MAGNA Shortlist Announced

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We are delighted to announce the shortlisted entries for the 2020 Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs). They started off slowly after opening in February, but after we extended the call for entries until August, to accommodate for members who have been in lockdown, working remotely, or focusing on higher priorities during the current health crisis, we received more entries than any previous year.

These wonderful projects illustrate just how innovative, resilient and important our sector and our work can be. We are inspired and proud to see such a variety of entries from the smallest community museum to the national institutions, covering topics from rainbowfishes to Holocaust survivors, the moon landing to stunning art installations. Additionally, it is notable how effectively the sector is taking onboard important core principles such as the Indigenous Roadmap, ICIP Protocols, Standards, and Sustainable Development Goals and incorporating these standards into the way we create and share our projects. The Indigenous perspective and evidence of meaningful consultation and collaboration is apparent throughout the entries and is to be commended and encouraged. 

The winners and other commended entries are picked from this shortlist. The awards will be presented as part of a bigger online event on 28 October 2020 - more information will be available very soon. 

Congratulations all!

Indigenous Project or Keeping Place

Three Views
Mosman Art Gallery

Bunha-bunhanga: Aboriginal agriculture in the south-east    
Art Gallery of South Australia

Gather - Connecting Aboriginal communities with collections and stories from the State Library of NSW 
State Library of NSW

Seeing Country
Redland Art Gallery

Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka (Truth-Telling Together)    
Bay Discovery Centre

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial    
National Gallery of Australia

Museum of Sydney Space Renewal project
informed by Indigenous knowledge    

Sydney Living Museums

Belonging, Contemporary Indigenous Art from Far North QLD    
Indigenous Art Centre Alliance (IACA)


Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement

Sydney Jewish Museum Online Learning Project    
Sydney Jewish Museum

Caloundra Regional Gallery

Immigration Stories    
Western Australian Maritime Museum

Orange Regional Museum

Stories from Wonnarua Country    
Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Conversations with Rain    
Art Gallery of Western Australia

Yōkai Interactive Touch Wall    
Art Gallery of New South Wales

Anzac Memorial Learning Program    
Anzac Memorial

Ask a Survivor
Jewish Holocaust Centre

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in the
classroom programs and resources

Art Gallery of South Australia

Road to Zero Education Complex @ Melbourne Museum    
Museums Victoria


Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout

Friends Of Donnelly Village Inc Museum    
Friends Of Donnelly Village Inc

Mandurah Community Museum Courtroom Gallery    
City of Mandurah

Betty Brown Historical Centre    
Shire of West Arthur

Land | Life | Culture    
Tweed Regional Museum

Power Up Electricity Museum    
Shire of Manjimup

Bathurst Rail Museum    
Bathurst Regional Council

Velvet, Iron, Ashes
State Library Victoria

Australian Sports Museum Refresh  
Australian Sports Museum

Hyde Park Barracks Renewal    
Sydney Living Museums



Pocket Possibilities: ‘Freespace’ in Community
A tool for applying principles of ‘Freespace 2018’ to designing with Australian minority communities 

Anna Ewald-Rice

Vis-ability: Artworks from the QUT Art Collection    
QUT and QUT Art Museum

Talking About Stones: the Relational Museum and it's Objects    
Australian National University

New species of rainbowfishes from northern Australia: discovery through collections-based research and citizen science    
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory


Temporary or Travelling Exhibition

Our stories and designs    
Logan Art Gallery

Between the Moon and the Stars    
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

New Woman    
Museum of Brisbane

Julie Gough: Tense Past  
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery


Dr Rowen Matthews  'Land is Emotional'
Online Exhibition and Virtual En Plein Air    

Tamworth Regional Gallery

Janet Laurence: The Palm at the End of the Mind
The Johnston Collection

Johanna DeMaine:
the form : the function : the aesthetic    

Caloundra Regional Gallery

paper on skin 2020    
Burnie Regional Art Gallery

Their Triumph, Our Motivation:
125 years of Women's Suffrage 

Holdfast Bay History Centre

All in a Day's Work    
Orange Regional Museum

Māori Markings: Tā Moko    
National Gallery of Australia

West: Out on the Edge    
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Changed Forever: Legacies of Conflict    
Shrine of Remembrance

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Sydney Living Museums

Spy: Espionage in Australia    
National Archives of Australia

Born or Built? Our Robotic Future    
Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson:
Step into Paradise    

Powerhouse Museum

Mini Mega Model Museum    
Museums Victoria

School Days    
Hurstville Museum & Gallery

Eight Days in Kamay    
State Library of NSW

Songs of Home    
Sydney Living Museums/ State Archives of NSW

Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Art 2019  

 Art Gallery of South Australia

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our volunteer judges, and the institutions they work for who allow them to participate in this rewarding experience. 

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