Planning is under way for the 2009 festival. Records of last year's festival can be found on the festival blog site http://hisafnews.blogspot.com and the new program will go onto the main festival website as soon as it is finalised: http://vicnet.net.au/~hisaf. Amongst the improvements for next season are: improved gallery lighting, the faulty hot water service has been removed – so whilst we may have to boil the jug for hot water we won't be worried about burning the place down, the “trolley of doom” is being supplemented with more manageable trolleys to help with carting work to and from the gallery and we are currently investigating the acquisition of some sculpture stands – not enough for all of our exhibition but there should be enough to help out our less able bodied sculptors. The ASV will be exhibiting over Australia Day Weekend – this is BIG! We will run demonstration events, floor talks you name it – and we are pretty much guaranteed hordes of visitors. The ASV dates are: 24th, 25th, 26th January; 31st January, 1st February; and 7th and 8th February. Florence on the Yarra has changed hands so it is doubtful that we can arrange another Gala Preview opening as we did for the 2008 exhibition – however the door isn't closed and it was huge fun, so here's hoping.
Jenny Rickards 9836 2738