesting people with like interests. I have also continued to manage the monthly meetings when we have had some interesting and inspirational times.