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.