BAMM Art Fair bigger and better than ever

The BAMM Art Fair is in full swing after a series of successful community events. Now is your last chance to visit with only this week left to go!

Supporters and art buyers celebrated with a bang in July during the opening night of this popular annual fundraising exhibition.

More than 125 community members came together to explore works by more than 50 established and emerging regional artists on display. 

Delicious food by Toby Osmond, cocktails and live music by popular local Jacqualyn Drenkhahn created a fabulous vibe and encouraged attendees to open their wallets and purchase affordable for a good cause.

Moree artist Amy Canfield

Director Vivien Clyne was thrilled that the community embraced the opening with such enthusiasm.

“It has been wonderful to have BAMM full of inquisitive art collectors and viewers, and to see the success of our Group Exhibitors and seven Micro Artists.  We’ve had people calling, messaging and visiting specifically to see the exhibition and buy works from featured artists, which is always a sign of a successful show! All artworks are for sale until Saturday 13 August. If you can’t visit BAMM, don’t let that stop you! Micro Exhibition artworks can also be viewed online via our website,” she said.

The last weekend of the school holidays saw another much loved Art Fair event: the Arts and Crafts Market Day. Local creatives and artisans showcased their products, from carved wooden products, Indigenous art, handmade baby products and jewellery, unique homewares, plus lots more. The day was rounded out with food vans, free face painting and kid’s activities making it a great event for the whole family. 

“More than 500 people visited the market day creating a fabulous atmosphere, which we can’t wait to expand on next year”, says Mrs Clyne.

During the market day, a live artist demonstration by micro-artist Amy Canfield and a community still life artwork added an element of hands on creativity. Miss Canfield’s finished artwork is being raffled during the Art Fair and one lucky BAMM visitor will get to take it home when the winner is announced in late August.  Miss Canfield’s Micro Exhibition has been a near sell-out show, which is an outstanding achievement for her first solo exhibition as an emerging and highly skilled artist.

She is already preparing entries to the Little Things Art Prize and prestigious Dobell Drawing Prize.

Visitors learned more about the Micro artists during BAMM’s Art After Dark on Thursday 4 August.

This regular over 18s event saw visitors meet the Micro Artists and take part in a simple still life art activity mentored by Miss Canfield, whilst enjoying drinks and nibbles. Micro Exhibition artists demonstrated weaving and miniature modelling during artist talks, and shared what inspires them in their art, tips and tricks on their unique styles, and what their aspirations for future shows might be.

There is still time to explore the Group exhibition, and see works by Micro Exhibition artists, including Amy Canfield, Carolyn McCosker, Natasha Tuart, Mona Fernando, Tim Barklay, Edweenda Ladmore and Peter Lowrey. On your next visit, don’t forget to vote in the Pitman Deakin Stock and Station Agent People’s Choice Prize, which will give one featured Group Exhibition artist an opportunity to win $500.

As the Art Fair runs into its final week, don’t forget to drop in to BAMM to show your support for our local and regional artists! See works by artists, purchase an artwork, pick up a raffle ticket and vote in the People’s Choice Prize. 

As a major fundraising event, BAMM would like to thank everyone who has visited so far. Every donation supports the creation of future events for the Moree Shire community.

BAMM Art Fair Exhibition ends Saturday, August 13.