Six Local Artists Selected to Exhibit at MAMA in 2018

10 November 2017

Albury photographer Nat Ord, Tallangata based performance artist Ashlee Laing, local painter Meg Sprouster, and Wodonga based artist Cornelia Selover have had their work selected from over sixty artist’s applications by a panel of nationally recognised visual arts professionals.

These artists will be joined in the program by a survey exhibition of the work of deceased local painter Leon deMontainge, co-ordinated by author Peter Klein, of Bethanga, an exhibition titled The Watched featuring an international group of artists, and a solo presentation by Canberra based artist, Andrew Tennison.

Artists from across the local region and around the country were invited to apply to exhibit at MAMA in August this year. The sixty-five applications received were then assessed by local Waragerie (Wiradjuri) artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey and Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Gertrude Contemporary, Mark Feary with MAMA Director, Bree Pickering and MAMA Curator, Michael Moran. Proposals were assessed on grounds of innovation, artistic potential and relevance to a local audience.

This year the program has been updated to better reflect the supportive role MAMA plays in local art. With increased support this year from Create NSW, upgrades to the program have been instated. These include the removal of financial barriers to local artists seeking to exhibit at MAMA, such as the removal of hire fees and the payment of national-standard artist fees. MAMA staff will work closely with the selected artists on the development of their exhibitions, offering professional support, assistance with production and advice on advancing emerging careers.

The selection of artists for the 2018/19 program highlights the strength and breadth of creative practice in the region. Nat Ord works within the medium of documentary photography and will be exhibiting portraits of women of influence, courage and passion from Albury Wodonga and its surrounds. Ashlee Laing exhibits a strong social conscience in his performance art work and is developing a new and engaging project that will challenge many members of MAMA’s audience. The Watched is curated by Sydney based artist and gallery director Alex Gawronski. Gawronski has assembled a strong group of artists from across Australia as well as from Berlin and Singapore for a project that considers concerns around surveillance technologies. Meg Sprouster has been an active member of the Albury Wodonga Artists’ Society for many years and will be presenting a new series of landscape paintings, while Andrew Tennison, an artist originally from Albury, is developing a project that looks at this region’s migrant histories through the prism of speculative narrative photography.

In addition to these wonderful exhibitions, MAMA is honoured to be presenting Leon deMontainge: The life and death of an unknown painter.This exhibition will give audiences the opportunity to see examples of a life's work by an artist of formidable talent who sadly spent many years homeless in the Albury area, but who keenly observed and meticulously documented his surroundings.

Wodonga based artist Cornelia Selover has been selected to exhibit in MAMA’s Maurice Chick Family & MacLeod-Miller Adamshurst Gallery. This prestigious opportunity has been offered to Selover based on the quality of the work presented in her proposal and a desire to develop an outstanding exhibition in collaboration with MAMA. Selover will be presenting a series of recent works from her painting, sculpture, text and object based practice. The exhibition looks to be highlight of MAMA’s 2018 calendar and a wonderful example of the vital artworks being produced locally to Albury.

Man kneels next to wall with arm through hole in wall

Ashlee LAING
Untitled (Your representation is my undoing)
2nd Iteration
2013
Performance installation
Installation view (detail) 
Image courtesy of the artist.