ART GALA 2020 postponed due to museum closure

The National Photography Prize programs and events have been postponed, due to the current public health crisis.

The Prize announcement, artist talks, and the MAMA Art Foundation ART GALA 2020 fundraising dinner have all been postponed until further notice. PHOTO2020 festival has been postponed until 10 – 29 September. The museum will attempt to align their programs with the festival, however, that may not be possible.

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Behind Scenes Tour

Members of the Art Foundation enjoyed an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Collection Store with MAMA Curator Michael Moran. As well as enjoying some festive drinks and canapes, members were able to see newly acquired works, including ‘Recent Writings’ by Mitch Cairns, above. Rarely seen artworks were pulled out from storage, as well as works that required critical care. Everyone enjoyed getting to know a little more about the kind of long term maintenance that needs to be considered when bringing an artwork into the collection, and potential challenges that the MAMA Collection will face in years to come. 

Certain Realities Preview

On the eve of the official opening, members of the MAMA Art Foundation were invited to preview MAMA’s new major exhibition, Certain realities. A number of exhibiting artists were present for the occasion, and members were treated into personal insights into the works by the artists and curator Michael Moran. 

Two works from Certain realities were purchased for the MAMA Collection. Anna Kristensen’s hyper-real painting, Desert Window (above), and Archie Moore’s collection of provocative t-shirts Shirtfront.

Landmarks Opening – September 29th 2017

Our guests were invited to dine with special guests Michael Brand, Director AGNSW, Jacquie Riddell, Director Public Engagement AGNSW, Ashley Dawson Damer AGNSW Trustee, Georgia Connolly, Manager Exhibitions Loans & Touring AGNSW and Tony Bond OAM Landmarks Curator.

Dinner followed the exhibition opening of Landmarks – a significant exhibition comprising works from some of the world’s most influential artists including Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long, Simryn Gill, Imants Tillers, and Andreas Gursky, as they explore and observe their relationship with the environment.

Lucky table prize winners for the evening included Rossie Hennessy, Andrea Palmer, Jed Brooks & Richard Howell.