Art Futures Panel

When: Saturday 20 January, 11.00am - 12.30pm

Where: MAMA, 546 Dean Street, Albury

Price: FREE

Thinking about pursuing a career in art?

There are many different pathways for study, gaining experience and building a career in the arts. MAMA has called upon a selection of artists and arts professionals to share their thoughts and experience, and answer questions about becoming an arts professional.

As part of the Year 12 Art Show, we encourage senior art students, recent graduates, aspiring and emerging artists to join in the lively discussion.


Grant Stevens
Grant is an artist who has held numerous solo shows across Australia as well as New Zealand, Italy and the United States. He is currently exhibiting at MAMA with The Sun Set, as part of the Art By Accident series.
Grant is Deputy Head of School – Art at Sydney’s UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA). He has also held academic and lecturing positions, including at the Queensland University of Technology, where he was awarded a PhD in 2007.
His artwork is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney and Starkwhite, Auckland.

Jo Davenport
Jo is an established contemporary oil painter, working full time in her Splitters Creek studio. Painting has always been a part of Jo’s life, with her formal education beginning at Albury Technical College in 1979. She continued with Fine Arts at CSU in Albury from 1984-6, however her career accelerated after she completed her Masters of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2011. She quickly gained attention from curators and collectors alike, with inclusion in a number of exhibitions, a residency at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in 2015, and solo exhibitions at MAMA in 2016 and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in 2017.
Jo has previously been a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize, the Chippendale World Art Residency Landscape Prize, Tattersall's Club Prize for Landscape, the R M McGivern Prize, and the recipient of The Langridge Painting Award, the Shelmedine Acquisitive Art Award, the Alliance Francaise Award and the Pigment Gallery Award.
Jo is regularly exhibits with and is represented by Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne and Arthouse Gallery, Sydney.

Marley Dawson
Marley is an artist working across sculpture, installation and occasionally performance. Marley graduated from Albury High in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours and a Master of Visual Art from Sydney College of the Arts. He is a current recipient of a Create NSW Regional Arts Fellowship. Marley has exhibited in Australia, the United States, France and Hong Kong. In 2016, he presented Construction (Barangaroo) a major installation on the Sydney Harbour foreshore as part of the inaugural Sculpture at Barangaroo program.
Marley is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 in Sydney and Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington DC.

Bree Pickering
Bree is the Director of MAMA. Bree was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with a major in History from the University of Sydney in 2007. Bree is terrible at art but good at art administration. She has worked as a Curator at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney and at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Before returning to Australia to lead MAMA, she was the Executive Director at Vox Populi, an experimental contemporary art space in Philadelphia, USA.

Tyler Grace
Tyler is a self-taught conceptual photographer based in Albury. An emerging artist, Tyler balances commercial photography work with artistic photography. He was a finalist in the 2016 National Photography Prize, was awarded the Susan Moorhead Memorial Prize in 2016’s MAMA Art Prize. He was the recipient of the Create NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship in 2016, a shortlisted finalist in the Australian Photography Awards 2016 and the Contemporary Art Awards 2017. Tyler presented his first solo exhibition The Chronic Diaries at MAMA in 2017. The Chronic Diaries went on to show as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2017, where it was selected as one of the Top 5 Critics Picks.

Bethany Thornber
Bethany is an emerging Aboriginal visual artist and is a new team member of Murray Arts as the Aboriginal Arts Curator at Burraja Gallery. After graduating Corowa High School in 2014, Bethany undertook a residency led by renowned Aboriginal artist Lorraine Connelly – Northey alongside other local female Aboriginal artists, for the ‘On Wiradjuri Country’ exhibition as part of the opening of MAMA. Bethany was a recipient of the Create NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship in 2015 which involved a six-month mentorship with Yorta Yorta artist Treahna Hamm and explored cultural values and beliefs as well as approach to contemporary Aboriginal practice as regionally based artists. In 2016 Bethany held her first solo exhibition at MAMA entitled ‘Mumula Giilang’: Grandfather Story.

Michael Moran | Panel Moderator
Michael is the Curator of MAMA. He was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) in 2004 from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. In order to eat during his years of study, Michael worked in bars, restaurants, childcare facilities and eventually in art galleries and auction houses, hanging pictures.
Between 2005 and 2007, Michael was a co-Director of the long-running Artist-Run-Initiative, Firstdraft Gallery. Over the subsequent years, Michael held various positions in visitor services, installation, exhibition management, conservation, collection management and forklift operation at numerous galleries and museums including Artspace, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sherman Galleries, Roslyn Oxley9 (all Sydney) as well as Whitecube, London and Hong Kong.
Prior to his appointment at MAMA, Michael was the Exhibitions Manager at Sydney’s Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation.