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Calling it Time

Back in 2004 when members of the ASV discovered that Maudie Palmer was no longer running Herring Island Summer Arts Programme we stepped up and started running exhibitions in the gallery "who wouldn’t?" we thought! The environmental sculpture park and gallery is a gift to Victoria and the art world. After two exhibitions we figured that we needed support from other arts groups and the collaboration that is the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival came to be.

I was there at the start as the ASV delegate and coordinator of the ASV show – I’ve had a ball – not to mention a few very relaxed lunches in the courtyard while the sitters got on with interacting with our visitors and talking about the art.

It’s now time for another team to take over and to put another stamp on the festival. Depending on what combinations of talents individuals bring to the table you can split the tasks in many ways. Plus of course administrative support is part of the general service that I run for all ASV exhibitions.

On the delegate side the job involves meeting to sort out the timing of each exhibition and coordination and interaction with people such as Parks Victoria, managing the very simple website, the HISAF Twitter account and Mail Chimp invitation list. These are skills that you will probably need for your own practice so where better to exercise them than with some friendly helpers to sort out any issues arising?

As coordinator of the simplest of the ASV exhibitions you don’t have the worry of prizes (beyond the people’s choice that we started this year) or sections. There are two set up days – one in December and the Friday immediately before the show starts. Since we generally launch the festival there is a bit of negotiation with the HISAF committee regards the running sheet for the opening and then it’s a walk in the park – literally – the whole way.

I am happy to mentor new coordinators as much or as little as you like – I’ve had a ball Herring Island and thank you – now it’s time to step aside and give someone else a go.

Jenny Rickards 0418 971 897, asv_hisaf@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au

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