Bank Art Museum Moree. Image: Supplied
Sally Gabori, Kayardild language group 'Dibirdibi Country' 2007, 'My Country' c.2009. Image: Supplied
Ken Done exhibition opening. Image: Supplied
Lionel Lindsay opening night. Image:Supplied
Painted River Project Moree, Artist Leo Robber. Image: Sally Tsoutas
Bank Art Museum Moree
About the Gallery
BAMM is a regional art institution with a difference. For thirty years we have worked to enhance the cultural life of Moree with a changing schedule of exhibitions that educate, challenge, and delight our local audience and visitors to the region. After 30 years of operation within our magnificent 1911 Edwardian-style building and the previous home of the Commercial Banking Co. of Sydney, the gallery re-branded as BAMM: Bank Art Museum Moree. The new name reflects the contemporary edge of our programs and highlights our history and responsibilities as a collecting institution.
With a strong balance between collection exhibitions and touring shows, BAMM is able to showcase a blend of Indigenous and non-Indigenous collection works alongside the latest in new art and technology in a regional setting. The nationally significant collection is the largest collection of contemporary Indigenous art in regional NSW with artists ranging from local favorites Margaret Adams and internationally renowned photographer Michael Riley, to the foundational Maw Mununggurr, John Tjakamarra and Judy Watson. All of which is the backdrop to regular art workshops, guided tours and fundraising dinners, with music events and even the odd wedding held in the gallery’s garden.
Annual highlights include the BAMM Art Fair in June showcasing the talents of regional artists and the Moree Portrait Prize in December, always a crowd favourite.
The permanent BAMM collection is comprised of over 1000 artworks and objects and is recognised as being of national significance. It holds the largest group of contemporary Indigenous artworks in regional New South Wales. The collection also includes local and Australian Aboriginal cultural objects and non-Aboriginal artworks, which are featured in collection exhibitions through the year.
BAMM is particularly proud of its community engagement programs, which range from local art exhibitions and art prizes (the Moree Portrait Prize and BAMM Art Fair), youth education activities (Art on Track, Art After School, Art on Holidays)and artist residencies, as well as art disability programs and professional development workshops for artists (Art Therapy, Art 101, Art Masterclasses).
Our building’s former life as home to the Commercial Banking Co. of Sydney provides us with unique exhibition spaces, including a our upstairs galleries which were once the Bank Manager’s residence. We also have the original bank vault as an additional and very intriguing exhibition space which is mainly used for video works, much to the delight of our visitors.