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National Winner

Mosman Art Gallery
Bungaree’s Farm

Mosman Art Gallery Media Release

 

INTERPRETATION, LEARNING & AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT

JUDGES

  • Andrew Hiskens, State Library of Victoria
  • Carol Cartwright, Museums Australia
  • Katie Russell, National Gallery of Australia

Level 1

WINNER

National Wool Museum
Reminiscence Cottage

Judges' comments: This project, working  with community partners to address dementia, is an excellent example of the capacity of museums to create genuine community value. An excellent project showing real commitment by the museum to deliver an innovative, quality program to the sufferers of Alzheimer's disease. Observing a need within the community and providing a tailor-made program to address it - demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity. A highly innovative and well-researched public exhibition space and community program expanding the audience and outreach capacity of the museum.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Johnston Collection
David McAllister Rearranges Mr Johnston's Collection

Judges' comments: This is a wonderful example of the constant need to reinvent the museum. Beautifully collaborative.

Carnamah Historical Society & Museum
Suite of Australian Curriculum Education Resources

Judges' comments: Nine beautifully designed and comprehensive curriculum resources targeted for Foundation to Year 6. The Museum initially thought the resource would only be used locally but has been utilised much further afield, thanks to effective promotion of the resources through social media channels. The resources also enrich physical visits to the Museum as they are used by teachers and students to contextualise a visit both pre and post excursion. An exemplar for all local historical society/museums.

Level 2

WINNER

The Australian Botanic Garden
The Australian PlantBank Mobile Application

Judges' comments: A very exciting and innovative approach to interpreting the Plantbank. Well researched and developed with strong reference to curriculum to make a genuine educational tool. Excellent and original app opens up important parts of the Garden's work to the public. Good links to curriculum and fabulous increase in audiences/visitors to the Mt Annan Gardens and online users.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Barking Spider Visual Theatre and State Library of Victoria
Liberty of the Press

Judges' comments: To integrate historical collection items, the fashion industry, and hybrid performance techniques in order to raise awareness of two historically marginalised groups of the Victorian Gold Rush - is an ambitious project which had a very impressive outcome.

Level 3

WINNER

Museum Victoria
Field Guide apps to Australian Fauna (a suite of 8 apps)

Judges' comments: This is an extraordinary piece of national cooperation, which has yielded extraordinary results. Flexibility of design means the apps will always hold the latest information about species. Innovative use of the open-source nature of the design which has already been taken up by institutions nationally and overseas to create their own field guides - fantastic.

 

PERMANENT EXHIBITION OR GALLERY FITOUT

JUDGES

  • Rebecca Coronel, National Museum of Australia
  • Rebecca Pinchin, Orange City Council

Level 1

WINNER

State Library of Western Australia Foundation
Western Australia's Freycinet Collection

Judges' comments: A stunning project making a small, fragile collection accessible to all. Good attention to historical detail.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Aviation Heritage Museum
Inside Lancaster Tour at the Aviation Heritage Museum Western Australia

Judges' comments: Excellent result from a committed team. A great product which delivers on many fronts - audience engagement, financial return, community access. Virtual component provides broad access and is a good complement to the high cost of a real tour. The object is well interpreted, maintained and preserved.

Level 2

WINNER

Gwydir Shire Council
The Roxy Greek Museum at Bingara New South Wales

Judges' comments: Excellent revival of a heritage site to tell an important local story. Strong use of existing objects, local stories, and good connections made to similar stories elsewhere in NSW and beyond. Good community connections made to allow for the use and continued preservation of the space. The remoteness and lack of resources of the community has made this project all
the more exceptional.

Level 3

WINNER

The Australian Botanic Garden
The Australian PlantBank Interpretation

Judges' comments: An ambitious project to educate and engage users in the hands on work of botanical research and science not normally accessible to the public.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Royal Australian Mint
Royal Australian Mint factory viewing gallery

Judges' comments: Visually very attractive resolution to explaining and making entertaining an industrial process. Some use of multimedia, but mostly a fairly standard design resolution to explaining the process of coins and currency.

Level 4

WINNER

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Development of the Margaret Olley Art Centre

Judges' comments: An outstanding project undertaken with great professionalism. An impressive permanent installation, the sheer number of items moved and recreated for Olley's studio is fantastic. Great use of multimedia to support the main exhibition themes. Interestingly it combines a museum (homage to the artist) with art exhibition/s. A project which could have been 'tacky' if it wasn't handled with such care and imagination. The overall increase in numbers and resulting community impact is also impressive.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Australian War Memorial
'Australia in the Great War' First World War Galleries Re-development, Australian War Memorial

Judges' comments: High quality, professional finishes. Well thought through use of multimedia and supporting technology. Continued connection to well loved heritage aspects but enhanced with the development of additional content overlaid using the opportunities provided by technology, all working within the limitations of the building.

 

TEMPORARY/TRAVELLING EXHIBITION

JUDGES

  • Belinda Cotton, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
  • Beth Hise, Sydney Living Museums
  • Nat Williams, National Library of Australia

Level 1

WINNER

The Gallery @ BACC
Grommets, grinds & gnarly dudes

Judges' comments: A creative community art project which succeeded in engaging the gallery with new audiences within the community. It was produced to a high display standard and featured appealing content which would get the youth audience to visit.  Good public programs attached to the exhibition and use of social media to communicate with audiences. Also a nice example of working with artists, commissioning new works, and linking into communities and sub-cultures.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Arts Tasmania
21 Objects - 21 Stories: Celebrating Community Collections

Judges' comments: This is cleverly constructed project and exhibition and given the modest budget achieved considerable outcomes. The range of content, presentation and overall interpretation all demonstrate a thoughtful approach and it appears to have been a successful elaboration on the earlier exhibition of ten items. The context of the MA conference guaranteed a wider museum-interested audience for the exhibition while the local strategies to engage audiences through events and the education program were sound and the visitation appears to be fairly substantial. The lack of more formal evaluation of the exhibition with audiences was understandable given the small budget but it would have added to the overall standard of the project if undertaken. Overall, an innovative idea for engaging with regional collections and thereby audiences which seems to have achieved a high level.

Level 2

WINNER

Sydney Living Museums
Celestial City: Sydney's Chinese Story

Judges' comments: The project tells an important part of Sydney's history in an attractive and engaging way. The multi-platform approach ensures it is accessible to all and was high level learning outcomes.

WINNER

The Dax Centre
Healing Ways: Art with Intent

Judges' comments: An important project with an excellent exhibition component and related programs. Elegant and powerful with multiple points of engagement that promotes ongoing accessibility for its content, impact and replication. The ongoing nature of the resources created around the exhibition importantly extends its life and influence.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Museum of Brisbane
David Malouf and friends

Judges' comments: A very professionally staged exhibition inspired by a great Queenslander and with good accompanying public programs. Particular commendation should be given for the design cohesiveness and quality with subtle and evocative touches.

Sydney Jewish Museum
Signs of Life

Judges' comments: This is an elegantly designed exhibition and a challenging one to deliver considering the physical and fragile nature of the content. Clever solutions to the challenge of displaying letters that can otherwise be dull graphically. Strong curatorial concept and poignant and moving material.

Level 3

WINNER

Museum of Brisbane
Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood

Judges' comments: Highly engaging and beautifully designed exhibition with a thoughtful approach to audience access and engagement. The strategic planning and marketing of this exhibition is first rate and builds on the museum's success in attracting an audience to its relatively new home. Solid curatorial concept with clear connection to Brisbane but wide appeal. Great opportunity to highlight an incredible collection. This was a substantial project for a medium sized museum. The elegant design allowing for simple but effective display of costumes

Level 4

WINNER

Museum Victoria
WWI Love & Sorrow

Judges' comments: A powerful and very thoughtfully crafted exhibition that treats an important part of our history with great empathy and respect and without losing the sense of the person. On every level there has been a commitment to excellence, consideration and museum best-practice.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Australian Centre for the Moving Image
DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

Judges' comments: Clearly demonstrates the principles of originality, innovation, creativity, design, education outcomes, standards of excellence, accessibility, and diversity to deliver a high-end exhibition product that surprises and delights its audiences. Great opportunity created to partner with major international filmmaking company in a significant and genuine collaboration.

 

INDIGENOUS PROJECT OR KEEPING PLACE

JUDGES

  • Bernice Murphy, Museums Australia
  • Margo Neale, National Museum of Australia

Level 1

WINNER

MCA Australia
Blacktown Native Institution Project website

Judges' comments: The concept of a virtual keeping place just like a virtual museum is forward looking and innovative. More than an archive, its intended use as a living and interactive keeping place gives it particular cultural relevance. Such websites have the potential not only to recapture knowledge and historical material but to reactivate ongoing and new knowledge in the present and future, including even languages revival.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Bathurst Wiradyuri and Community Elders
Possum Skin Cloak Healing Workshop

Judges' comments: This was an important and culturally significant extension of the ever-growing movement of revival of possum-skin cloak making. The project and outcomes would be bound to leave a long-term impact in Bathurst, especially through the intended use of the two cloaks produced. What an honour for present and future Bathurst Mayors to be offered a Possum Skin Cloak to wear on ceremonial occasions.

Level 2

WINNER

Mosman Art Gallery
Bungaree's Farm

Judges' comments: A regional art museum thinking big and enabling a range of artistic responses while anchored in the contemporary experience of their locality. Creates a new physical space and a virtual platform for further collaborations.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Carriageworks
Hereby Make Protest

Judges' comments: The three artists were well chosen and had good skills for the project. The historical organisations, events and aspirations which the project celebrates and translates into new forms today could not be more important, and the blending of solid historical research with engagement of contemporary creativity in all its diverse forms in Koori culture today was energetically and expansively accomplished.

Gold Coast City Gallery
The South Stradbroke Island Emerging Artist Camp / Saltwater Country Gold Coast Project

Judges' comments: The ideas for the project were strong and innovative, marked by a particular sensitivity by Michael Aird and Judy Watson about nurturing young and less experienced artists and people who might be encouraged into arts practice. This project overall will have 'made a difference' to many young and emerging artists, and have manifold outcomes to watch out for in future as these young people develop their creative lives.

 

INNOVATION

JUDGES

  • Debbie Abraham, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
  • Frank Howarth, Museums Australia

Level 1

WINNER

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Pop Play

Judges' comments: A great addition to the Popism exhibition. It is a pleasure to see families making 'real things' and playing rather than only engaging with touchscreens.
Provides a great opportunity for multigenerational engagement.

Level 2

WINNER

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
MCA Articulate

Judges' comments: A unique and valuable visitor engagement tool which has great benefits for the museum and the visitor. It allows for the museum to gauge if and how people are learning in the exhibitions. The app is accessible through iPad technology and the physical installation within the museum which is welcoming. The inclusion of the museum team in generating the provocations is good, as was the final phase testing by visitors.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Carnamah Historical Society & Museum
Virtual Volunteering

Judges' comments: Great socially inclusive project which addresses the needs of both the museum and the volunteer which in term benefits visitors. Innovative for such a small organisation able to partner with a large organisation. Good use of existing technology modified for their own needs.

Level 3

WINNER

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E)
Eureka Stockade 160th Anniversary Program

Judges' comments: An innovative project addressing a need to draw local community to the museum as content contributors and supporters with community, history, and contemporary issues at the heart of the project.

 

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