The MAMA Art Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA).
We believe the museum is an important cultural resource for the Murray region. It is a place where our community can be challenged, inspired and stimulated. An institution that believes in the power of art and artists, and an institution that cares for the city’s art collection.
Founded in 1988, the then Albury Regional Art Foundation began with a vision to establish a significant art collection for our city, and to encourage deeper participation and appreciation of arts in the region. Working in collaboration with the Albury Regional Art Gallery, the Foundation began fundraising for new artworks, facilitating donations of artwork to the collection, and funding critical maintenance on collection artworks. The Foundation also became primary sponsor of the National Photography Prize (which had begun in 1983) and also managed the John & Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship.
The Foundation joined with the community to support the redevelopment of the Albury Regional Art Gallery in 2015. MAMA, the new museum expanded the capacity of the permanent collection (and its care), as well as expanding the scope for programming and engagement.
Now known as the MAMA Art Foundation, the Foundation continues to provide important philanthropic support to the museum, its collection, and its vision to enrich the cultural life of the Murray region.
A major project of the Foundation’s continues to be the biennial National Photography Prize, for which it provides a $30,000 acquisitive first prize, and the John & Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship for an emerging artist in the Prize.
From 2019, the Foundation became custodians of the Susan Moorhead Memorial Award, a biennial award