RAW is an annual open call for young people from the Murray region. Artists aged 16 – 21 are invited to submit an artwork, or a small series of artworks, for consideration for a group exhibition.
RAW aims to highlight the creative strengths of local young people, inviting those with a passion for art – whether they are attending school, are formally trained or none of the above – to present their work in a professional gallery setting and showcase their practice to a broader audience. Of a record number of applications received, twelve artists have been selected to participate in the 2024 exhibition: Alexander Leeworthy, Benny Mills, Brigitte Ford, Ella Spokes, Emily Dove, Jack Walter, Jairus Smerdone, Logan Warnaar, Madeleine Steer, Opal Davidson, Sophie Swinton and Toby Robinson.
The 2024 exhibition will present timely themes around self-identity, mental health and body positivity, while others draw inspiration from history and mythology. Visitors will experience a range of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, digital media, sculpture and installation.
An important component of the RAW program is a series of professional development workshops with participating finalists, led by MAMA curatorial staff. The workshops introduce and support concept development, artwork preparation, exhibition installation and public programming, as well as feedback for future projects. This provides a space for young local artists to come together, develop skills, collaborate, and have agency in the generation and output of the RAW exhibition and related public programs.
RAW24 will open to the public Friday 2 February 2024.