Permanent collection finds a stunning new home at MAMA

16 September 2015

The highly anticipated opening on 2 October of MAMA, one of regional Australia's largest and best-equipped museums, marks an exciting new era for Albury City's extensive permanent collection, begun in 1974 when Council took over as custodian and manager of the Albury Art Prize Collection.

Now, for the first time, the best of the collection of more than 2400 paintings, works on paper, sculptures and objects will be exhibited under the one roof in MAMA's sophisticated and high-tech new gallery spaces.

Visitors to MAMA will be able to enjoy works by leading 20th century Australian painters including one-time Albury resident, Russell Drysdale, his colleague Donald Friend, Charles Blackman, Mike Parr and Fred Williams.

Begun during the 1960s and now including more than 600 works, the former Albury Regional Art Gallery's extensive photographic collection will also be showcased, featuring many well-known contemporary artists including Max Dupain, Rosemary Laing and Tracey Moffatt.

MAMA visitors will also be able to view items from several important bequests such as Tang Dynasty ceramics, Indonesian masks and a variety of rare Asian antiquities.

MAMA Director Jacqui Hemsley said she was excited and proud of the role MAMA would play in providing an innovative new showcase for its existing collection and as a new and dynamic focus for the creative arts in the region.

"MAMA is peppered with new commissions by regional artists, from carpet design to seating, door knobs, tiles, lighting and furniture. Outdoors, we have (2014 McClelland Sculpture Prize winner) Matthew Harding's stunning 'art skin' soon to be unveiled, as well as projections, public sculpture in QEII Square and lighting projections.

"The coming of MAMA is undoubtedly a very exciting time for Albury and for regional Australia," Ms Hemsley said.

Pictured: Pretty Boys, Rona Green 2005 (part of MAMA's permanent collection)