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Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

M&G QLD is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2019 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA). The Winners will be revealed at the award ceremony, to be held as part of M&G QLD's State Conference, Opening Doors, in Cairns, 19 September 2019.

We thank everyone who submitted nominations to this year's GAMAA and encourage you to continue in your great efforts and to consider nominating in the future.

Projects: Organisations with Paid Staff

Brisbane City Council for Botanica – Contemporary art outside 2019

Museum of Brisbane for The Designers' Guide: Easton Pearson Archive

Redland Art Gallery for Redland Art Gallery's 15th Birthday Celebrations

Sunshine Coast Council for Expanding Experience – Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct


Projects: Organisations Volunteer Run

Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum for Publication of new book 'Moments in Time': A Pictorial History of Hervey Bay & Surrounds 1890 to 2018

Ipswich Historical Society Inc. for Interactive Touchscreen WW1 Ipswich War Stories

Engagement: Organisations with Paid Staff

Logan Art Gallery, Logan City Council for He kākano āhau (I am a seed)

Moreton Bay Regional Council for Community Cultural Capacity: Curatorial Development Framework

Newstead House for Museum Theatre: The War Years – Americans at Newstead House

Queensland State Archives for The Memory Lounge

Redland Art Gallery for From Little Things: Artist books by Robyn Foster and St James Lutheran Community Kindergarten

Engagement: Organisations Volunteer Run

Museums & Galleries Queensland did not receive any nominations in this category.

Sustainability: Organisations with Paid Staff

artisan for A new home for craft and design

Australian Age of Dinosaurs for Turning out the lights: Australia's first International Dark-Sky Sanctuary

Sustainability: Organisations Volunteer Run

The judges chose not to shortlist any Finalists in this category.

Individuals: Paid Staff

Michele Pickering, Brisbane's Living Heritage Network

Rebecca Milliner, Cairns RSL Sub-branch

Valerie Keenan, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre

Individuals: Volunteer

Craig Maher, Cairns RSL Sub-branch – Kokoda Hall Museum

Matthew Jackson, Cassowary Coast Regional Council

2019 GAMAA Supporters


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.

Past Winners and Finalists


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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Hendra QLD 4011

t: (07) 3059 9740 / Freecall within QLD: 1800 866 101

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