Albury Art Prize
Showcasing contemporary Australian art practice, the Albury Art Prize brings together artists from all over Australia and disciplines ranging from installation to moving image and from photography to painting.
It was established in 1947, when Albury City Council contributed 75 pounds ($150) for the first municipal art prize in New South Wales.
The award was managed by the Council for the Encouragement of Music and Art and its successor the Albury Arts Society until 1974, when it became the responsibility of Albury City Council.
During this period the prize was a sum of money available to purchase artworks. It brought a number of important additions to the collection, including work by Roger Kemp, Gareth Jones Roberts, Reinis Zusters, Fred Williams and Elwyn Lynn.
In 1980 the prize became non-acquisitive and was restricted to artists working in the local region. For many years the focus remained on investing in the careers of regional artists. The prize was used to help them develop professional exhibitions with high-quality promotional material and professional standards.
In 2009 the prize became open to all Australian residents and the overall winner has received an international residency, valued at $20,000, for professional development of their art practice. They also receive a solo exhibition at MAMA of the work they produce as a result of the residency, and the opportunity to tour the exhibition throughout the regional galleries network. From this solo exhibition the gallery's Acquisitions Committee identifies works for acquisition for MAMA.
After the Albury Regional Art Gallery redeveloped in 2015, the Prize transitioned to become the MAMA Art Prize, being held for one final time in 2016.