media release - Museums and Galleries Queensland

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Prestigious Industry Awards announced for Queensland’s
museums and galleries!
Museum and Gallery Services Queensland (M&GSQ) proudly announced the winners of the
2006 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards at a special ceremony hosted by the
Queensland Museum on Friday 20 October. Arts Minister Rod Welford presented the annual
Awards to a range of organisations and individuals from across the State.
“Our government is proud to be associated with the affectionately named annual GAMAAs,
honouring the achievements of our many galleries and museums throughout the state and
the individuals who work in them” Mr. Welford said.
Now in its third year, the Awards celebrate the significant work of individuals in the
museum and gallery industry and the projects they have initiated, whilst encouraging the
development of outstanding exhibitions, education projects and public programs. The
Awards promote and inspire best practice in museums and galleries by encouraging
organisations to enhance their profile for the benefit of their local and wider communities.
Nominations for the 2006 Awards were received from throughout the state as far afield as
Cooktown, Cairns, Longreach, Cherbourg, Townsville, Sarina, Bowen, Theodore,
Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg with a large number of nominations from
Brisbane, South East Queensland and the Darling Downs.
The Chairperson of Museum and Gallery Services Queensland, John Walsh, stated
“The Awards are an important component of our annual program, drawing attention to the
excellent work undertaken by our colleagues in the museum and gallery sector across
Queensland. Whether they are major state institutions or individuals from small volunteerrun organisations, those being recognised work tirelessly with and for their communities”.
Suzannah Conway, Executive Director of M&GSQ said that “Support from the many
sponsors of the Awards enabled recipients from regional Queensland to accept their
awards in person.” She thanked Brian Tucker for his generous sponsorship of the trophies,
specially commissioned and designed by Queensland jeweller and designer Matt Dwyer.
She also thanked Brandi Exhibitions and Zetta Florence for sponsoring the individual award
categories. She added that “Special mention should be made of the Queensland Teachers’
Credit Union Limited (QTCU) who has sponsored the Awards for a third year, presenting a
special Educational Initiative Award for the second year running”.
Winners were announced by the Minister in the following six nominated categories:
Category
Organisations – Staff of 7 or more
Winner
Queensland Museum South Bank
Dandiiri Maiwar: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Centre
Special Commendation
The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich
60th Anniversary of VP Day Celebrations
Category
Organisations – Staff of 1 to 6
Winner
Bundaberg Arts Centre
Fully Sick!!! Youth Public Art Project
Category
Organisations – Volunteer Run
Winner
Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group Inc.
The Ration Shed Museum and Precinct
Special Commendation
Central Queensland Military and Artifact Museum Association,
Rockhampton
Outreach Trailer Project
Category
Individual Award - Paid
Joint Winners
Pamela Whitlock, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum
Lisa Jones, Queensland Police Museum
Category
Individual Award - Volunteer
Winner
Paulette Baxter, Theodore and District Historical Society
(Dawson Folk Museum)
Category
QTCU Educational Initiative
Winner
Cobb and Co. Museum, Toowoomba
Kids Time – a century of learning through play exhibition
Special Commendation
Queensland Museum, Regional Services Program, South Bank
Couran Cove Environmental Loan Kits
Special Commendation
Nambour & District Historical Museum Association Inc.
Early Gardens Photographic Exhibition
The Arts Minister also commended the work of Museum and Gallery Services Queensland,
the peak industry body for the gallery and museum sector in Queensland, who manage the
annual Awards and praised the work that is being undertaken by the organisation in
Training and Professional Development.
The Minister presented RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) commendations for
achievement to the first eleven Queensland recipients who had undertaken a pilot program
with M&GSQ to complete their Certificates III & IV in Museum Practice. “The Recognition of
Prior Learning program assessed the valuable skills that many museum and gallery
workers utilise on a daily basis. The program has been important for the sector as it has
allowed geographically isolated museum and gallery workers, including volunteers, to
complete their studies and gain recognition for their existing skills”
Mr Welford said.
For media enquiries, interviews and further information please contact:
Suzannah Conway, Executive Director, M&GSQ
Phone: 073 215 0822
Email:
[email protected]
Website: www.magsq.com.au
Mobile:
0417 633 099
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