The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

MAMA This week­end, a new gallery opens its doors in Al­bury with a se­ries of elab­o­rate cel­e­bra­tions and sev­eral rooms set aside for art, in­clud­ing a com­mer­cial space. A pri­mary mo­ti­va­tion for the ex­pan­sion has been a de­sire to bet­ter show off Al­bury’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, which con­tains fa­mil­iar names, from Imants Tillers and Mike Parr to Ru­pert Bunny, Don­ald Friend, Charles Blackman, Lloyd Rees, Ian Fair­weather and Rus­sell Drys­dale, who once lived and worked in the area. The pho­tog­ra­phy col­lec­tion in­cludes the likes of Tracey Mof­fatt, Max Du­pain, Pa­tri­cia Pic­cinini, Bill Hen­son, Rose­mary Laing, Olive Cot­ton and Pet­rina Hicks. The ad­di­tional space will also host a se­ries of ex­hi­bi­tions, which in com­ing months in­clude Ola­fur Elias­son, Richard Bell, and Lautrec, De­gas and Dau­mier prints from the Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia. The open­ing show will be Wi­rad­juri Ngu­ram­banggu: over­seen by Bianca Aci­movic, MAMA’s first cu­ra­tor, it fea­tures work from five in­dige­nous artists, Brook An­drew among them, all of whom claim Wi­rad­juri her­itage.

Ash­leigh Wil­son MAMA Gallery, 546 Dean Street, Al­bury. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 6023 8154 or online. Wool­lahra Small Sculp­ture Prize Forty-three pro­fes­sional and emerg­ing sculp­tors are fi­nal­ists in this year’s cel­e­bra­tion of small sculp­ture, pro­duc­ing a record num­ber of 701 en­tries. Taxi­dermy, folded pa­per works, found ob­jects and wo­ven sculp­tures will fea­ture in the ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clud­ing work by Guan Wei, Robert Owen, John Ni­chol­son, Kathy Temin and Stephen Bird. Wool­lahra Coun­cil Cham­bers, 536 New South Head Road, Dou­ble Bay. Opens Fri­day. Ad­mis­sion free. Un­til Oc­to­ber 25. Grey Mat­ter Sculp­tures, screen print­ings and dig­i­tal videos, all cre­ated solely in black and white, ex­plore the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of bi­na­ries, whether they be ques­tions of light and dark, po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion, ethics or moral­ity. Cu­rated by Mark Feary, Grey Mat­ter in­cludes works by 22 artists in­clud­ing Charles Blackman, Mike Parr and John Nixon. Art­bank Waterloo Gallery, 222 Young Street, Waterloo. TuesSat, 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. Book­ings: (02) 9697 6000 or online. Un­til Novem­ber 28.

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