Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) is pleased to announce the Russell Mills Foundation Photography Acquisition Series, a biennial $50,000 acquisition program that will add major works of Australian photography to the Museum’s collection. The first acquisition comprises works from Destiny Deacon’s iconic 2001 series Forced into Images and will be on view at the Museum from 10 September 2021.
Through the Russell Mills Foundation Photography Acquisition Series, significant works by Australia’s leading artists will be acquired and will build upon the generous gift of the Russell Mills Collection to the Museum in 2015. The acquisitions will focus on work by artists who speak to the urgent issues of our time and who work with the strong ethos of social justice that is central to the Russell Mills Foundation.
The Russell Mills Foundation’s generous support extends the Foundation’s relationship with the Museum that began in 2015 with the gift of the Russell Mills Collection. This significant donation dramatically enhanced the Museum’s holdings of 20th and 21st Century Australian photography with fifty works by artists including Olive Cotton, Petrina Hicks, David Moore, Max Dupain, and Michael Riley. In 2018, the Foundation supported the acquisition of the complete series of Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Michael Riley’s flyblown. In addition to the acquisition, support was provided for new scholarship on the series by the celebrated Bandjalung curator Djon Mundine.