Valda Cuming was born in Korumburra Victoria‚ but moved to Melbourne at the age of 9 where she was educated at M.L.C. Cato College.
She showed an early interest in all forms of art and handcrafts and after leaving school pursued courses in both art and metalwork at RMIT.
She has studied overseas in North America‚ France‚ Switzerland and the U.K
Valda now works in watercolours‚ mixed media‚ printing‚ collages‚ limestone‚ soapstone and wood.
1950 – 54 R.M.I.T. Fine arts and metalwork
1967 – 68 Ecole de Gravure de Geneve. Switzerland.
1969 – 71 Engraving Slough Institute of technology. U.K. Pottery
1980 – 82 Beaumaris Art Group. Pottery and mold making. David Potter
1983 Sculpture. Shirley Hawthorn
1988 – 89 Sculpture Ross London
1989 Watercolour. Moonyeen McNeilage
1990 Watercolour. Debbie Ford
1991 – 92 Watercolour. Faye de Pasquale
1993 Watercolour. Jean Carson Gray
1994 Sculptural ceramics and glazing. Rick Price
1982 Colonial House Gallery Brighton (solo)
1986 Colonial House Gallery Brighton (solo)
1987 Martin St. Gallery (solo)
1991 Makers Sandringham. (Beaumaris Bayside Painters)
1992 Association of Sculptors of Vic. Featured Sculptor at the Kew Rotary Art Show
1992 Puffinry Gallery Sherbrook
1993 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.
1996 Heidelberg Theatre Co. Featured Sculptor
1997 Makers Gallery Sandringham.
1997 Feature Sculptor – Rotary Club of Waverley – Annual Art Show
1998 Puffinry Gallery Sherbrook “The Eclectics’ Painting and Sculpture.
1999 Beaumaris Bayside painters. Makers Gallery paintings and sculpture
1998 Malvern Artists Society “The Eclectics” Group Exhibition.
1999 Moreland Sculpture Show.
2000 Manyung Gallery
2000 The Art Shed Gallery
2001 Okanui Gallery
2001 Lindens Annual Postcard Show.
2001 Ecliptic Gallery Malvern
2002 White Hill Gallery Dromana
1978 Beaumaris Art Group. Pottery open award
1987 B.A.G. Founding Presidents award for Ceramic Sculpture.
1988 B.A.G. Founding Presidents award for Ceramic Sculpture
1989 B.A.G. Open award for Pottery
1990 Rotary art show Kew. Best Sculpture.
1991 Yakkerboo Festival. First prize sculpture
1995 Combined Southern Art Groups. Best 3 dimensional
1995 Beaumaris Art Group – 1 st. Prize pottery
1995 Prize for best sculpture. Society for the Arts‚ Caulfield Grammar School. Sculpture acquired for the permanent collection. Caulfield Campus.
1996 Melbourne Women Painters and Sculptors – winner Mabel Pryde Memorial Award – Best Sculpture
1997 Rotary Club of Waverley Annual Art Show – The Eckersley Prize – Best Sculpture
1998 Melbourne Women Painters and Sculptors – Equal Winner Mabel Pryde Memorial Award
1999 Association of Sculptors of Victoria Members Exhibition- Winner of the William Hoggan Thomas and the Mabel Pryde Award – Best Sculpture
2000 Linden Annual Post Card Show. Winner. St. Kilda Art Supplies
Acquisitive Prize ( sculpture)
2001 Winner Contemporary Painting. Rotary club of Deniliquin Easter Art Exhibition.
2002 Eckersley Award Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
2001 The Telstra Countrywide Mildura show. Realist Art Exhibition. Winner of the best Watercolour
2002 Sculpture Deniliquin Rotary Easter Art show
2003 Included in the publication “Selected Contemporary Artists of
2004 Featured sculptor Brighton Rotary Art Show
2003 Principal Artist. St. Andrews Church Brighton Exhibition
2003 Winner Rick Price Ceramic Award Beaumaris Art Group.
2004 Included in the publication Elgee Park – Sculpture in the Landscape. by Ken Scarlett.
2007 Winner of the Sculpture award Beaumaris Art Group . Members Exhibition.
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