BAMM Art Fair set to return with online micro exhibitions

Bank Art Museum Moree's successful Art Fair will return for a second year next month, however with a difference.

Established in 2019, the BAMM Art Fair (BAF) aims to encourage, support and promote the work of local and regional artists practising in the Moree Plains Shire and beyond.

This year, BAF was going to feature local micro exhibitions, a themed group exhibition, an arts and crafts market, plus eight weeks of associated art classes, workshops and events aimed at inspiring creativity

However, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and the extension of the 2019 Archibald Prize exhibition at BAMM, it was going to be impossible to run the Art Fair in its full form.

Instead of cancelling it altogether, the team at BAMM decided to just run the micro exhibitions this year and move them all online for BAMM's inaugural online exhibition.


"We were going to cancel it but decided to do the micro exhibitions, however we didn't know when we'd reopen," BAMM interim director Kate Tuart said.

"Plus, with the Archibald Prize exhibition in the gallery until July 25 now, we decided it had to go online. It would be too hard to plan otherwise."

This year's BAF will now feature seven micro exhibitions from six artists and one group, all based within a 150 kilometre radius of Moree.

Last year's micro exhibition artist Maisie Johnson will return for another year with her beautiful weavings.

She will be joined by 2019 Moree Portrait Prize open category winner Lucy Brosnan, paper and fibre artist Yvonne Ledingham, artist Robin Stieger, sculptor Kerry Cannon, painter Nick Osmond and BAMM's Saturday Art Group Collective featuring works by Christine Partridge, Deb Key, Peter Lowry, Bev Mansfield, Cathy Corderoy, Jocelyn Hunt and Kerrie Matchett.

A collection of works by each artist will be available to view on BAMM's website.

All artworks will be available to purchase online, with the proceeds directly benefiting the artists and BAMM.

With a variety of prices, mediums and artists, Ms Tuart said there'll be something for everyone.

"Whether you're looking to buy art for the first time or are an avid collector," she said.

A digital exhibition catalogue will go online on Friday, June 26 before the artwork sales go live on Friday, July 3.

It will then run until August 29.

BAMM is also hoping to organise a couple of workshops during this time, with more details to come.

To view the BAF micro exhibitions when they open, go to www.bamm.org.au. For more information on the artists, go to BAMM'S Facebook or Instagram.