We are currently busy organising the 2023 edition.

For all entry information, forms and documents please see the Application Forms page.
2023 Herring Island Summer Arts Festival
Exhibition description

2023 will be the eighteenth Herring Island Summer Arts Festival. We have benefited from the collaboration between arts groups: the administration and publicity side is easier and more effective, the public has a festival instead of an isolated exhibition to visit and artists have the opportunity to work together and “cross pollinate”. 

In 2023 there will be three exhibitions: the ASV - “Connection”; then we welcome the Valley Potters with an exhibition of ceramics and following on, the Contemporary Art Society Vic will run the national A4 Art Exhibition.

Herring Island is accessible only by boat - or swimming - so it offers an adventure on the doorstep of the CBD. 

There are a number of larger sculptures on permanent display on the island. These have been chosen or commissioned by Maudie Palmer and constitute an important part of Melbourne’s cultural life.

The Friends of Herring Island have spent years revegetating the island - it looks like native bushland but reading through the history tells you a very different story.

In 2023 the ASV exhibition will launch the festival - we are planning an opening/launching celebration.

This will be an exhibition of smaller works, both because of the access - via Parks Victoria’s punt and because the courtyard will be used for hospitality for our visitors.

There will be a small pre- Christmas drop-off of works for people who can’t be at set-up on 13th January. Could you please note on your entry form whether you will deliver your work then. The exhibition will be run in conjunction with an online exhibition of the work. The online exhibition enables online sales and voting in the People’s Choice Award. The online show will run from 14th January to 20th February. Photography will take place at set up and images uploaded to the online exhibition by the opening of the exhibition. We are aiming for a top quality online exhibition to support the physical exhibition. 

Start Date
14 Jan 2023
End Date
05 Feb 2023
Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park
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How to apply?
To apply, please visit the Application Forms area and follow the instructions.

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