The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums

Photo: Simon Fox, Deakin University.

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The 2018 Victorian Museum Awards were presented on Wednesday 29 August at Melbourne Museum by Museums Australia (Victoria) – www.mavic.asn.au – the peak body for 1,000+ museums and collecting organisations. The night was hosted by Jacinta Parsons, ABC Radio and featured a special address by Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research and Member for Broadmeadows

Multicultural Museums Victoria has received The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff) for their excellent ‘Grandmothers’ Project. The Grandmothers exhibition project was developed as the inaugural project for the newly formed Multicultural Museums Victoria (MMV). Over a period of eight months curators and staff from the five museums collaborated on programs and approaches to each of the Grandmother exhibitions that included shared events across music, storytelling and a cook-off, that celebrated cultural differences and shared values.

Multicultural Museums Victoria is a unique cross-cultural alliance between the Chinese Museum, Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, Hellenic Museum, Islamic Museum of Australia and the Jewish Museum of Australia. The alliance has increased the five museum’s visibility and audiences and has demonstrated the capacity of the different ethno-specific museums to work together creatively to achieve shared goals. The MMV partnership demonstrates the role that contemporary museums play in progressing important dialogue around recognition and respect for cultural diversity.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

The Judges admired the complex collaboration between the five museums that comprise Multicultural Museums Victoria and the range of artforms that were incorporated in the Grandmothers exhibition across all five sites. “This project is greater than the sum of its parts, in sharing their resources and their stories, Multicultural Museums Victoria have created something unique.”

QUOTE FROM MINISTER FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, MARTIN FOLEY

Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries, congratulated the Award winners: “From internationally renowned institutions to volunteer-run community organisations, Victoria is the proud home of one third of Australia’s museums and galleries. But it’s not just about numbers, it’s about impact. Our museums play a key role in strengthening our communities - by showcasing different perspectives, they foster understanding and connection and open us up to new ideas.”

“This year’s winners and nominated projects showcase the diversity of our museum sector and the extraordinary work that is undertaken each year. Congratulations to all nominees and thank you for the vital contribution you make to our creative state.”

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS

Laura Miles, Executive Director of Museums Australia (Victoria), said: “Congratulations to all the Award nominees this year for their amazing achievements to create vibrant, inventive and highly engaging museum and gallery experiences for all Victorians and visitors. Museums Australia is delighted to celebrate the work of the thousands of volunteers and staff who collectively maintain Victoria’s position as the cultural capital of Australia.”

MUSEUMS RECEIVING ACCREDITATION IN 2018

Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research and Member for Broadmeadows, also presented certificates to four museums that had completed the gold-standard Museum Accreditation Program this year: the Friends of Westgarthtown: Ziebell’s Farmhouse, the National Wool Museum, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, and the Warrnambool Art Gallery. FULL LIST OF 2018

VICTORIAN MUSEUM AWARDS WINNERS:

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Awards for Excellence

Christine Grayden, Phillip Island Nature Parks for Lifetime Achievement (Paid) Linda Peacock, Robert O’Hara Burke Museum, for involving people and communities (Paid) Tanja Johnston, Australian National Veterans Arts Museum, for involving people and communities (Volunteer)

The Archival Survival Award for Volunteer-Run Museums (up to 1 EFT paid staff)

Stanley Athenaeum, for their exhibition Hearts of Gold – Minds of Mettle exhibition

The Archival Survival Award for Small Museums (2-7 Paid Staff)

Duldig Studio, for their Reaching Out to Our Communities – expanding public programs at Duldig Studio

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff)

Multicultural Museums Victoria for their collaborative ‘Grandmothers’ project

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums (51+ Paid Staff)

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) for their Wonderland exhibition

Victorian Collections Awards (x 3) for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing

Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum Uniting Church Archives – Synod of Victoria Melbourne Legacy

Further information: http://www.mavic.asn.au/awards

Awarded: TripAdvisor ‪‎Certificate of Excellence 2015 Winner

The Chinese Museum has been awarded 2015’s Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor! Thank you to all the voters who left such wonderful reviews, and we hope you will visit us again soon. Find us from Trip Advisor here: Link

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