White Light celebrates the play of light in artwork. The theme is explored in a broad array of styles by the members of Albury-Wodonga Artists Society. The Albury Wodonga Artists Society (AWAS) was first formed in 1987, with the aim of encouraging member's artistic talents, developing skills, and sharing the endeavour of creating art.

AWAS has members of all abilities, styles, and experience from around the Border region, including Albury, Wodonga, Beechworth, Yackandandah, Gerogery, and Jindera. New members are always welcome.

Based in a studio in the arts precinct of Gateway Village, the members have access to a variety of workshops, classes, demonstrations, and field trips. Both local and guest tutors are engaged to encourage and refine the skills of members. Members are encouraged to exhibit and sell artworks both at the studio and at group exhibitions throughout the year.

White Light will officially open on Thursday 3 August, all welcome.


Image: Moonlight - Cradle Mountain Tasmania, Judy Balfour

Albury Wodonga Artists Society President Barb Strand recently attended an information session given by MAMA’s curator Michael Moran, explaining the application process for holding an exhibition in MAMA’s Brindley Gallery for 2018.  There are eight slots up for grabs in 2018 and for those of you who are interested, entries close: 31 August 2017. Read more “It was refreshing to hear Michael’s thoughts on how he believed that MAMA should operate to support local artists.  It was clear that he wanted to create a supporting and nurturing environment for local artists, with himself as curator working closely with artists to develop their exhibitions.  Brindley Gallery is to have a minor facelift and will be converted to a proper single room gallery with white walls.”  Barb Strand AWAS President.



Here are some more pointers by Barb gleaned from MAMA’s new curator Michael Moran.

1.  The process around making an exhibition application is usually quite strict but well worth the effort put in. 
2. Applications are usually judged by a panel, and the first applications to be eliminated will be those that have not addressed the application form.  The application form has been developed with a purpose in mind, so you are expected to answer every question, and answer it completely and exactly.  Often word count is important so stick within the instructions.  Do not become overly verbose.
3. It pays to have a clear image of what your show/exhibition is to look like, even at this stage - paintings, sculptures, videos, installations.  When writing about this, try to develop a picture in words for the reader – sight, sound, smell, feel etc.  A mentor or curator may be a useful person to consult about this.
4. When asked to provide images, keep to the number of images requested exactly.  Usually images are to be provided in one document, so that the review panel can open the document and see all your works together.  Images should be clearly labelled, and be only of the work, not the surrounds.  Poor quality images are not worth the effort.
5. When applying for an exhibition some twelve months out, it is highly possible that you may not have images of completed works destined for that exhibition.  As such, the recommendation is to provide images of recent works as examples indicative of your work, or images of works in progress.  Once again, quality is important.
6. There are those of us who do not feel comfortable with some of the aspects of preparing an application – writing the words, taking good photo images, or working with computers, the internet and email.  Do not let this put you off – find someone who can help – a family member, a friend, a young person, a fellow member of AWAS. 
7. Ultimately you can learn from each process, and even though you may not get feedback when you are unsuccessful, you can always talk to the curator/organiser and ask for guidance on how to improve your entry for next time.  Most people are more willing to talk to you, than put this in writing. So give them a ring, and see if they are willing to share.