Two new members with a solid background in museums and galleries were elected to Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains (MAPBM) on November 28.
MAPBM is a non-profit incorporated association that supports and advocates the development, production and exhibition of multifaceted contemporary art in the Blue Mountains.
Sheona White, who is the new vice-president of MAPBM, joins the committee with over 25 years of experience in galleries / museums. Ms. White has held senior programming positions in regional, state and national cultural institutions, developing and launching key programs at numerous institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW , Museum of Contemporary Art, Penrith Regional Gallery Lewers Legacy Home, Sydney City Libraries and Wollongong City Gallery.
Diana Robson also joins the committee as a member, who has over 20 years of experience in the fields of visual arts curation, creative programming and arts management, primarily in the regional galleries sector of New South Wales. From 2000 to 2007, Ms. Robson held the position of Curator, Exhibitions and Collection at the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, and since then has held several positions at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, including that of Curator and Director.
Joining the committee is the artist Vivienne Dadour. MAPBM President Fiona Davies, Treasurer Beata Geyer, Secretary Alex Gooding and Committee Member Rebecca Waterstone were all re-elected.
All the candidates to the committee were elected without opposition. After the election, the chair of MAPBM thanked outgoing committee members Linda Adair and Wendy Carlson, as well as Ian Milliss who is stepping down as vice-chair after four years on the committee.
“I would like to thank Linda and Wendy for their support, and in particular Ian whose contribution to the organization as Vice President has been invaluable,” Ms. Davies said.
“I would also like to welcome Sheona White and Diana Robson to the Committee, and welcome Vivienne Dadour.
“Sheona and Diana are both gifted and experienced curators, programmers and managers who will bring an incredible depth of knowledge and expertise to MAPBM. We are very lucky to have them on board.
The two new committee members are excited to join the MAPBM committee.
“I believe that art has the ability to make us feel and think differently, to broaden and deepen our thoughts and emotions,” Ms. White said.
“This is especially crucial today when innovative thinking is needed to solve many contemporary issues in our lives. ”
Ms. White’s comments were echoed by Ms. Robson.
“I am very excited about the opportunities to collaborate with like-minded creators, to develop projects that challenge, engage, inspire and shape the cultural landscape here in the mountains and beyond,” she said.
The president of MAPBM also explained to the meeting how, despite the restrictions related to COVID, the organization had managed to organize five major exhibitions and programs in the previous fiscal year and had also attracted substantial funding for two projects of several days in 2022. Membership has also grown, and the organization is exploring how to delegate the development of exhibitions and programs to all members.
“Despite what has been one of the most difficult years ever for cultural and community organizations, MAPBM has not only continued to operate but also to expand its range of activities. I would like to thank all MAPBM members for their participation and support, ”Ms. Davies said.
“We have an exciting program for next year and I hope we can look forward to a brighter year 2022 to bring these great projects to fruition.”