The Awards

The MAMA Art Prize is a biennial acquisitive art prize for emerging artists from the Murray region . It is dedicated to innovation and excellence across contemporary, traditional and new media genres.

The inaugural MAMA Art Prize is valued at over $15,000 shared between four awards:

1. MAMA Art Prize Acquisitive Award

The MAMA Art Prize Award is for the submission judged to be the most outstanding of the year.
The winning artist will receive $3,000 and a solo exhibition in the Maurice Chick and Sandra McLeod-Miller Adamshurst Gallery at MAMA in 2017, with a supporting exhibition catalogue, valued at $7,000. 

The winning work will be acquired for the MAMA Collection.

2. Susan Moorhead Memorial Acquisition Award

The Susan Moorhead Memorial Award was established in memory of artist Susan Moorhead (1947–1990) and honours her commitment to the arts.

The award aims to assist emerging artists from the region in developing and realising their career goals. The winner will receive $2,000, and the winning work will be acquired for the MAMA Collection.

3. Jennifer Bowskill Acquisition Award for Photography

The Jennifer Bowskill Award was established in 2015 by Jennifer to recognise the work of female photographers over the age of 35.

The award aims to build the representation of Australian photography in Australian art collections and to celebrate this art form. The winner will receive $1,500, and the winning work will be acquired for the MAMA Collection.

4. MAMA Indigenous Acquisition Award

The MAMA Indigenous Acquisition Award is aimed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists as part of a long-term commitment to deepening the representation of our region's Indigenous artists in visual art and museum collections.

Founded in 2015 to celebrate the scope, diversity and excellence of works by Indigenous artists practising in the region, the award acknowledges the significant and ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society. The winner will receive $1,500, and the works will be acquired for the MAMA Collection.

Eligibility Criteria

Definition of Regional

The regional boundaries for the MAMA Art Prize are those of the Albury Regional Development Board and Murray Arts.

The award is open to individual artists working in any area of the visual arts and living in the shire/LGA of Wentworth, Balranald, Wakool, Conargo, Murray, Urana, Jerilderie, Berrigan, Greater Hume, Deniliquin, Corowa, Albury, Wodonga, Indigo or Towong.

Definition of Emerging

MAMA uses the NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts) definition, which states that an emerging artist:

  • has practiced as a professional artist continually for less than 5 years
  • wishes to develop their career in their chosen art form