We cooperate as an association to advance the practice of sculpture and the reputation and appreciation of sculpture and sculptors in the community. This is regardless of whether or not we make a living from sculpture and regardless of our preferred style or medium. To this end we support artists’ moral rights, we advocate a professional attitude to the production and presentation of work and encourage the artistic and intellectual stimulation of interaction amongst artists of all persuasions.

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER and GARDEN SHOW 2016

The wheels are now in motion, somewhat unbelievably, for the preparation of the exhibition for the forthcoming ASV MIFGS Sculpture Exhibition, which will be held from 16th to 20th March 2016, which is a little earlier than is usually the case.

As much as I have enjoyed the opportunity over a number of years to present a professionally organised and curated exhibition to members, I would like to inform you that the next ASV MIFGS Sculpture Exhibition will be my final in the role of curator. It is definitely time to hand the baton on to someone or others to progress the exhibition into its next phase/era.

Hence, this is the ideal time for me to mentor someone or a group of people in the role and duties of curating a large-scale sculpture exhibition. I acknowledge that most of you reading this are quietly shying away from wanting to be involved ... I understand ... we’re all time-poor ... we’re all too busy ... but the load and the knowledge around ASV needs to be shared across a broader base of the membership.

Irrespective of all the stuff that needs to be done and organised for MIFGS it is without doubt a very stimulating and fulfilling role to undertake. At times it is inspiring ... and that alone makes the hard work bearable.

The committee will provide its usual unwavering support. The publicity team is raring to go and do its grand stuff. And we all know that Jenny Rickards is always there behind the scenes tirelessly performing her magic.

Surely there is someone or a group of you out there in ‘ASV Land’ that would like to have a crack at organising a pretty special sculpture exhibition. There are some great skills to be acquired that can hold you in good stead for your creative practice. There is the opportunity to work very closely and collegially with fellow sculptures. This is definitely something you can put on your artistic resume.

Bottom line for MIFGS 2016 is that I require at least one person, maybe two people, who are willing to assist me in keying entry form information into the database ... I know it’s tedious, but the database is the cornerstone to so many facets of organising the exhibition ... maybe there is someone out there who is wild about data entry ... or possibly, hopefully, someone who is able to assist with some of the grind.

And if there is someone who would like to take on the role of curator in 2017 I would more than happily mentor them through the process.

Give it some thought, comrades. I can be contacted on 0429 336 639.

And last, but not least, I am looking forward to seeing all your creative imaginations transpire into three-dimensional outpourings for MIFGS 2016.
 

Thanks for listening.
Mark Cowie

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