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2018 GAMAA Winners and Finalists (from left to right): Bronwyn Davies, Kylie Bourne, Chelsi Foskett, Jane Harding, Debra Moore, Lesley Nicholson, Peter Connell, Hilda Maclean, Justin Bishop, Geoff Moore, Robyn Daw, Kath Kerswell, Prue Cawley, Cr Rick Baberowski, Iris Skinner, Jenny Verrall, Lyn Gordon, Jacque Wearmouth, Dr Veronica Lampkin and Alicia Jones. Photograph by Krista Eppelstun, courtesy of Museums & Galleries Queensland.


Museums & Galleries Queensland announced the Winners and Finalists of the 2018 GAMAA on 7 December at Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct, Glass House Mountains, proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council's Cultural Heritage Levy.

The Winners received an exquisite trophy specially commissioned from Queensland artist, Bruce Reynolds, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Brian Tucker Accounting.

Congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists for their outstanding achievement in being selected for a GAMAA.

Click on name to find out more about the nomination.

Projects: Organisations with Paid Staff

WINNER: Logan Art Gallery, Logan City Council for Public art and heritage trails


- Miles Historical Village Museum for What War Meant to Miles – Heroes, Hardships and Heartfelt Stories

- Sunshine Coast Council for From the Mountains to the Sea; Sunshine Coast Stories

Engagement: Organisations with Paid Staff

WINNER: Bundaberg Regional Galleries for Our Town: Children's Perspectives on Community Through Meaningful Arts Engagement


- Logan Art Gallery, Logan City Council for Making Arts Accessible program

- Scenic Rim Regional Council for Fires on Top of Mountains

Sustainability: Organisations with Paid Staff

WINNER: Sunshine Coast Council for Bankfoot House Preservation Housekeeping Project

Individuals: Paid Staff

WINNER: Kathryn Kerswell, Senior Registrar, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane


- Justin Bishop, Director, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns

- Jane Harding, Heritage Librarian, Noosa Library Services, Noosa

Projects: Organisations Volunteer Run

WINNER: Fassifern District Historical Society, Templin Museum for Madam Weigel – The woman who clothed Australasia

Engagement: Organisations Volunteer Run

WINNER: Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Gordonvale for Visiting the Ancestors

Individuals: Volunteer Staff

JOINT WINNER: Prudence Cawley, Vice President, Buderim Historical Society

JOINT WINNER: Geoff Moore, President, North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerribah


- Alicia Jones, Member, Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Society Inc

- Iris Skinner, The House of Fashion Curator, Fassifern Historical Society, Templin Museum

About the GAMAA

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.

Award Categories


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.

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.


For GAMAA enquiries, please contact M&G QLD on 07 3059 9740 or freecall 1800 866 101.


Banner image above: GAMAA trophies on display at the Museum of Brisbane in November 2013. The GAMAA trophies are commissioned from a different Queensland artist/designer each year, through the generous sponsorship of Brian Tucker Accounting.

Trophy artists:
L-R back row: Lucas Salton, Craig Flood, Julie Shepherd, Joanna Bone. 
L-R front row: Marc Harrison, Matt Dwyer, Elizabeth Shaw and Nick Ashby, Glen Skien, Donna Marcus. Photo: Chelsea Sipthorp.


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