Giving to the MAMA Collection
We rely on the generous support of donors and artists to maintain and grow our permanent collection and to contribute towards specific projects. Some of our greatest treasures have been donated from private collections or purchased with donated funds.
It's through private support that we are able to achieve excellence in conservation, digitisation, exhibitions, educational programs, and acquisitions.
Your donation is essential to increasing our capacity to acquire new works. You can give to the collection through a number of ways including donation, our Cultural Gifts Program or by bequest.
How it works
MAMA's dedicated staff members coordinate all offers of donation. Before we accept works, they are considered against our Cultural Assets Development and Management Policy, existing collection holdings, provenance, conservation requirements and storage constraints.
We'll only accept works that you legally own. We cannot accept works that belong to someone else, have been stolen, or have been illegally exported from their country of origin or illegally removed from archaeological, historic or significant sites.
Please read the guidelines before making a donation.
The first step should be to contact MAMA and speak to one of our staff about your gift. We'd prefer you didn't post or drop off works before an agreement is made on whether or not we are going to accept your donation.
We also encourage you to complete the donation information form.
If we are interested in your gift, we will arrange to view the work.
Once we receive your offer, it will be considered by the Advisory Committee which meets every two months. If the committee agrees to proceed, an officer will be assigned to complete the donation process. As part of this process, we may contact you for further information.
The entire process can take several months, but the assigned officer will keep you informed.
There is no guarantee that we will be able to accept all works that are offered for donation.
What happens to my donation once accepted?
Donated works assessed as significant will be registered as part of the MAMA Collection. Under the terms of a Gift Certificate, these donations become the property of MAMA.
We'll ensure the long-term preservation of your donation by:
- Creating a record of the works including photographs and digitisation of record information on the Collection database
- Providing conservation treatment where required
- Packing and storing the works
- Maintaining your donation in the Collection Store; and
- Limiting access to items to maintain long-term preservation.
Donated works that are part of the MAMA Collection may be:
- Publicly shown in exhibitions and displays;
- Examined by researchers to contribute to our understanding of Albury and the region's history, society, culture and environment;
- Borrowed under standard AlburyCity loan procedures; and
- Viewed in the Collection Store by prior arrangement.
If we already have works in our collection similar to your donation, we may accept your donation to become part of the MAMA – Learning and Outreach programs. These works are loaned to schools and institutions or used in workshops.
We can't provide valuations of your works. Depending on the type of item you're seeking to have valued, you could check online auction sites or contact an antique dealer, auction house or an independent valuer.
A list of valuers is available via the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program website. The Cultural Gifts Program provides tax incentives for donations of culturally significant items from private collectors to public institutions.
Will my donated works go on display?
There is no guarantee that your works will ever be on public display, but we always try to make the collection available to the public for research and education purposes. All works that are accepted as donations are important to us, whether they are on display or not.
Can I ask for my gift to be returned after I've donated it?
Unfortunately not. Once you have donated an item it becomes the property of MAMA. However, anyone can access information about works in the collection through the museum.
Like to find out more?
We're happy to answer any questions about donating to MAMA.
Contact MAMA for more information