Dobell Exhibition Grant recipient announced for 2020

We are pleased to announce Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) as the recipient of the Dobell Exhibition Grant for 2020 for their exhibition Notes from the Field.

The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum.

Notes from the Field explores the practice of fieldwork as a vital creative process by examining ways artists deploy fieldwork to undertake research, formulate ideas and express creativity.

The exhibition will be presented from 19 June – 30 August 2020 and is a collaboration between MAMA and the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture’s [B–CSC], celebrating its tenth anniversary and its significant contribution as a regional arts initiative. The exhibition is curated by Madelynne Cornish (B-CSC), Philip Samartzis (B-CSC) and Michael Moran (MAMA). Notes from the Field will include new artworks from national and international artists working across various disciplines including printmaking, photography, installation, moving image, sound, music and dance.

Australian and international artists include Daniela d’Arielli [IT], Andrew Tetzlaff, Jeremy Baker, James Geurts, Felix Wilson, Lesley Duxbury, Madelynne Cornish, Shannon Leah Collis [US], Michael Vorfeld [DE], Shelley Lasica, Eugene Ughetti, Philip Samartzis and Bridget Chappell.

Notes from the Field invites artists to share their working methodologies as an integral part of the process of production and exhibition. This exchange of knowledge will provide audiences with a unique insight into the artists’ thinking and creative processes to reveal the attendant complexities underpinning them. As part of Notes from the Field, B–CSC will also establish its first dedicated residency program for Aboriginal artists, working closely with MAMA’s Curatorial Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs to ensure meaningful engagement.

During the exhibition, a series of free public performances and artist talks will be held at the museum and in neighbouring community venue. Additional performances will be staggered across the ten-week season re-engaging audiences. iPads will be used to disseminate pre-recorded artist interviews, photo documentation of fieldwork, and soundscape compositions from the B–CSC archive. The exhibition and attendant performance and public engagement programs will be used to frame the work the B–CSC has undertaken in the Australian Alps since 2010 investigating the social, industrial and environmental changes shaping the region.



The Foundation was formed in 1971 from the artist’s bequest with instructions that “a Foundation be established for the benefit and promotion of art in NSW.”

Since then, the Foundation has sponsored a wide variety of projects and is best known for the Dobell Drawing Prize, which ran for 20 years at the Art Gallery of NSW and evolved into the new Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial in 2014, and the recently launched new Dobell Drawing Prize which will run in alternative years to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial. The inaugural exhibition at the National Art School of The Dobell Drawing Prize will take place from 28 March to 25 May 2019.

The Foundation supports acquisitions to public collections, as well as publications, films and educational programs, including the annual Dobell School of Drawing at the National Art School, Sydney, for 75 Year 11 students from regional NSW.

The Dobell Exhibition Grant is supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation and managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

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