The Sculptors Society was founded
in 1951 and is the oldest sculpture society in New South Wales. The
founding President of the Society was Dennis Winston with Lyndon
Dadswell as Vice-President. Founding members also included Gerald
Lewers, Paul Beadle, Bim Hilder, Frank Lamb, Robert Klippel, Joe Mason,
Owen Broughton and Anita Aarons. Later members included Clement
Meadmore, Len and Kath Shillam, Oliffe Richmond, Douglas Annand, Bert
Flugelman, Alan Ingham and Margo Lewers. The Society has over its
lifetime provided a launching pad for the careers of many well-known
and highly regarded sculptors, also including May Barrie, Diana Hunt,
Anna Cohn, Errol Davis, Alan Somerville and many many others.
Not For Profit
Sculptors Society has a constitution, is audited and is incorporated
under the Companies Act of 1961. The Society is run by a committee
elected yearly by the membership. All work, including the running of
our exhibitions is done voluntarily by our members. The Society derives
its income from membership fees, exhibition entry charges for
exhibiting sculptors, a percentage on sales, advertising in the
Bulletin and on the web, and from sponsorship. It does not seek to
accumulate money, but ploughs money back into services, or advertising
its services for the benefit of its members. All committee positions
Society holds an AGM and then usually about 4 other forums a year at
the North Sydney Leagues Club. A wide range of guest speakers,
including amongst others, local and overseas sculptors, curators,
gallery owners, art judges, teachers, architects and suppliers of
materials and services relevant to sculptors are invited to address us
on these occasions. These talks and demonstrations are catered, and
they are free, with a bar open too. All are welcome, and many
friendships are forged at these relaxed yet informative gatherings.
Society arranges and conducts several major and smaller sculpture
exhibitions a year, showcasing and promoting members' works. These are
held mainly though not exclusively in Sydney, NSW. The Society's
web-pages of members' sculptures provide a photographic register which
gives easier access to viewing members' works, replacing the registers
hitherto kept. This is useful for those seeking to commission sculpture
for private collections, architectural projects and public monuments.
In addition, this photographic portfolio o f current works for sale by
members includes, for those members who have nominated this, contact
details and a description of materials used, size and price, if the
work is for sale, plus a web-link to another private website for that
member, if this is available.
Sculptors Society produces a bi-monthly Bulletin, which is sent out to
all members providing information on exhibitions, prizes, coming
events, reviews, advertisements and any news of interest to sculptors.
It also provides a platform for debate on sculptural matters. Our
publication is requested and collected by institutions such as the
State Library of NSW, NSW Parliament Library, the State Library of
Queensland, the National Gallery of Australia and other state
galleries, museums, universities, art schools and other art societies.
The Mitchell Library in Sydney currently holds and provides access to
the Society's archival material.
Tuition and Suppliers
The Society provides lists of teachers and places of sculpture tuition,
and a listing of suppliers of materials and tools. Discounts are
offered by a number of suppliers to Sculptors Society members.
is divided into full membership for more experienced sculptors, student
membership for those just starting out in this art-form, and also
associate membership for non-sculptors, who nevertheless feel connected
and would like to receive our Bulletins. The Committee views all
applications, and aspiring full members need to submit portfolios of
work to ensure that the professional standards of the Society are
maintained. The Society represents members throughout NSW as well as
interstate and overseas.