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Clement Meadmore

Clement Meadmore, described as Australia's greatest modernist sculptor, moved to New York to seek recognition.


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  • DIRECTOR Amanda King

  • PRODUCER Fabio Cavadini



Clement Meadmore has been described as Australia's greatest modernist sculptor, yet in 1963, at the age of 34, he left Australia for New York, returning only twice in 45 years. When Meadmore died in 2005, he left behind a body of sculpture installed across the US and in Japan, with only a few, yet significant public pieces in Australia. Meadmore's interest in sculpture began in Melbourne in the 1950's when he studied design. His ensuing work helped put modern design on the map in Australia. But for Meadmore, design work was his bread and butter, it was sculpture that was his passion.
It was only in New York in the mid-1960's that he discovered the arts scene that would invigorate him for the rest of his life.
Incorporating the curve into his sculpture, coined the 'twist' by Clement Greenberg, it became his signature style.
Clement Meadmore The Unrepentant Expatriate seeks to reclaim and reinstate Meadmore as one of this country's most significant sculptors.

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14.09% funded
  • $55,000.00

  • $7,750.00

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Geoffrey Smith & Gary Singer $1,000.00
Priscilla Guest $1,500.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The arts in Australia is not one of our most highly supported or celebrated sectors – so to explore how one Australian survived as a designer and artist, here and in the cramped and competitive artistic scene of New York will be a powerful mentoring experience for a new audience.
A film exploring the life and work of Australian born sculptor, Clement Meadmore has strong creative, personal and educational themes concerning the evolution of modernist art in Australia. His strong personal drive both as a designer and sculptor in Australia and in the US provides a fascinating insight into the life of a creative individual.

The film will reveal the amount of determination anyone needs to achieve a reputation in any field, inspiring and encouraging emerging artists and others to be focused and persistent.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Clement Meadmore seeks to reclaim and reinstate Meadmore as one of Australia's most significant sculptors.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The film aims to promote more understanding of the artistic process, to encourage respect and appreciation of the work of a multi-talented and ambitious artist in the field of one of the less accessible arts – sculpture – which had been overlooked in Australia until relatively recently. It was one motivating factor in Meadmore's decision to leave Australia. 
The film will also uncovers Clem's pivotal role in the emergence of the Modernist design movement in Australia. He produced both designs, in the form of icon steel rod furniture, record cover designs, contemporary cafe fit outs and evolved his approach to sculpture concurrently. The film aims is to provide a complex multi-faceted profile of the artist. 
The measure of its impact will be its distribution. We are seeking support  for the final stages of the post production budget. On completion it will be entered into high profile and arts oriented film festivals, before broadcast. Both Japanese and US broadcast sales will be sought.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

We plan to produce a study guide and create a website link. The education and outreach element is important as the film promotes the creativity and intelligence of one of Australia's international arts practitioners. It will have resonances for older and younger audiences alike.
While arts focused film festivals will be entered; the Arts channel will be approached following this promotional strategy.
Art Galleries and Museums provide an excellent opportunity for screenings but this will take an independent initiative beyond the broadcast and educational distribution arrangements. Screenings at art galleries throughout Australia which feature Meadmore's work include the national and all state galleries. Some regional galleries will also be approached.
Promotion by the educational distributor will target a diverse range of viewers which will be greatly assisted by the production of a study guide, not only for the Fine Arts subjects but also Design courses.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

The partnerships we have developed are very specific to the artistic world; including the Clement Meadmore Foundation in New York and various sculpture parks and institutions which hold his work in both the US and Japan. In Australia we have made contact with art galleries, both private and public around the country who eagerly await the completion fo the film.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

This film is profiling the ins and outs of an individual artist's career which we hope will inspire viewers to better understand the significance of the artistic legacy of both individuals and its importance to the culture as a whole.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

The indicators of success are the extent or scope of the audiences around Australia who have an interest in the arts who see the film. If a broadcast version of the film is purchased either or both in Australia and the US or Japan that will dramatically increase the audience reach. However audience reach through the non-theatrical distribution networks are also hugely important.