MAMA wins at Australasian awards

02 June 2016

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) has been recognised as one of Australia’s best new art museum/galleries.  

In a major coup for MAMA, it has been named overall National Winner at the Museums & Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs) at a ceremony in New Zealand.   

MAMA Director Jacqui Hemsley said the National Winner award was an overall “best in show” award that recognised MAMA as the best of the entrants from around Australia.   

“The award acknowledges that MAMA is one of Australia’s best new art museum/galleries, which is a great honour considering the standard and scope of cultural institutions there are in this country,” Ms Hemsley said.

AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven said: “This is outstanding recognition of MAMA from a strong field of museums and galleries and it’s something Albury should be proud of."   

MAMA also won the MAGNA award for best Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout, recognising its innovation with its fit-out, the layout of our Joss Gallery collection, the use of recycled materials and public art initiatives.   

The MAGNAs are open to all Australian cultural collecting institutions that are members of Museums Australia and recognise excellent work nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects.

MAMA was also highly commended in the Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDAs) for its website and in the Children’s Book section for its Wiradjuri Activity Kit.

"It was great to see formal recognition for the activity kit we had for children as part of MAMA’s opening exhibition On Wiradjuri Country because it was very popular with children and MAMA works hard to engage and educate kids while having fun at the same time,” Ms Hemsley said.

MAMA has attracted more than 73,000 visitors since it opened in October.