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.

Against the Odds - On Herring Island

The Herring Island exhibition this year is our first hybrid online and real life exhibition. The virtual exhibition is up at https://sculptorsvictoria.asn.au/virtual-exhibition/2021-herring-island-summer-arts-festival. There are still images and videos. There is a brief welcome message from Gillian on the landing page of the online exhibition to make up for the lack of an opening day speech. We kept that as compact as we could - has anyone listened to it? How do you think it introduces the exhibition? Did you check the page out on opening day and marvel at Rob Anderson being able to get us the images so fast????? We have a slide show on negotiating the online exhibition here

We have managed (had completed automatically) three sales via the online purchase process - one a person standing in the exhibition and the others remotely after seeing the work in reality and then buying later. The fourth sale is a bit of paper warfare with a non-refundable deposit negotiated.

We have Covid safe protocols in place: manual or qr code contact tracing registration, hand sanitiser, single serve food at the opening and complete sculpture labels with qr code links so that people’s choice voting and indeed purchasing could be contactless. So far we have had quite a few manual votes in the people's choice. Interesting how Covid hasn’t made us all qr savvy. 

There are spare disposable face masks for those who want to visit and don’t have one on them. (Thanks Jude) Also Jude has been running clay play for all ages in the courtyard on Sundays... Many children are in the 30 to 50 year age group. 

Thanks to all the exhibitors and especially the helpers - the people at Parks Victoria, the coordinator for HISAF, Robert Lee, the kitchen angels Liddy and Marg, set up angels Gavin and Andrew, social media Aukje and her team, all the sitters and our intrepid photographer Rob Anderson.

It would be great if members, particularly those exhibiting, could look at the online presentation and give us your impressions. 

Even better if people could promote both virtual and real life exhibitions to their friends to spread the news. 

I’ll see you on the Island!
Jenny Rickards  ASV - HISAF coordinator

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