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
- Sunshine Coast Council for Expanding Experience – Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct
- Redland Art Gallery for Redland Art Gallery's 15th Birthday Celebrations
Engagement: Organisations with Paid Staff
WINNER: Logan Art Gallery, Logan City Council for He kākano āhau (I am a seed)
- Queensland State Archives for The Memory Lounge
- Moreton Bay Regional Council for Community Cultural Capacity: Curatorial Development Framework
- Redland Art Gallery for From Little Things: Artist books by Robyn Foster and St James Lutheran Community Kindergarten
- Newstead House for Museum Theatre: The War Years – Americans at Newstead House
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
- Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum for Publication of new book 'Moments in Time: A Pictorial History of Hervey Bay & Surrounds 1890 to 2018'
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.
WINNER: 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.
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.