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MAMA wins at Australasian awards

Building Exterior_Busy QEII Square_Sideon_Daytime.Photo Jeremy Weihrauch.
Murray Art Museum Albury

In a major coup for the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), it has been named overall National Winner at the Museums & Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs) at a ceremony in New Zealand.

MAMA, which has attracted more than 73,000 visitors since it opened in October, was named an overall National Winner at the Museums & Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs) at an awards ceremony in New Zealand.

MAMA Director Jacqui Hemsley said the National Winner award was an overall “best in show” award that recognised MAMA as the best of the entrants from right around Australia.

 “The award acknowledges that MAMA is one of Australia’s best new art museum/galleries which is a great honour considering the standard and scope of cultural institutions there are in this country,”

Jacqui Hemsley, Director, Murray Art Musuem Albury

“This is outstanding recognition of MAMA from a strong field of museums and galleries from around Australia and it’s something Albury should be very proud of.

MAMA also won the MAGNA award for best Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout, recognising its innovation with the fit-out of MAMA, the layout of our Joss Gallery collection, the use of recycled materials and public art initiatives.

The MAGNAs are open to all Australian cultural collecting institutions that are members of Museums Australia and recognise excellent work nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects.

MAMA was also highly commended in the Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDAs) for its website and in the Children’s Book section for its Wiradjuri Activity Kit.

"It was great to see formal recognition for the activity kit we had for children as art of MAMA’s opening exhibition On Wiradjuri Country because it was very popular with children and MAMA works hard to engage and educate kids while having fun at the same time,” Ms Hemsley said.

 “Well visioned, wholly encapsulating visitor experience that is an experience both within and without the building. Innovative elements, such as the 24/7 art skin and Commonwealth Education Suite are well envisaged, giving both aesthetic and commercial avenues of difference. Extensive series of programming supports the exhibition building and surroundings spaces supporting both museum and tourism objectives.”

Judges statements from the Museums & Galleries National Awards 2016

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