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Tips for submitting a successful nomination to Queensland\'s 2008 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards.

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  • The Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards are presented by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland to honour the achievements of Queensland individuals and organisations in striving towards excellence.


  • The awards aim to:
    • encourage continuous improvement and development of galleries, museums and related cultural organisations
    • enhance the profile of galleries, museumsand related cultural organisations in local and wider communities
    • inspire and recognise best practice
    • recognise and encourage the contribution made by individuals to their organisations and to the gallery and museum sector


    • STAFF OF UP TO 6*
    • * Full-time equivalent


    • PAID


  • Must be located within Queensland
  • Organisations must be one of the following:
  • Public, non-commercial museum or gallery
  • Indigenous Keeping Place or Cultural Centre
  • Libraries where the nominated activity has an outcome related to exhibitions or museum practice
  • Arts Councils where the nominated activity has an outcome related to exhibitions or museum practice
  • Artist-Run Spaces where the nominated activity has an outcome related to exhibitions or museum practice

7. GAMAA ELIGIBILITY 3. Individuals can be paid or volunteer staff working in any of the organisations listed 8. GAMAA

  • Can be self-nominated
  • Or nominated by another organisation (including local councils)
  • Or nominated by another person (including members of the public)

9. GAMAA ORGANISATIONS The nominated activity must have been completed, or have reached an identifiable or significant milestone, within twelve months prior to the nomination closing date. 10. GAMAA ORGANISATIONS Examples of activities that might be nominated: Exhibitions Public programs Education programs Research Publications EventsCollection managementCommunity building Marketing initiatives Operational initiatives 11. GAMAA ORGANISATIONS You can also nominate collaborative projectsbetween two or more organisations. One organisation would take responsibility for the nomination and act as the contact. All participating organisations would be acknowledged and promoted in GAMAA material. In categories where prizes are awarded, the collaborating organisations would be responsible for deciding any split. 12. GAMAA

  • Must be nominated by another person

13. GAMAA INDIVIDUALS The nomination should demonstrate how the individuals contribution meets the Award criteria. The work of individual nominees may date back many years. 14. FOR ORGANISATIONS,THREE SELECTION CRITERIAMUST BE ADDRESSED


GAMAA 15. SELECTION CRITERIA 1: INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP The nomination should provideevidence of the organisations creativity, originality, vision and leadership. GAMAA 16. GAMAA

  • Examples of innovative practice and leadership:
  • Delivering a ground-breaking project to a successful outcome
  • Taking up new ideas or new technologies
  • Finding creative ways to improve access and equity for audiences/participants
  • Finding creative ways to educate audiences and encourage life-long learning
  • Working with communities or audiences that the organisation has not worked with before
  • Creating partnerships that improve the organisations practice
  • Providing inspiration as a role model for others
  • Leading others to implement new ideas, directions or initiatives

17. GAMAA A Winning Example 2004 Winner in the category of Staff of 1 to 6:The Gold Coast City Art Gallery produced a two-part exhibition and series of events:All that Glitterscontemporary visions of the Gold CoastandAll that Glitters50 years of Gold Coast kitsch and memories . The project provided an opportunity for reflection and focus on the Gold Coast one of the most rapidly evolving communities in Australia, and one that is perceived to produce little of cultural value. The exhibition showed the depth of critical and creative thinking and making that has occurred on the Gold Coast in the second half of the 20 thcentury. The projects gave younger people and local residents an insight to the character of the place, and encouraged people to come forward with their memories and objects. The GAMAA judges found this project to be particularly innovative both in its curatorial approach and in its efforts to connect with a diverse local community. The exhibitions and associated events were well executed and successfully connected social history and contemporary visual art elements. In doing so they demonstrated the potential of a combined museum and gallery collection for the Gold Coast, providing a valuable model for how other communities might approach contemporary heritage and collecting. 18. SELECTION CRITERIA 2: OUTCOMES IN THE COMMUNITY The nomination should provideevidence of how the organisationsactivity has enriched the community. GAMAA 19. GAMAA

  • Examples of outcomes in the community:
  • Community can mean the general community in your region, or can mean a specific group within the community (such as youth, older people, people from a particular cultural/ethnic background, people who are isolated or disadvantaged)
  • Enriching the cultural life of the community
  • Increasing community participation or developing new audiences
  • Delivering successful outcomes for specific groups in the community
  • Having an impact on the social or economic life of the community

20. GAMAA A Winning Example 2006 Winner in the category of Staff of 1 to 6:TheFully Sick!!! Youth Public Art Projectwas developed by the Bundaberg Arts Centre to bring together several requests for mural projects from the community. The Centre engaged young people throughout Bundaberg in the project in a bid to develop better relations with youth audiences and to provide skills development for the youth and artists involved. They developed a number of significant partnerships for the project, ranging from a suburban progress association to organisations that were already actively engaging with youth communities such as juvenile crime prevention programs, Indigenous youth services and local visual arts high school students. The project attracted interest from the general population during the period that the artists and participants were working on site. The GAMAA judges recognised the Centre's achievement in working with youth beyond the walls of the gallery; for identifying a strategy that will develop future audiences; and for using community networks to find the right people for the project. 21. SELECTION CRITERIA 3: BEST PRACTICE The nomination should provideevidence of how the organisationsactivity has established new standardsof practice or significantly raisedexisting standards. GAMAA 22. GAMAA

  • Examples of best practice:
  • Establishing new standards of practice that are able to be sustained by the organisation
  • Significantly raising the organisations existing standards (new processes, systems, displays, programs)
  • Increasing the organisations professionalism and quality of delivery
  • Improving the skills/knowledge of staff and/or volunteers
  • Improving the organisations relationships with its major stakeholders

23. GAMAA A Winning Example 2005 Winner in the category of Volunteer Run:The Mulgrave Settlers Museum is open six days a week, is staffed by a team of 20 volunteers, and comprises an archival room, library, workroom, storage room and exhibitions area. The Museum introduced the concept of Significance to the assessment of its collections and uses the Significance statement when making decisions about accessioning new objects. The Museum developed extensive public programs with a series of annual changing exhibitions. One of these,Beacons of Faith religious traditions of Gordonvale residents , was the first cross-cultural project of its kind initiated by a community museum in North Queensland. The exhibition encompassed the history of every religious and spiritual organisation in the Mulgrave area, such as the Chinese and Sikh communities and local Indigenous groups. The GAMAA judges commended the Museum as a model for other community based museums in Queensland. The Museums dedication to gathering the social history of the district, its well executed programs within the context of its limited resources, as well as its undertaking of difficult tasks such as the digitisation of the collection and the de-accessioning of non-relevant objects were acknowledged as a serious commitment to best practice. 24. FOR INDIVIDUALS,FOUR SELECTION CRITERIAMUST BE ADDRESSED