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.

ASV Exhibitions 2021

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.

Herring Island

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

Victorian Artist Society Galleries. 
Bump in Wednesday 2nd June
Bump out Tuesday 15th June
Indoor Sculptures


We’ll wait and see what form this will take by this time next year.

Proposed Exhibition

Location - SALE Gippsland
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
Exhibition hours:                                                                                                  
Sat 9am – 6pm   Sun 9am – 4pm
Removal of works  Sunday 4.30pm – 8pm
ASV in partnership with Wellington Shire Council, Gippsland Art Gallery Sale and NFP Fundraising Partner Wildlife Victoria. 

Herring Is. Summer Arts Festival

Herring Island Gallery is the smallest venue used for ASV exhibitions. There is also the excitement of getting the work across the Yarra and up the hill to the gallery... it’s always an adventure and always worth it. So why are we considering changing the format for exhibitions in 2021?

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
Since we haven’t had a physical exhibition for a while there might well be some pent up demand to exhibit, to view and even to buy sculpture - we can but hope - and we should allow for the possibility.

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.

So please - any member who would like to exhibit on Herring Island please give us an indication so that we can plan appropriately. The survey is here:  https://forms.gle/EKJ4dWsT7WiGZ9R59 

Jenny Rickards ASV-HISAF coordinator
asv_hisaf@sculptorsvictoria.asn.au 0418 971 897 

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