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.

MIFGS Online

The new section of the ASV website is well underway. Sculptors are preparing material for their sculpture pages and the whole enterprise is making solid progress. So let’s “walk” through the exhibition:

We’ll deal with the desktop version here because that is what I have images for - the smart phone version is laid out to suit the different format.

On the ASV home page:
We’ll cover the launch and explanatory content in the News section.

The banner at the top of our home page will be converted to a graphic giving the dates for the online exhibition and will be a link to enter the exhibition.

The text on the landing page will read something like:
Welcome! This exhibition of sculpture was originally intended for the 2020 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.. The Sculpture Garden is now presented as an online exhibition in three virtual galleries, sorted according to scale. Sales and other enquiries can be made via the form on the individual sculpture details page
You can vote once in each of the three galleries for a sculpture to win the people’s choice award.

The viewer can click on one of the galleries or go through the entire exhibition.

Each gallery presents one view of each work for the viewer to scroll through.

When the viewer clicks on an image they will be taken to the details page for the work.

This is where the additional information is shown: Each sculpture can be described using up to five still images, a video and a sound file. We’ll show details such as edition, materials and scale and show the artist’s description of the work. Enquiries are directed through the coordinator. Sales can be made either by credit card or direct deposit. The credit card facility is new to the website (as opposed to “Albert”, the EFTPOS machine we use at exhibitions currently) and can now be used for all online transactions such as subscriptions and entry fees etc.

Paul Cacioli and Susie Ashkenazi have been seriously active pursuing grants for this project.

The cancelling of MIFGS in the Carlton Gardens drastically reduced the number of sculptors exhibiting in the now online exhibitions - we have gone from 139 sculptures to 77.  This doesn’t just give a chance to those sculptors who are exhibiting but also enables us to test this method of exhibiting. If we were to use this facility in conjunction with our “real” exhibitions we would be able to use professional images - to the relief of those sculptors for whom it is not their preferred art form.

We will of course use all our social media facilities and our email invitation list to promote the exhibition. Well done to everyone rising to this challenge and good luck!

Paul Cacioli Coordinator & Jenny Rickards administrative support

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