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MAGNA 2021 Winners, Museums and Galleries National Awards, 10 June 2021

The 2021 MAGNAs were presented as part of the AMaGA National Conference in Canberra on 9 June 2021. The event was hosted by ABC Journalist, Dan Conifer, and celebrated the inspiring projects undertaken over the past 12 months.

The overall National Winner of the 2021 MAGNAs was Newcastle Museum for their delightful temporary or travelling exhibition 1×4.

The judges comments on 1×4This innovative and cost-effective project would be a great template for regional museums and galleries. It is innovative in how it responds to a Covid world as well as telling stories in different and challenging ways. And, Small and perfectly formed from start to finish.

The rest of the finalists are below.  A video of the night will be available soon. Finalists can get social media buttons at the bottom of this page.

Category Levels:

  • 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

INTERPRETATION, LEARNING & AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT

Level 1: Project budget less than $20,000

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Sydney Living Museums
Spring Harvest 2020

WINNER
South Australian Museum
It’s In Our Nature: A Queer Tour of the Museum

Level 2: Project budget $20,000 – $150,000

WINNER
Sunshine Coast Council
First Nations at Bankfoot House

Level 3: Project budget $150,000 – $500,000

WINNER
Australian National Maritime Museum
Cook’s Voyages – The view from the shore

Level 4: Project budget more than $500,000

HIGHLY COMMENDED
National Museum of Australia
Australia’s Defining Moments Digital Classroom

WINNER
WA Museum Boola Bardip
State-wide engagement project


RAPID RESPONSE COLLECTING

Level 2: Project budget $20,000 – $150,000

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Western Australian Museum
State of Emergency: Western Australia’s response to COVID-19

WINNER
National Museum of Australia
Momentous: sharing bushfire and pandemic stories


RESEARCH

Level 2: Project budget $20,000 – $150,000

WINNER
Western Australian Museum
Sharing Stories


PERMANENT EXHIBITION OR GALLERY FITOUT

Level 2: Project budget $20,000 – $150,000

HIGHLY COMMENDED
City of Armadale
Armadale and a World at War

WINNER
National Wool Museum
On the Land

Level 3: Project budget $150,000 – $500,000

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Chau Chak Wing Museum
The Mummy Room

WINNER
Rottnest Island Authority
Wadjemup Museum

Level 4: Project budget more than $500,000

HIGHLY COMMENDED
ACMI
The Story of the Moving Image

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame regeneration

WINNER
Western Australian Museum
WA Museum Boola Bardip


TEMPORARY OR TRAVELLING EXHIBITION

Level 1: Project budget less than $20,000

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Hurstville Museum & Gallery
Artbomb: connect + create

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Newcastle Art Gallery
On Stillness

WINNER
Newcastle Museum
1×4

Level 2: Project budget $20,000 – $150,000

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Albury LibraryMuseum
Earth Canvas exhibition: linking artists with regenerative farmers

WINNER
Sydney Living Museums
A Thousand Words Exhibition

WINNER
Tweed Regional Museum
Small Town Queer

Level 3: Project budget $150,000 – $500,000

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Museums Victoria
Becoming You: An incomplete guide

WINNER
Museum of Brisbane
The Storytellers

Level 4: Project budget more than $500,000

WINNER
National Museum of Australia
Endeavour Voyage: The untold stories of Cook and the First Australians


INDIGENOUS PROJECT

Level 2: Project budget $20,000 – $150,000

WINNER
Australian National Maritime Museum
Mariw Minaral (Spiritual Patterns)

Level 3: Project budget $150,000 – $500,000

WINNER
Chau Chak Wing Museum
Gululu dhuwala djalkiri: welcome to the Yolngu foundations

Level 4: Project budget more than $500,000

WINNER
National Museum of Australia
The Cultural Connections Initiative (July 2018 – June 30 2021) 


 

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