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Open Call

Open Call is dedicated to presenting the work of artists from the Riverina Murray & North East Victoria region, as well as artists from beyond the region whose work is locally significant. Each year the successful applicants artwork form an important part of our exhibition program and celebrate the breath of contemporary art being made in and about our local area.

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Applications for Open Call are open all year round with a deadline set for inclusion in the following year's exhibition program.

Applications for the 2026 exhibition program close on Sunday 9 February 2025 at midnight.

Application Guidelines

  • Applications involve a short artist biography, an outline of your proposed project, and a selection of supporting material.
  • On the application form, you will be asked whether you are eligible for the Susan Moorhead Memorial Prize as an emerging artist from the local region.
  • Applications for the Open Call program are assessed by MAMA Curatorial and programming staff. The Susan Moorhead Memorial Award is assessed by a panel comprising the Head of Curatorial & Collections, a representative of the MAMA Art Foundation and a relevant community representative.
  • As per MAMA Ethics Policy, individuals receiving their primary income from AlburyCity, as well as those engaged in positions of support through the MAMA Advisory Committee and the MAMA Art Foundation are not eligible to apply.

Open Call

Each year, the Museum invites artists, artist groups, collaborative practitioners, curators and makers of all kinds to apply to our Open Call program. The program provides exhibition opportunities for local artists through our annual Open Call application process.

The Museum is committed to supporting and working with artists from our region, providing opportunities for artistic growth and professional development. Artists selected through the Open Call program are supported in the development of their exhibition with artist fees, assistance with production and professional guidance.

Artists from all backgrounds and levels of experience are encouraged to apply - senior artists, emerging, mid-career, self-taught, established and academic artists alike. The presentation of painting, moving-image, photography, mixed media, sculpture, performance, sound, text-based work, ceramics, object-based and conceptual practices is welcomed as part of the great breadth of contemporary art that the Museum nurtures, desires and celebrates.

Susan Moorhead Memorial Award

The Susan Moorhead Memorial Award is presented each year to an emerging artist from our local region. The Award is offered in conjunction with the Open Call program.

The $2000 prize is awarded to an artist whose work has been selected as part of the Open Call program and honours Susan Moorhead’s life of commitment to the arts. During her short but distinguished professional life Susan was an art teacher, exhibiting artist, designer, sculptor and master crafts person.

Funds for the Susan Moorhead Memorial Award are held in trust by the MAMA Art Foundation.

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We encourage our local artists to actively participate in the local community and join in the national conversation. A strong creative community is built on mutual participation and support:

Join NAVA, the peak national body for artists
Connect with Murray Arts, our local regional arts development organisation
Stay abreast of opportunities provided by Creative Australia
Follow opportunities via Create NSW
Keep up to date with Creative VIC
Have a look at Eastern Riverina Arts