This year the program has been updated to better reflect the supportive role MAMA plays in local art. With increased support this year from Create NSW, upgrades to the program have been instated. These include the removal of financial barriers to local artists seeking to exhibit at MAMA, such as the removal of hire fees and the payment of national-standard artist fees. MAMA staff will work closely with the selected artists on the development of their exhibitions, offering professional support, assistance with production and advice on advancing emerging careers.
The selection of artists for the 2018/19 program highlights the strength and breadth of creative practice in the region.
Nat Ord works within the medium of documentary photography and will be exhibiting portraits of women of influence, courage and passion from Albury Wodonga and its surrounds. Margaret Sprouster has been an active member of the Albury Wodonga Artists’ Society for many years and will be presenting a new series of landscape paintings.
Leon deMontignie: The Life and Death of an Unknown Painter will give audiences the opportunity to see examples of a life's work by an artist of formidable talent who sadly spent many years homeless in the Albury area, but who keenly observed and meticulously documented his surroundings.
Ashlee Laing exhibits a strong social conscience in his performance art work and is developing a new and engaging project that will challenge many members of MAMA’s audience. Wodonga based artist Cornélia Selover will be presenting a series of recent works from her painting, sculpture, text and object based practice. The exhibition looks to be highlight of MAMA’s 2018 calendar and a wonderful example of the vital artworks being produced locally to Albury.