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Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains (MAPBM) is a membership based contemporary arts association based in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.  MAPBM aims to:

  • Support, advocate for, develop, and produce exhibitions of contemporary, multi-form art in the BlueMountains and elsewhere.
  • Foster an independent environment that supports the professional development and practice of contemporary artists, curators and arts writers in the Blue Mountains.
  • Engage with the wider Blue Mountains community in developing a new critical agenda for contemporary art in the WesternSydney/Central West regions of NSW.

MAPBM has evolved over the last five years to become a significant contemporary arts organisation in the region, with growing networks and partnerships, a successful exhibition program and increasing membership. MAPBM received its first grant from the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust in 2013. MAPBM became incorporated in 2014 and received further Arts Trust funding in 2014 and 2015. These initial grants acted as seed funding to establish a small-scale events-based exhibition program.

More recently MAPBM received two larger grants from CreateNSW for the Explorers: narratives of site and the Kiosk 3x6 projects. These enabled the production of larger, collaborative exhibitions that have provided more paid opportunities for established and emerging artists to exhibit their work, develop skills in a supportive environment and improve their practice through the critical guidance of professional artists and curators.

MAPBM continues to support member artists and curators and to help connect them with broader, more diverse audiences. We provide a regular members’ newsletter, and 'show and tell' sessions in which artists discuss their practice with their peers in a supportive environment. We are also seeking to grow the association’s membership, increase the exhibition program and provide further opportunities for arts professional development.

MAPBM people

MAPBM’s membership comprises practising contemporary artists, curators, supporters and others involved in the contemporary arts sector who are Blue Mountains or Western Sydney residents or whose practice is located in or related to the Blue Mountains.

As an Incorporated Association, MAPBM is managed by a committee whose current members are:

  • President

    Fiona Davies

  • Vice-President

    Ian Milliss

  • Treasurer

    Beata Geyer

  • Secretary

    Alex Gooding

Committee members

Vivienne Dadour
Naomi Oliver
Rebecca Waterstone

MAPBM Partners and supporters

MAPBM greatly appreciates the assistance it has received from funding and project partners over the years. These include Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust, Blue Mountains City Council, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Create NSW, Toolo – the Blue Mountains Tool Library, Woodford Academy as well as the owners and managers of the other galleries, homes and other buildings we have exhibited in. MAPBM also gratefully acknowledges the support it has received from its members, artists and volunteers, the wider Blue Mountains cultural community and, above all, the many visitors to our exhibitions.

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