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AMaGA Victoria and PGAV are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2023 Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards. Now in their 30th year, the 2023 Awards mark the first time our two organisations have partnered to recognise outstanding achievements in the museum, gallery and collecting sector.  

The 2023 Awards received a record 55 nominations, with 32 organisations shortlisted for the Project of the Year Awards. They are:  

Volunteer-run Project of the Year (Museums & Galleries) 
Queenscliffe Historical Society - Queenscliffe Revealed: Hidden Histories, New Narratives
Trentham & District Historical Society - The Trentham District Story
Whitehorse Historical Society - From Then Until Now: Exploring the Stories of the Whitehorse Area
Women's Art Register - Leaving Your Legacy: A Guide for Australian Artists

Small Project of the Year (Museums) 
Grimwade Conservation Services - Conservation of Objects of Significance for the Melbourne Holocaust Museum
National Wool Museum - Your Museum, Geelong's Museum
Shrine of Remembrance - Defending with Pride
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum - Hard Place/Good Place

Small Project of the Year (Galleries) 
Bayside Gallery - Tai Snaith: Hierarchy of Needs
Hamilton Gallery - Luminous: John Orval, Stained Glass Artist
RMIT Culture - Radical Utopia: The Design Archaeology of a Creative City
The Dax Centre - Adopted

Medium Project of the Year (Museums) 
Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute x Grimwade Conservation Services - Heritage Collection Conservation
Bonegilla Migrant Experience - The Bonegilla ID Cards
Museums Victoria - More Than a Tarrang (tree): Memory, Material, Cultural Agency
State Library Victoria - The Rest Is Up To You: Melbourne Fringe Festival 1982-2062

Medium Project of the Year (Galleries) 
Art Gallery of Ballarat - Beating About The Bush: A new lens on Australian Impressionism
Bendigo Art Gallery - Australiana: Designing a Nation
TarraWarra Museum of Art - TarraWarra Biennial 2023: ua usiusi fa'ava'asavili
The University of Melbourne - Peter Tyndall at Buxton Contemporary Art Museum

Large Project of the Year (Museums & Galleries) 
Arts Centre Melbourne - APAC Reveal
Central Goldfields Art Gallery - Gallery Redevelopment Project
City of Melbourne - Relocation & Accessibility: Melbourne's collection returns to its spiritual home
Museums Victoria - Tyama: A deeper sense of knowing

First Nations Project of the Year (Museums & Galleries) 
ACMI - How I See It: Blak Art and Film
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre - Truth Telling Permanent History Display
Burrinja Cultural Centre - Bim Kunwarddewardde: Stone Country Painting
Daylesford & District Historical Society x Djaara Elder Uncle Rick Nelson - Coranderrk Portraits
Koorie Heritage Trust - Blak Design
Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place, Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative - Repatriation of Gunai Kurnai GRI (canoe)
National Wool Museum - Wadawurrung Dja: Awakening Country
Wangaratta Art Gallery - Bitja Wokka: Fire Country

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, which will be hosted by ACMI – Melbourne’s celebrated home of screen culture, and MC’d by the vibrant Jacinta Parsons, broadcaster, radio maker, writer, and public speaker. This gala event – the sector’s night of nights – offers a unique opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of the people and organisations whose passion, resilience and creativity underpin the renown of the Victorian museum and gallery sector. 

Winners of the individual award categories will be announced on the night. 

Tickets for the Awards Ceremony are selling fast – book now to avoid disappointment. 

When: Tuesday 10 October 2023, 6pm - 8.30pm 
Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC (Entry from Flinders Street) 
Tickets: AMaGA Victoria members $70, PGAV members $70, non-members $90 

Ticket price includes entry to the Awards Ceremony, a welcome drink on arrival and delectable canapés. A cash bar will be available for the purchase of additional drinks. 

Book your ticket here



Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards 2023 design by Pidgeon Ward.

Tuesday 10 October
6.00pm - 8.30pm

Venue: ACMI

PGAV Members: $70.00
AMaGA Members: $70.00
Non members: $90.00


The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.