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Murray Art Museum Albury, 2017
Image by Jules Boag

Yours was a behind the scenes look of a working art museum and a showcase of MAMA's ever expanding art collection, gathered over 70 years.

Albury’s public art collection began in 1947, with Albury Council’s initial investment of 75 pounds to the Albury Arts Society to create the first municipal Art Prize in NSW. The Albury Art Prize provided the foundation for the city’s art collection, which continued to develop via donations, acquisitions, cultural gifts, and a new prize, the National Photography Prize, commencing in 1983.

The collection has grown to include over 2000 works including artists such as Sir Russell Drysdale, Tracey Moffatt, Max Dupain, Arthur Wicks, Bill Henson, David Moore, Olive Cotton, Destiny Deacon, Francisco Goya, Norman Lindsay, Charles Blackman, Gordon Bennett, Wassily Kandinsky, Mike Parr, Rona Green, Imants Tillers, Alfred Eustace, Rosemary Laing, Fred Cress, Margaret Olley, Fiona Hall, and James Gleeson.

With the redevelopment of Albury Art Gallery into the current Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), the city constructed an exciting new facility in which to view, care for, interpret and grow the permanent collection. MAMA’s AAA-rated collection storage area is brimming with new donated works thanks to an outpouring of generosity since MAMA reopened in October 2015.

MAMA’s collection now spans generations, artistic genres, and trends. Yours invited visitors to get inside the collection and embrace it as their own.