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MAMA seeks new team to continue success

 Brook Garru Andrew in Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu, Murray Art Museum Albury, 2015. Photo Simon Dallinger.
Murray Art Museum Albury

AlburyCity will seek a new artistic team to lead MAMA, which has had more than 84,000 visitors since opening and will inject about $20M into the local economy in its first year, into the future.

MAMA Director Jacqui Hemsley is returning, as was planned, to her role of Cultural Services Group Leader and MAMA Curator Bianca Acimovic is returning to her home state of Queensland to pursue an outstanding opportunity as the Director of Rockhampton Art Gallery.

The changes follow an outstanding beginning for MAMA. The art museum had been predicted to inject $9.66M into the local economy in its first year, but that figure is now estimated to be closer to $20M - more than double expectations.

 “MAMA is now ready for a dynamic, experienced and ambitious Director to grab the reins and take this nationally recognised art museum and team to new heights as a regional arts leader."

Jacqui Hemsley, Director, Murray Art Museum Albury

“I’m very proud to see Bianca, MAMA’s first Curator, move on to a wonderful opportunity to be the director of her own gallery. It’s important that MAMA not only builds artistic careers but professional ones as well.

“I urge everyone to come and see SPEED: The Fast & the Curious, her farewell to MAMA, which opens on 20 August.”

AlburyCity's Community and Recreation Director James Jenkins thanked Ms Hemsley and Ms Acimovic for their dedication to MAMA.

“They have done a remarkable job for MAMA, for AlburyCity and for our community,” he said.

 “They have put MAMA on the map. We’re now seeking a new team to seize this incredible opportunity to take MAMA to the next level.”

Jacqui Hemsley, Director, Murray Art Museum Albury

Ms Acimovic’s last day will be the official opening of SPEED on Saturday 20 August.

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