Australian Latvian Artists Association (ALMA)
The Australian Latvian Artists Association (ALMA is the
Latvian acronym) was officially established on 15 December
1975, as an initiative of a small group of artists and their
supporters from most of the Australian centres with Latvian
communities. Its objectives were to establish contact with
all Latvian artists living in Australia, to set up an information
database and image reproduction archive, and to issue regular
newsletters about exhibitions and visual arts matters.
Since its formation, ALMA’s headquarters have been in Sydney.
ALMA mounts regular exhibitions in the exhibition area of
the Sydney Latvian Centre in Strathfield, and supports a variety
of special arts projects. Two such major projects have been
the publication of the book Australian Latvian Artists in
1979, and a second book with the same name in 2008.
brief history of ALMA
Australian Latvian Artists
The latest major ALMA project has been the compilation
in 2008 of the second book of Latvian art in Australia, Australian
Latvian Artists, documenting an aspect of the Latvian
community’s presence in Australia from an artistic and cultural
This book presents brief biographic details, artists statements
and examples of the work of 103 Australian Latvian artists.
An introductory essay by art historian Dr Rex Butler provides
an artistic context for the artists and works featured in
the book, and nine additional essays about the Latvian community
in Australia provide a cultural context.
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The passing of Dagnija Greste
Long time member of ALMA and the driving force behind
the 2008 book Australian Latvian Artists, Dagnija
Greste, passed away on 2 March 2009. She succumbed to inflammatory
breast cancer, which had been diagnosed 18 months previously.
Dagnija was a member of ALMA since its formation. She was
secretary from 1990 to 1998, during which time Dagnija produced
a twice-yearly news letter about ALMA... Read