Writing prior to the road map to Covid-normal is speculation - but the ASV intention is to run an exhibition program and adapt to the circumstances as creatively as we can.
The first exhibition of the year will undoubtedly have Covid19 restrictions on visitor numbers, mask wearing and mixing of sculptors from different parts of the state. So for Herring Island at least we are unlikely to have our usual opening. We are looking at adapting by using our online exhibition capacity to present the work to a wider audience whilst still taking advantage of being in an exceptional space.
Here are the bones of our program - feel free to discuss with committee, each other and the coordinators.
16 January to 7 February + online extension 2 weeks. Indoors, small works. See the article below.
MIFGS 24 to 28 March
outdoors, garden sculpture. Stand by for more information.
Annual & Awards
Bump in Wednesday 2nd June
Bump out Tuesday 15th June
We’ll wait and see what form this will take by this time next year.
12-14th November 2021
A large internal and external exhibition with major and minor sculpture acquisition prizes on offer.
• Up to 6 works per sculptor with all works for public sale.
• A great weekend in Gippsland sightseeing and networking with fellow sculptors.
• Selected artist talks
• No compulsory exhibition sitting
Artist bump in Friday 7am – 1pm
Opening & Announcement of awards
Gippsland Gallery Friday 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Sat 9am – 6pm Sun 9am – 4pm
Herring Is. Summer Arts Festival
January 2021 will be the first physical exhibition since the same exhibition in 2020 - that’s a long time when usually we would have had MIFGS, the Annual and Awards Exhibition and Tesselaar in the interim.
For MIFGS 2020 we ran the online exhibition. The format is now developed and is ours to use for the future. This will help us if we are restricted in the number of visitors at a physical exhibition. The online exhibition allows for 5 still images, a video and a sound file for each work. We also had an artist’s statement and PDF attachments to cover delivery and maintenance characteristics for each work. While the online exhibition is running, the coordinator can respond to emails from the public and manage secure online sales.
|Herring Island image Parks Victoria|
So the survey is designed to find out:
• How many works might people want to show on Herring Island
• Whether artists are prepared to pay extra to cover professional photography so that the online exhibition truly represents our work. For example the videos would be taken using a gimbal stabilizer to eliminate the amateur looking wobbles.
Thus far we have more than 60 works offered and a question over how we manage a 50/50 split on sculptor produced or professional imaging.
If we can have between 70 and 90 works to show I’d see the show split into two, two weekend shifts, one with professional photography and one with sculptor produced photography - I’d negotiate with the one sculptor who is opting for coordinator produced images. The online exhibition would run for the full four weekends with the second shift images being added in as they become available, and continue for a further two weeks after the end of the physical show to “mop up” any residual sales.
The online exhibition of course allows for midweek sales, so it’s an extension of possibility and worth a bit of effort.