Local artists are the lifeblood of our region’s creative community. MAMA forms part of a vibrant regional and national cultural ecology. We aim to support the current generation and encourage the next by providing professional support and opportunities that complement those offered by arts and cultural organisations and communities across our region.
MAMA’s support for artists touches all potential aspects of an artistic career. These include: exhibition opportunities, acquisition of work for the permanent collection, sale of work through MAMA Store, employment as art tutors, staff and exhibition contractors, networking and professional development events and access to exceptional artwork and artists through our nationally-recognised exhibitions and public programs.
Opportunities to Exhibit
Local artists are considered for exhibitions via our proactive curatorial process. Additionally, local artists may apply to participate in:
MAMA Open Call Program
Each year, MAMA invites artists, artist groups, collaborative practitioners, curators and makers of all kinds to apply during our Open Call. Artists from all backgrounds and levels of experience are encouraged to apply - senior artists, emerging, mid-career, self-taught, established and academic artists alike. The opportunity to present painting, moving-image, photography, mixed media, sculpture, performance, sound, text-based work, ceramics, object-based and conceptual practices is provided as part of the great breadth of contemporary art that MAMA encourages, nurtures, desires and celebrates.
Applications for the 2018 Open Call are now closed. Successful artists were announced in late 2018.
The next Open Call will be held in April 2020, for exhibitions in late 2020 and 2021.
National Photography Prize
Founded in 1983, the MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize is one of the country's longest running celebrations of photography, and certainly the medium's oldest prize. The acquisitive, biennial award encourages artists working across all areas of the photographic field to enter. The National Photography Prize is open to all Australian citizens and residents.
Applications open for the 2020 National Photography Prize on 1 September 2019, and close on 30 September 2019.
Stay in Touch
To be kept up to date with the opportunities to exhibit in the Brindley Family Galleries program and National Photography Prize, please join our artist contact list.
While we are unable to accept unsolicited exhibition proposals, we do love to be kept up to date on your work and achievements. Please invite us to your exhibitions and events via firstname.lastname@example.org
Sell Your Work
MAMA Store is a showcase for Australian design, with a strong desire to support local makers and artisans. Many of our best selling items are made locally, including jewellery, scarves, homewares, and childrens toys.
If you would like to sell your work through MAMA Store, please contact Cirstin on (02) 6043 5800 or via email.
A key tenet of MAMA’s Collection Policy is the acquisition of works of art that highlight the strengths of artists and creative practitioners from the Albury-Wodonga region, extending into the southern New South Wales and the Eastern Victoria regions. Usually, acquisitions are made through commission or as a result of an exhibition thereby ensuring a strong connection to MAMA’s program. We also accept artwork donations through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. All acquisition proposals are subject to assessment and approval by the MAMA Advisory Committee.
Sale of Artwork
Exhibiting artists are encouraged to offer their work for sale if they wish to do so. As a public museum, MAMA does not directly facilitate the sale of work or take commission on sales, but we will ensure our vast network of art-interested collectors, curators and general public are introduced to your work.
As well as permanent staff members, MAMA employs a variety of casual and contractors that assist with the delivery of its exhibitions and mission.
Art educators and installation contractors are encouraged to check out our Opportunities page.
Arts professionals are welcome to keep an eye on our Jobs page for upcoming opportunities to join the MAMA team.
We believe local artists should have access to same level of opportunity afforded those to living in the major cities but we also acknowledge that distance from the major centres present challenges for artists living and working in a regional context.
MAMA is a place to meet exhibiting artists and network with local artists. We aim for a relaxed setting at our public programs where open conversation is encouraged. Our program includes exhibition opening receptions, conversations with exhibiting artists and curators, art courses and workshops, as well as focussed presentations on various elements of professional practice. Sign up to our newsletter, follow us on social media, or check out Programs & Events page
We encourage our local artists to actively participate in the local community and join in the national conversation:
- Join NAVA, the peak national body for artists
- Connect with Murray Arts, our local regional arts development organisation
- Stay abreast of opportunities provided by the Australia Council, Create NSW and Creative Victoria
- Attend everything! A strong creative community is built on mutual participation and support.