As a result of the 2020 Open Call, the artists selected to exhibit at MAMA in 2021 include Riverina-based artist Julia Roche’s series of abstract landscapes created by exposure to outside elements; a sculptural piece by Albury-born Trevor Orford inspired by landscape artist J.M.W. Turner and Chiltern-based artist Kirrily Anderson’s ink drawings reflecting on the local environment and the bushfires that have affected the Upper Murray and Alpine regions.
The 2022 program continues with Fijian-Indian-Australian artist Shivanjani Lal highlighting the importance of rivers and how they connect communities; a textural installation by Stanley-based artist Mary-Rose Riley exploring the process of healing and a series of sculptural assemblages responding to the granite outcrops of Beechworth to the flows of the Murray River by Beechworth artist Julianne Piko.
Sydney artist Otis Burian Hodge will present an archive of photographs which document regular childhood family trips to visit his grandmother who migrated to Albury in 1953; an environmental project by Albury artist Vicki Luke will reflect on the endangered lives of the Sloane’s froglet in the local area and Gillian Kayrooz, an artist from Western Sydney, will present a photo-media exhibition capturing local spaces that display the influence and evolution of the migrant experience in Albury Wodonga.
Exhibiting artists will also be invited to give talks, workshops, tours and performances to augment their exhibition, and give the community an opportunity to engage directly with the artists.
MAMA is committed to supporting and working with artists from the Murray region by providing opportunities for career expansion and artistic growth, believing in the power of art and artists to inspire, challenge, and strengthen our community.