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2017 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

Museums & Galleries Queensland announced the Winners and Finalists of the 2017 GAMAA on 2 November at a gala event, proudly hosted by Old Government House, QUT.

The Winners received an exquisite trophy specially commissioned from Queensland artist, Lincoln Austin, 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.

Organisations with Paid Staff

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WINNER: Cairns Historical Society for Reimagining Cairns Museum  



JOINT WINNER: Queensland Museum Network for World Science Festival Brisbane 2017

JOINT WINNER: Logan Art Gallery for lesu ra mir giz (FROM THE BEGINNING) ge omaida (WHEN THE GOSPEL CAME) Mer ge baziarda (IT TOOK ROOT IN ERUB) igiare Torres Strait (AND BRANCHED OUT TO THE WHOLE OF THE TORRES STRAIT)



WINNER: Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach for Powering on Sustainably

Individuals Paid Staff

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WINNER: Virginia Gordon, Assistant Curator, Queensland Police Museum, Brisbane


  • Tony Martin, CEO, Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
  • Jennifer Garcia, Communications & Programming Manager, Newstead House, Brisbane

Organisations Volunteer Run

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WINNER: Texas Qld Inc for Restoration of Texas Rabbit Works

FINALIST: Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla for Exhibition Facilitators – In House Traineeship


WINNER: Kilburnie Homestead, Jambin for Open Days

Individuals Volunteer

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WINNER: Michael Strong, Senior Curator, Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, Caboolture

FINALIST: William David Mason, Archivist, Beaudesert Museum, Historical Society of Beaudesert Inc.


About the GAMAA

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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.

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.


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