Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…read more
Albury Museum aims for the Bilbao effect
The Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) is to open on 2nd October, with backers of the new regional art gallery hoping that it will affect the southern NSW town in the way that the Guggenheim Museum satellite had on the Spanish city of Bilbao.
Opened in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a satellite of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, transformed the struggling Spanish city. Within three years of opening, the Museum had generated €500 million and welcomed four million tourists, transforming the city into a cultural icon.
The ‘Bilbao Effect’ has been credited with revitalising the city and lauded as the catalyst for new hotels, a convention centre, transport system, river esplanade and a thriving artistic scene.
With cities around the world looking to Bilbao as an example when creating cultural hubs of their own, Albury is looking for a similar transformative effect, albeit on a smaller scale, with its new art museum.
Built at a cost of $10.5 million, the art museum offers the largest public exhibition space outside Sydney, with estimates suggesting that the museum will, each year inject $27.6 million into Albury’s economy, attract 80,000 visitors and create an additional $1.01 million in ongoing employment in the arts.
The flow on affect to hoteliers, retailers, restaurants and service providers is also expected to be worth millions of dollars.
Albury is the latest city to join a regional renaissance led by towns such as Bendigo, Ballarat and Tweed River that have recognised culture as a key factor in economic growth.
MAMA Director Jacqui Hemsley says that the new art museum is more than a cultural facility, but a long-term tourism and economic strategy.
Helmsley explains “places like Bilbao, Birmingham and Glasgow all had the courage to invest in these huge cultural projects at times when common sense would have said to focus on bricks and mortar.
“But these investments pay off. With our new art museum Albury is making a statement that we belong on the global stage.
“We have the passion, the support and the freedom to make this facility renowned nationally and internationally. And when we achieve it, the whole city will capitalise.”
MAMA also integrates with a larger cultural precinct that includes the acclaimed Albury Library Museum, Entertainment Centre, Murray Conservatorium of Music and the central QEII Square.
Albury City Council is heavily promoting the museum’s potential to become an economic and tourist epicentre and to celebrate its opening, the city centre will host a main street celebration, curated by former Artistic Director of Ten Days On The Island, Elizabeth Walsh, including roving entertainers, food trucks, live music and light projections, as well art installations, some of which will remain on display until 10th October.
Highlights of the opening night program include theatre-dance-circus fusion, Strange Fruit, dance-film work 24 Frames Per Second, a Craig Walsh ocean tank projection beamed onto the Albury Entertainment Centre, Incursions 3.3, and the unveiling of 2014 McClelland Prize winner Matt Harding's new sculpture, which wraps itself around part of the exterior of the new museum building.
A number of other commissioned works by Australian artists will also on display for the opening.
MAMA is also currently seeking volunteers to be part of its experience.
For more information go to the new MAMA website at www.mamalbury.com.au
23rd June 2015 - ALBURY ART MUSEUM TO REIMAGINE THE CONCEPT OF PUBLIC ART
27th November 2013 - STUDY REVEALS THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC ART MUSEUMS
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
PulseTec Solutions is a leading provider of software systems and solutions to the health and fitness industry for more than a decade. Our key products and services include ClientConnect studio and…read more
Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…read more
Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…read more
Supreme Heating is a proud Australian owned company specialising in the latest energy efficient heating solutions. Since 1990, Supreme Heating has designed and installed commercial pool heating…read more
As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd. 19th July 2018 - ENTA AUSTRALASIA REBRANDS AS VIVATICKET 17th October 2016…read more
Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!