MAMA seeks new team to continue success

28 July 2016

AlburyCity will seek a new artistic team to lead MAMA, which has had more than 84,000 visitors since opening and will inject about $20M into the local economy in its first year, into the future.

MAMA Director Jacqui Hemsley is returning, as was planned, to her role of Cultural Services Group Leader and MAMA Curator Bianca Acimovic is returning to her home state of Queensland to pursue an outstanding opportunity as the Director of Rockhampton Art Gallery.

The changes follow an outstanding beginning for MAMA. The art museum had been predicted to inject $9.66M into the local economy in its first year, but that figure is now estimated to be closer to $20M - more than double expectations.

Ms Hemsley said: “MAMA is now ready for a dynamic, experienced and ambitious Director to grab the reins and take this nationally recognised art museum and team to new heights as a regional arts leader.

“I’m very proud to see Bianca, MAMA’s first Curator, move on to a wonderful opportunity to be the director of her own gallery. It’s important that MAMA not only builds artistic careers but professional ones as well.

“I urge everyone to come and see SPEED: The Fast & the Curious, her farewell to MAMA, which opens on 20 August.”

AlburyCity's Community and Recreation Director James Jenkins thanked Ms Hemsley and Ms Acimovic for their dedication to MAMA.

“They have done a remarkable job for MAMA, for AlburyCity and for our community,” he said.

“They have put MAMA on the map. We’re now seeking a new team to seize this incredible opportunity to take MAMA to the next level.”

Ms Acimovic’s last day will be the official opening of SPEED on Saturday 20 August.

“I'm very proud of this exhibition and we're going into overdrive for SPEED's opening. We're even closing Dean Street for a street parade of vehicles from 9.30am on Saturday 20 August for the opening of the exhibition," Ms Acimovic said.

Tickets to SPEED: The Fast & the Curious are available now at mamalbury.com.au and at MAMA, 546 Dean St.