The Susan Moorhead Memorial Award

The Susan Moorhead Memorial Award was established by Charles Sturt University Visual Arts Faculty in 2002 in memory of artist Susan Moorhead (1947-1990). When this campus was closed, the money was transferred to the former 'Friends of the Albury Regional Art Gallery' to be held in trust. moMAMA (formerly 'The Friends') remains the custodian of this trust fund.

This award serves to honour Susan Moorhead's life of commitment to the arts. During her short but distinguished professional life Susan was an art teacher, exhibiting artist, designer, sculptor and master crafts person.

Administered by moMAMA, the Susan Moorhead Memorial Award is a biennial award to assist an emerging visual artist in the development and realisation of their professional career. The award defines an emerging artist as:

  • one who is not represented by a commercial dealer
  • who has not achieved independence through their work
  • who considers themselves an emerging artist

There is no age limit for entrants in the award, however artists must live and work in MAMA's catchment area. The catchment area is within the local government boundaries of Albury, Balranald, Berrigan, Conargo, Corowa, Deniliquin, Greater Hume, Jerilderie, Murray, Urana, Wakool and Wentworth in New South Wales and Indigo, Towong and Wodonga in Victoria.

The award grants the winner a $2,000 cash prize, a solo exhibition at MAMA within 18 months and an exhibition catalogue of the winner's solo exhibition

As per MAMA's Ethics Policy, those engaged in a committee position in an advisory support group, including moMAMA and the MAMA Art Foundation, and those receiving their primary income from AlburyCity are not eligible to enter.

The judging panel comprises three committee members of Arts Albury and the MAMA Director. The judging panel selects a shortlist from the entries to include in an exhibition of finalists. Judges acknowledge the importance of supporting emerging talent as they represent the next generation, or movement, in contemporary art.  In judging this award they look for conceptual intelligence and original thinking, relevance to the current time and a degree of professionalism in the execution of the work.

Read more about recent Susan Moorhead Memorial Award Acquisitions