Border Region, TAFE Services Manager Mark Guiney, says it is a win-win for both parties.
'There is a natural pipeline for arts education that starts with short courses and workshops for beginners. The MAMA Short Courses are affordable, accessible and held outside of work hours. They are a perfect appetizer for more substantial study, such as a Diploma or Bachelor of Visual Art; that NSW TAFE delivers on campus in Albury.’
Guiney added that expanding the number of art classes between our two venues, we create a critical mass of teaching opportunities locally which helps us attract and retain skilled artist educators. This in turn allows more programs to be delivered.
Since reopening their doors in 2015, MAMA has experience continuous demand for art classes. The two modest studios included in the redeveloped building initially hosted school workshops during the day, and a small selection of art classes after hours. Within the first five years, both studios were full on weeknights and weekends with regular courses and workshops, and a small garage at the Botanic Gardens depot had become home to a modest Ceramics studio.