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.

Exhibiting large and expensive sculptures

Joe Taranto's "Morning Dew" at MIFGS 2018
Large sculpture - for example the Estate section of MIFGS - not only stands out on its own account but gives an exhibition a flavour and identity... but for the artist who produces that work there are costs not only in production but in transport, set up - and if you don’t sell it - storage. Plus the sculptors who produce these magnificent works are often country people whose studios can be larger and the neighbours further away... so more costs in travel and accomodation to exhibit in town.
For our long distance sculptors Regional Arts Victoria may be able to help with the additonal costs of travel and accomodation. http://www.rav.net.au/ but clearly the best support an artist can have is to sell their work to some appreciative person. So it’s worth making an effort to get more people in front of your work to get the appreciation and hopefully find the one who can give it a good home. An idea that the committee is investigating at the moment is sharing a part of our commission with commercial galleries who refer clients to our exhibition. It looks like a win-win to us - the commission on large works is enough to share and the artist has an increased chance of a sale that makes all that blood, sweat and tears worthwhile..

At the same time the ASV - due to the efforts of Elnaz and Beata and the Internet/social media savvy are pushing Instagram and Facebook to bring the visitors in.

If anyone has ideas or can help with promoting our work - in particular the big ones - do please contact the relevant exhibition coordinator.

And happy sculpting!
Jenny Rickards

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