The opening of regional Australia’s major new cultural landmark, MAMA – Murray Art Museum Albury will see a celebration of art, music and food light up the streets of the city centre.
While MAMA officially opens to the public from 12pm on 2 October, the celebrations begin at 5pm. Friday night’s program is curated by Elizabeth Walsh – the former Artistic Director of Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island. The city’s main street will be closed to traffic as central Albury is transformed into a large-scale, family-friendly performance space. There will be an abundance of activity with roving entertainers, food trucks, a live music stage and attention grabbing light projections.
Highlights include performances by Strange Fruit who combine their skills in theatre, dance and circus on top of their signature swaying poles. Large snails and an enormous bumblebee will amuse spectators, while live music by three local emerging artists – singer-songwriter-musicians, Jessica Drummond, Adam Dwyer and Matt Ortiz – will provide the festival’s soundtrack.
The lighting of the 2014 McClelland Prize winner, Matt Harding will wrap the exterior walls of the new museum building with his sculpture. Exhibitions by leading contemporary artists include Deborah Kelly, Brook Andrew, Karla Dickens and Jonathan Jones. Australian artist, Craig Walsh’s projection will be unveiled on the façade of the Albury Entertainment Centre, which will depict an immersive fish tank inhabited by unusual fish, and can be viewed each night until 10 October.
Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)
Friday 2 October, 2015
New South Wales
Karla Dickens, Under the Act, 2015, mixed media, 45 x 48 x 24cm
Courtesy the artist and Murray Art Museum Albury, New South Wales
Jonathan Jones, Untitled (sponge), 2007, household sponge on canvas board; dimensions variable; installation view
Courtesy the artist, and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney. Photograph: Richard Glover