AMaGA Awards

Eligibility 

The AMaGAs welcome entries from a diverse range of non-commercial collecting institutions across Australia, including but not limited to museums, galleries, libraries, archives, and historical societies. The design-based categories are also open to non-commercial collecting institutions in New Zealand.

Entries must be submitted by an organisation, association, or non-profit company; however, individual contributors are permitted to submit entries on behalf of the organisations with whom they have collaborated. These entries must be submitted under the name of the respective cultural organisation and with their written permission. This collaborative spirit ensures that The AMaGAs accurately recognise and honour the achievements and contributions of the cultural institutions and the creative professionals who collaborate with them.

 Further eligibility clarification:

  • Commercial galleries, auction houses and publishing interests are not eligible.
  • Both members and non-members of AMaGA may participate.
  • Entries for design-based categories are defined as printed or electronically designed graphic material intended for public distribution.
  • Projects nominated for the 2024 AMaGAs must have been produced between 1 July 2022 and 31 December 2023.

 

Specific to the First Nations Project Award category, the expectations for any nominated project include:

  • First Nations-led development and delivery;
  • Implementation of standards and frameworks such as First Peoples: A Roadmap, Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), etc., to ensure Indigenous rights are recognised and protected; and
  • Encourages First Nations visitors, and/or is delivered in First Nations communities.

 

Project Awards Questionnaire 2024

 

Projects | Content and Engagement

 CATEGORY  DEFINITION EXAMPLE PROJECTS 
 Community Connection Award Recognises projects that excel in community engagement and programming, which interpret and communicate the institution’s collection and stories in innovative ways. Community co-curated project, mobile outreach, multilingual/inclusive interpretation project, storytelling workshop, etc. 
 Exhibiting Excellence Award Recognises institutions that have demonstrated excellence in museum and gallery exhibition initiatives, including research, planning/development, and execution phases.  Permanent, temporary, or travelling exhibition; community research project; curatorial/collections research; fieldwork, etc. 
 First Nations Project Award Recognises outstanding projects that focus on or significantly involve First Nations perspectives, knowledges, and communities. These projects are developed for First Nations communities and/or by First Nations people. Gallery development, exhibition development, interpretive programming, knowledge-sharing programs, digital learning projects, workshops, etc. 
 Social Impact Award Recognises projects that have made tangible and positive impacts in response to key societal issues, with outcomes including community well-being, fostering inclusivity and diversity, education, and social awareness. Environmental sustainability project, health and well-being project, exhibition, public program, etc. 

Projects | Design-based

 CATEGORY  DEFINITION EXAMPLE PROJECTS 
 Art of Expression Award Recognises outstanding achievements in the visual and communicative aspects of promoting museums, galleries, or cultural institutions. Exhibition promotional design, project or institutional identity/branding, annual reports, information brochure, maps/wayfinding, poster, etc.
 Kids in Print Award Recognises projects that demonstrate exceptional creativity and skill in producing visually engaging and informative publications that cater to the unique needs and interests of children and young audiences. Book or activity book made for children, etc.
 Digital Interface Award Recognises projects that demonstrate excellence in leveraging web design to enhance accessibility, engagement, and communication of the institution's or program’s purpose.
Website created for an institution, website created to accompany a physical exhibition or education program, etc. 
 Excellence in Print Award Recognises projects that demonstrate exceptional skill and innovation in the design of printed materials and publications that communicate information about exhibitions, collections, and cultural narratives through media.
Book, exhibition catalogue, magazine, etc.
 e-Excellence in Print Award Recognises projects that demonstrate exceptional skill and innovation in the design of digital materials and publications that communicate information about exhibitions, collections, and cultural narratives through media. Book, exhibition catalogue, magazine, etc. 
 Moving Image Award  Recognises projects that excel in leveraging the moving image as a powerful medium for storytelling, education, and engagement. Pre-recorded video chat, behind-the-scenes tour, advertising or online/offline sizzle reel, documentary or in-exhibition film, etc.     
 Virtual Canvas Award  Recognises projects that demonstrate excellence in the integration of diverse multimedia formats to enhance engagement, storytelling, and educational experiences within museums, galleries, and cultural institutions. Applications for use on mobile device, online exhibition (presented entirely online), streamed or web-based virtual tour, online activity, e-learning program or game, etc.