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Applications Now Open for Local Artists

Ken Raff, The Stage (detail), 2021. MAMA Installation View. Photo Jeremy Weihrauch
Murray Art Museum Albury

For the last 5 years, Murray Art Museum Albury has invited applications from local artists to present an exhibition at the museum.

In 2021, Open Call artists included Barb Strand, Ken Raff, Julia Roche, Trevor Orford, and Kirrily Anderson alongside a curated show of photographs of the late Burrumbuttock photographer Olive Odewahn. "These exhibitions have been some of the most popular with our visitors" says MAMA Director Bree Pickering. "Our visitors enjoy seeing work that reflects the local region, and presents the perspective of local people. The Open Call program is just one way in which we ensure that local artists have a continued presence in the museum."

Curator Michael Moran is looking forward to seeing this year's applications. "It's a great opportunity for artists to get their work in front of us. It is a key way for us to find out what is happening in the region, what artists are thinking about and making.

This year, the museum is encouraging artists to expand their ideas beyond solo exhibitions and present ideas including group shows and collaborations. Curators are also invited to submit applications.

 "There is no better way to get your work noticed than to put in an application."

Michael Moran

"Artists are given over a year to prepare their exhibition" continues Moran. "This gives time for ideas to expand and mature, and gives artists the opportunity to work with the full expertise of the museum."

Whether you have applied before, or its your first time, the museum team encourages you to consider applying this year. Applications are welcome from artists in the Riverina Murray & North East Victorian regions.

"There is no greater joy for us than to know that we helped an artist lift their practice and produce an exhibition that not only makes them proud, but moves and excites our audience. That collaborative effort is the difference. It's the professional experience and support artists need, right in their home region." concludes Pickering.

Anyone interested in applying for the Open Call are invited to a relaxed information session on Wednesday 16 March at 6pm, at MAMA, hosted by Michael Moran.