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Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)

2019 GAMAA Winners and Finalists (from left to right): Michele Pickering, Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network; Emma Bain, Redland Art Gallery; Rebecca Milliner, Cairns RSL Sub-branch; Mark Richardson, Cairns RSL Sub-branch (accepting on behalf of Craig Maher); Kim Stoter, Australian Age of Dinosaurs; Michael Wardell, Logan Art Gallery, Logan City Council; Pia Robinson, Brisbane City Council; Georgie Sedgwick, Museum of Brisbane; Dr Valerie Boll (accepting on behalf of Dr Valerie Keenan, Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre); Jennifer Garcia, Newstead House; Hannah Williamson, Moreton Bay Regional Council; Elysha Rei, Queensland State Archives. Photograph by Blueclick Photography, courtesy of Museums & Galleries Queensland.

Winners and Finalists

Museums & Galleries Queensland announced the Winners and Finalists of the 2019 GAMAA on 19 September at Cairns Performing Arts Centre, as part of M&G QLD's State Conference, Opening Doors

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

We would like to thank our sponsors Brandi Projects, Cairns Regional Council, Public Galleries Queensland and Australian Museums and Galleries Association (Queensland).

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

M&G QLD sincerely thanks the 2019 GAMAA judging panel:

  • Jane Harding, Heritage Coordinator, Noosa Council
  • Robert Ryan, Senior Coordinator Community Programs, Mackay Regional Council
  • John Walsh, Consultant, All Art Services

Click on each name to find out more about the nomination.

Projects: Organisations with Paid Staff

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

JOINT WINNER: Brisbane City Council for Botanica – Contemporary art outside 2019


Engagement: Organisations with Paid Staff

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


Sustainability: Organisations with Paid Staff

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


  • artisan for A new home for craft and design

Individuals: Paid Staff

WINNER: Dr Valerie Keenan, Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre


Projects: Organisations Volunteer Run

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


Engagement: Organisations Volunteer Run

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

Sustainability: Organisations Volunteer Run

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

Individuals: Volunteer

WINNER: Craig Maher, Cairns RSL Sub-branch, Kokoda Hall Museum


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: 2019 GAMAA trophies created by Queensland artist Lucy Quinn. Photo: Andrea Higgins, courtesy of M&G QLD.


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Hendra QLD 4011

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

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