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.

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. 

Herring Is. image Parks Victoria

For MIFGS 2020 we ran the exhibition online. 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. 

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.

We’ve been running a survey of members to see who would put work into the exhibition and who would prefer to take their own images rather than pay for professional photography. So far there are proposals for 70 works with a fifty fifty split between professional and sculptor produced images.  I put in an ambit claim with Parks Victoria for two, three weekend exhibitions and the usual pre Christmas drop off (if some sculptors are lucky enough to go away for a summer holiday). The online exhibition of course allows for midweek sales, so it’s an extension of possibility and worth a bit of effort. We will of course make the most of whatever opportunities we get.

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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