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Toyota Community Spirit Gallery annual indoor outdoor exhibition catalogue

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  • Toyota Community Spirit Gallery

    GREATand smallSculpture2013

    All creatures

    the ninth annual exhibition showcasing the diversity

    and excellence of sculpture practice in Victoria

    Toyota Australia, 155 Bertie St, Port Melbourne, Victoria.

    Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday9am to 5pm or by appointment.

    Inquiries Ken Wong 0419 570 846

    24 October 2013 to 17 March 2014

  • The Toyota Community Spirit Gallery is an initiative of the Toyota Community Foundation, Toyota Australias corporate citizenship program. Toyota Community Foundation develops partnerships that share Toyotas skills, networks, expertise and other resources with the community.

    The gallery aims to provide space for artists, especially emerging artists to show their work. The space is provided free of charge to exhibiting artists. No commission is charged on sales and Toyota provides an exhibition launch and develops a catalogue for each exhibition.

    The gallery has now shown works by over 935 artists. This project is mounted in consultation with Hobsons Bay City Council and the City of Port Phillip.

    Toyota Community Spirit Gallery

    This image aND back coverDura Mater (detail) by sharyn Dingeldei, Ceramics and timber, 2012

  • Council GrantsThe City of Port Philip, Sutherland Shire and Hobsons Bay City Councils have each benefited from $20,000 in funds from the Toyota Community Foundation for the first time.

    Part of the Toyota Community Foundation model, to support the communities in which it operates, involves a local council and community fund. This provides $20,000 to three local councils, Hobsons Bay City Council where the manufacturing plant is located, Port Phillip Council where Toyota Head office is located and Sutherland Shire where Sales and Marketing are located to use for community grants. Toyota Employee Champions from three operating arms manufacturing, sales and marketing and corporate services help the councils assess the applications from local community groups and organisations.

    The City of Port Philip Council completed its latest grants (and business mentoring) program, assigning funding support to the following community projects/groups:

    * Ms Peer Support Group* Harpatkah Chai Rover Crew (3rd St Kilda Scout Group)* Elwoods Got Talent Open Mic* Elwood Childrens Centre* Southport Playhouse* Port Phillip Mens Shed Association* Port Phillip Community Group Ltd* Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre* Hobsons Bay Obedience Dog Club Inc* Elwood Childrens Centre.

    2013 Sutherland Shire Council and Toyota Australia Sustainability Grants Program to the value of $40,000 was allocated to eight local community organisations ($5,000 each). The groups are:

    Social * Vision Australia * Southern Community Welfare

    Environmental * Engadine Community Services * Cronulla Pre-school

    Cultural * Gymea Community Aid and Information Service * Enough is Enough

    Economic * Shire Community Service * Sutherland Shire Community Transport

    Assessment for Hobsons Bay Council projects are underway.

  • Employee GrantsThe Toyota Employee Community Grants launched in April 2013. This offered Toyota Australia employees the chance to secure $1000 in support for a project or activity run by a not-for-profit, community group of their choice.A total of 68 employees from all Toyota Australia operating divisions submitted applications. From this pool, Toyota Motor Corporation Australias Corporate Services Executive Director, Mike Rausa, selected 15 applicants, in a random draw. Manufacturing and Purchasing Executive Director Chris Harrod and Sales and Marketing Executive Director Tony Cramb were also present.

    The successful Employee Community Grants recipients are:

    Michael Allet Corporate Services, CAS&E Chelsea Football ClubVesna Benns Corporate Services, CAS&E Footscray Primary SchoolSimon Birch M&P, Manufacturing #2 Inverloch Windsurfing Club IncJennifer Bowker Corporate Services, HR Yarrambat Adult Riding ClubSue Calvey Corporate Services, HR Mirabel FoundationMichelle Cleary Corporate Services Information Systems Le Page Tennis Club IncAdan Fernandez M&P, Quality Control Relay for LifeDianna Mitchell S&M Franchise Development Menai Dragons Basketball ClubBoris Nikolic M&P, Purchasing/Production Control Serbian Sports Centre IncorporatedGlen Pitcher M&P, Product Engineering & Maintenance Altona Pirates Basketball ClubJim Polonidis M&P, Purchasing/ Production Control Moonee Valley Cricket ClubJoanne Romano Corporate Services, HR Pascoe Vale Soccer ClubSalem Salikin M&P, Manufacturing #1 Australian Malay FoundationJohn Woof M&P, Manufacturing #1 3rd Melton Scout GroupJack Zakaria M&P, Manufacturing #1 Bangla Media Group of Australia

    2013 Toyota Emerging Artist Award sponsored by cherrycake studiosThe Toyota Emerging Artist Award is an initiative designed to provide Australian based artists who have participated in the Toyota Community Spirit Gallery exhibition program with a further opportunity to advance their career via a one-month artist studio residency at cherrycake studios in George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

    The winning artist will receive a one-month artist residency including studio space and accommodation sponsored by cherrycake studios plus $1000 from Toyota to assist in funding their travel and/or other expenses. The Award judging committee is chaired by Melinda Martin, Director Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda and includes Eliza Roberts, Asialink Arts Residencies Manager, Tania Blackwell, Hobsons Bay City Council and Louisa Scott, City of Port Phillip. For information regarding the 2013 award, visit watcharts.com.au/toyota.html

  • images FroNT cover Together Forever by vaidas Zvirblis Recycled materials, timber, straw, clay, sand, oil and varnishes, 2013

    This sPreaD Polar Bear by Vronique Derville Plaster and perspex, 2013

    THANkS To Tania Blackwell, Hobsons Bay City CouncilLouisa Scott, City of Port PhillipToyota Community Spirit Gallery CommitteeKatarina Persic, Toyota AustraliaPeter Griffin, Toyota AustraliaGlenn Campbell, Toyota AustraliaMelinda Martin, Director Linden Centre for Contemporary ArtsEliza Roberts, Asialink Arts Residencies ManagerSteve Blakebrough

    CATAloGuE EDiTiNGKen Wong (watcharts.com.au)

    PRE PRESS & GRAPHiC DESiGN Sandra Kiriacos (watcharts.com.au) SAlES ENquiRiES for any of the works in the catalogue can be made by contacting the curator Ken Wong on 0419 570 846 or info@watcharts.com.au

    ToYoTA CoMMuNiTY SPiRiT GAllERY MAil liST If you are interested in becoming involved in the gallery program or wish to be added to our mailing list to be kept informed of upcoming events, email info@watcharts.com.au or visit www.watcharts.com.au/toyota.html

    The opinions and points of view expressed by participants through the artworks and artists statements in this exhibition and catalogue are those of the individual person or persons and are not intended to reflect the position of Toyota Australia.

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    All creatures

  • ken Wong is the Director of Watch Arts, a Victorian based contemporary arts consultancy. He has worked in the fine arts industry for over fifteen years in both commercial and community arts, curating and managing a host of projects including gallery and outdoor sculpture exhibitions.

    This is the 32nd show and the 9th annual sculpture exhibition for the Toyota Community Spirit Gallery. it presents the works of 71 artists and showcases the diversity and excellence of sculpture practice in Victoria.

    The title, All Creatures Great and Small, not only refers to this, but also has broader portent in relation to the times we live in and the wider human community.

    Recently, for the first time since I was a boy, I spent a weekend in our national capital, Canberra. It was just before the federal election, and out of pure luck, my trip coincided with the annual Open Day for Parliament House. Having never been before, I took advantage of the opportunity and was fortunate to view not only the public chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate, but also the offices of the senior ministers and the Prime Minister. It is hard not to be impressed by the architecture and scale of the building, and I was immediately reminded of the famous of the people, by the people, for the people line from American President Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg Address, which made me think about what a significant privilege, and also a great responsibility, it is to live in a modern democratic country. My trip also included a visit to The Australian War memorial and this also underlined what it has at times, taken to defend our way of life and the price paid by our wider society and in particular the families and individuals in our community, to afford us this great privilege.

    The exhibitions title also has associations

    of course, with the RSPCAs campaign to promote their work in advocating and caring for all of the amazing animals that we as humans and Australians, share our country and our experience of living with. This in turn was taken from the famous TV series, inspired by the novels by James Herriot, about the life of a veterinarian and his administrations in the care of animals in rural England in the 1930s.

    The title is of course originally, a line from the Christian hymn, All things Bright and Beautiful, which describes the wonder and breathtaking diversity of all of creation. The origins of this hymn are not completely known, but some think it a reference to a line from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of the key early masterworks of British Romantic literature. It tells the story