MAGNA 2021 Shortlist

Congratulations to the shortlisted entries in the 2021 Museums and Galleries National Awards. 

We greatly appreciate our major sponsor, Panasonic, for their ongoing support of the MAGNAs. 

The MAGNAs will be celebrated at the National Awards Ceremony on 9 June 2021 in Canberra.


The winning entries are selected from this shortlist. Not all Levels necessarily receive an award. Finalists will receive individual invitations. 

Temporary or Travelling Exhibition 

Level 1
Hurstville Museum & Gallery 
Artbomb: connect + create
Newcastle Art Gallery
On Stillness
Newcastle Museum

Level 2
The Hans Heysen Foundation
Hans Heysen Unpacked
Albury LibraryMuseum
Earth Canvas exhibition: linking artists with regenerative farmers
The Queensland Women's Historical Association
High Society' 1860 - 1960
John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University
Ian Strange: Suburban Interventions 2008-2020
Cell Invaders
Unley Museum
Trees: Who Gives A Root
Sydney Living Museums
A Thousand Words Exhibition
Tweed Regional Museum
Small Town Queer
Rì Galerie 日空間
A Thought; A Unique Attribute
Carrick Hill Trust
The Blade: Australia's love affair with lawn

Level 3
Museums Victoria
Becoming You: An incomplete guide
Museum of Brisbane
The Storytellers
Chau Chak Wing Museum
Powerhouse Museum
Maton: Australia's Guitar
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu

Level 4
National Museum of Australia
Endeavour Voyage: The untold stories of Cook and the First Australians

Indigenous Project

Level 2
Australian National Maritime Museum
Mariw Minaral (Spiritual Patterns)

Level 3
Chau Chak Wing Museum
Gululu dhuwala djalkiri: welcome to the Yolngu foundations

Level 4
National Museum of Australia
The Cultural Connections Initiative

Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout

Level 2
City of Armadale
Armadale and a World at War
National Wool Museum
On the Land

Level 3
Chau Chak Wing Museum
The Mummy Room
Rottnest Island Authority
Wadjemup Museum

Level 4
The Story of the Moving Image
Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame
Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame regeneration
Western Australian Museum
WA Museum Boola Bardip - eight new exhibitions

Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement 

Level 1
Sydney Living Museums
Spring Harvest 2020
Orange Regional Museum
Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House
On Air PlayUP
South Australian Museum
It's In Our Nature: A Queer Tour of the the Museum

Level 2
Sunshine Coast Council
First Nations at Bankfoot House

Level 3
Australian National Maritime Museum
Cook's Voyages - The view from the shore

Level 4
National Museum of Australia
Australia's Defining Moments Digital Classroom
Western Australian Museum
WA Museum Boola Bardip: State-wide engagement project

Rapid Response Collecting 

Level 2
Western Australian Museum
State of Emergency: Western Australia's response to COVID-19
National Museum of Australia
Momentous: sharing bushfire and pandemic stories


Level 2
Western Australian Museum
Sharing Stories




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