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AMaGA’s MAGNA & MAPDA 2020 awards

Museums and Galleries National Awards 2020

The Museums & Galleries National Awards, or MAGNAs, began in 2011. They recognise excellent work nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects.

The MAGNAs are open to all Australian cultural collecting institutions who are members of Australian Museums and Galleries Association except Indigenous Programs or Keeping Places which is open to all. Become an organisational member of AMaGA.

The MAGNAs will be awarded at the AMaGA National Conference in May.

The Awards are intended to:

  • Encourage the continuous improvement and development of Australian museums and galleries
  • Inspire and recognise best practice and innovation in the collecting sector
  • Enhance the profile of museums and galleries in local and wider communities.

In 2014 the MAGNAs became a member’s only benefit, and free for entry to all AMaGA organisational members.


Call for entries: 14 February 2020
Entries close: 25 March 2020 – Close of business
Judging: April
Finalists notified: End April
Awards ceremony: National Conference 18-21 May 2020, Canberra


Level 1: Project budget less than $20,000
Level 2: Project budget $20,000 – $150,000
Level 3: Project budget $150,000 – $500,000
Level 4: Project budget more than $500,000

For more information visit: https://amaga.secure-platform.com/a/page/magna

Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards

The Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards are all about design and communication(For project-based programs (exhibitions, public programs, etc) you probably want the MAGNAs). The awards began in 1994 and are still going strong. The structure hasn’t changed much, however we have fiddled with the categories to reflect the changes made in the last two decades in how our institutions are communicating with the public.

The MAPDAs are sponsored by Australian Book Connection.

There is a fee to enter MAPDA (see below).


Call for entries: 1 February 2020
Entries close: 19 March 2020
Judging: Late March
Finalists notified:  April
Ceremony: National Conference 18-21 May, Canberra

NOTE: We will be having a bookstore at the AMaGA National Conference where past MAPDA entries (books and catalogues) will be available to purchase. Profits from sales will go to Museums Australia Fund, the association’s charity. The potential sale of past entries is a long-standing Condition of Entry of MAPDA (see below). Our last conference bookstore was in Sydney in 2015. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the National Office on info@amaga.org.au.

(under 64 pages) saddle stitched (stapled)/folded/wiro or coil bound: any non- periodical publication designed to accompany a specific exhibit

(64 or more pages) section sewn/burst or perfect bound: any substantial, non- periodical publication designed to accompany a specific exhibit

Any print or electronic, non-periodical publication other than an exhibition catalogue – eg, museum guide, monograph,  history or scholarly work and including children’s books

Any print book or activity book designed for children

Information brochure, calendar of events, museum maps and guides, printed ephemera for visitors

Print invitation for exhibitions and events

Any print publication issued at regular intervals, eg. primarily informational in content

Corporate branding (not exhibitions), annual reports, Reconciliation Action Plans
NB: Corporate branding should be presented on an A3 board with images of up to 6 different items. Small print or merchandise items (flyers, bookmarks, etc) can be included separately EXAMPLES

Including street banners, citilights, hoardings, ads, interior exhibition graphics, invitations, posters, merchandise etc. EXAMPLES
NB. Must be presented on an A3 board with images of up to 6 different items. Small print or merchandise items (flyers, bookmarks, etc) can be included separately. Invitations and posters submitted (in the format as intended for use) may be submitted to the Invitation and Poster category by the organisers on your behalf for no extra fee.

Website designed for general institution promotion

Website designed for a specific  exhibition or program

Film, video, audio and interactive(s) for delivery over the internet or on mobile device(s)

13. APP
An app available to download

Poster is back – you must submit the full-sized poster as it was intended to be used

For more information visit: https://amaga.secure-platform.com/a/page/mapda

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