Start your engines for Speed at MAMA

21 July 2016

Never thought modern art was for you?  Well, think again, because an exhibition coming to MAMA is designed to delight all – from art lovers, to rev heads, to kids.

Tickets will go on sale Friday (22 July) for Speed: The Fast and the Curious at MAMA, 20 August - 6 November 2016, which looks at our fascination with speed and the role it plays in our region.

MAMA's roller door now features Jasper Knight's GTO artwork in celebration of the upcoming exhibition.

MAMA Director Jacqui Hemsley says Speed: The Fast and the Curious is designed to get your adrenalin pumping through works by more than 30 artists including paintings, photographs, audio/video and actual cars that will be driven into the art museum.

“As well as specially commissioned art and curated works from around the country, we’ll be hosting car enthusiast meets, virtual racing, interactive activities and a special children’s program for the school holidays.

“There’s something for everyone in this exhibition.  It’s an opportunity for those who don’t know MAMA to come, visit and enjoy,” Ms Hemsley says.

AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven says Dean Street will be closed to allow a street parade of vehicles to celebrate the opening of Speed on Saturday 20 August from 9.30am (official opening at 10am).  

"The convoy will showcase vintage and modern vehicles, including displays of Porches, race cars, gliders and bicycles and there will be a barbecue and activities in QEII Square," Cr van de Ven said.

The exhibition aligns with a range of events in Albury such as the Australian Vintage Car Club Show and Shine (October 2016) and the Albury Wodonga Classic Cars meet.

Leading artists who have been specially commissioned to produce works for the exhibition include international artists Laurens Tan, and TextaQueen and local artists Uncle Phil Murray and Michael Laubli.

Ms Hemsley says Speed: The Fast and the Curious taps into a deep rooted theme in the region that relates to transport and motorised innovation.

“Albury has played an important role in the development of new technology and the history of transport in the region.

“New technology, brought about by necessity, innovation, isolation and knowledge, has been a key to the region's progress.

“Albury was the birthplace of the Robbins & Porters monoplane, Australia’s first flat-four aero engine in 1913; the centre for Australia’s last manufactured gearbox transmissions; through to the home of Brad Jones V8 racing.

“From the former race tracks that capped the edges of the Hume Weir, to V8 Supercars, street motorcycles, speedway go-cart racing and power boats, the region has a long-celebrated enthusiasm for speed.

“Art lovers and speed enthusiasts will enjoy this exhibition."

Tickets will go on sale on Friday at mamalbury.com.au and at MAMA, 546 Dean Street, Albury.

Speed is proudly funded by ArtsNSW and supporting partner LaTrobe University

Exhibition admission:  $15 adults, $12 concession and children under 12 are free.
Events: Further details will be announced, at mamalbury.com.au