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Winners and Finalists for the 2016 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) were announced at a gala event on 22 November 2016.

The 2016 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards were proudly hosted by Creative Arts Redlands – Redland Performing Arts Centre and Redland Art Gallery. 

Museums & Galleries Queensland congratulates the Winners and Finalists in the following categories. 



  • JOINT WINNER: Museum of Brisbane for 100% Brisbane
  • JOINT WINNER: Logan Art Gallery, Logan City Council for Animating Spaces Logan: Arts in the Park
  • FINALIST: Bundaberg Regional Galleries for Wide Bay – High Desert II
  • FINALIST: Newstead House, Brisbane for Connecting Threads: Tracing fashion, fabric and everyday life at Newstead House


  • WINNER: State Library of Queensland for Peace and Quiet
  • FINALIST: R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum, The University of Queensland for 'Cyprus: An Island and A People' Exhibition and Public Programs
  • FINALIST: Redland Art Gallery for Gathering Strands
  • FINALIST: Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Regional Council for Freedom of Expression: Indigenous Art from Queensland Correctional Centres.


No nominations were received in this category.


No nominations were received in this category.




  • WINNER: Fassifern District Historical Society Inc. for War Memories including C.W.A. involvement
  • FINALIST: Gladstone Maritime History Society Inc. (Gladstone Maritime Museum) for Acquisition of Fremantle Class Patrol Boat 'HMAS Gladstone' and its Display


  • WINNER: Surf World Gold Coast Inc. for Sharing the Stoke


  • WINNER: Archer Park Rail Museum for Revitalisation of Archer Park Rail Museum


  • JOINT WINNER: Jenny Steadman, Queensland Women's Historical Association (Miegunyah House Museum)
  • JOINT WINNER: Norma Hambling, Logan Art Gallery, Logan City Council
  • FINALIST: Kylie Bourne, Miles and District Historical Society (Miles Historical Village Museum)
  • FINALIST: Albert (Buddy) Thomson, Boondooma Museum & Heritage Association Inc.


The GAMAA are presented by Museums & Galleries Queensland to honour the achievements of individuals and organisations in striving towards excellence. The awards are open to all Queensland public/non-commercial* museums, galleries, historical societies, keeping places and other related cultural organisations and the individuals who work in them.

(*There are some privately-owned museums and galleries that are eligible to nominate. See nomination form for more information.)


  • Encourage continuous improvement and development of galleries, museums and related cultural organisations;
  • Enhance the profile of galleries, museums and related cultural organisations in local and wider communities;
  • Inspire and recognise best practice; and
  • Recognise and encourage the contribution made by individuals to their organisations and to the gallery and museum sector.

Anyone can nominate an organisation or an individual for a GAMAA — the general public, workers within the gallery and museum sector, local government officers or other interested stakeholders. Organisations can self-nominate or can be nominated by others. Individuals must be nominated by another person.


There are six categories for Organisation Awards:

#1  PROJECTS: Organisations with paid staff

#2  PROJECTS: Organisations volunteer run (or paid staff of up to 1 FTE)

#3  ENGAGEMENT: Organisations with paid staff

#4  ENGAGEMENT: Organisations volunteer run (or paid staff of up to 1 FTE)

#5  SUSTAINABILITY: Organisations with paid staff

#6  SUSTAINABILITY: Organisations volunteer run (or paid staff of up to 1 FTE)


There are two categories for Individual Awards:

#1  Paid staff

#2  Volunteer staff

Organisations with paid staff of up to 1 FTE (full-time equivalent) are eligible to nominate in the volunteer run categories. If in doubt, phone M&G QLD to discuss.

The winners in each GAMAA category receive a specially commissioned trophy by a Queensland artist/designer, generously sponsored by Brian Tucker Accounting.

The GAMAA is judged by a panel of industry peers, representing large and small, regional and metropolitan organisations, and paid and volunteer staff.

Nominations are scored against the selection criteria for each category. Nominations that don't address the selection criteria are deemed ineligible for judging.

Nominations for 2016 have now closed, however the 2016 nominations forms are available from the column at right as a reference. 


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