VOMA Mission Statement

Lee Cavaliere, Director

May 2020

Shared ownership: The audience will feel that they’re welcome, that they have a part to play, that their voices have an ear and that they own the space, and the art, together, for free. 

Anti-Nationalism: VOMA is nowhere, so it is everywhere; people from all corners of the globe have a place here and those who cannot reach it should be helped in by those who can. We will tell the stories of how art crosses geographical borders and is hemmed in by cultural ones. We’ll look at cultural history and the ongoing action of decolonisation. It will explore the power of art to reveal human stories, histories, successes and failings. 

Exploring and Celebrating Difference: The art world can at times seem homogenised, limited to specific geographic locations or points of view. VOMA encourages the discussion of all backgrounds and worldviews through art, defying homogeneity. It aims to create a space enriched by collision of cultures and ideals, embracing the difficulties and challenges that these differing views may bring. Through discussion and discourse, we can grow together. 

Celebrating Freedom: Art has been a voice for humanity to explore its freedoms but has also a tool to oppress and repress. VOMA will engage with these aspects of art history, looking unblinking at some of history’s more challenging moments, where art, and its destruction, were used as a means of oppression, and the ways in which these moments were, and were not, overcome. 

Telling Truth to History: VOMA will raise a critical eyeglass to some of the art worlds murkier corners, examining hidden narratives around corruption and moral decay that have helped some aspects of the artworld to perpetuate an air of exclusivity and opulence that excludes large parts of the populace. 

Listen and response: VOMA will host a vibrant and energetic conversation for all. It will grow and evolve through constant feedback and input from visitors. It will partner with individuals, groups and institutions worldwide to broaden the scope of the discussion. It will host talks, seminars, giving voice and encouraging debate.