The AMaGA Victoria Award for medium-sized museums / galleries was won by the National Wool Museum and the exhibition On the Land: Our Story Retold.
On earth: our story told talks about the past, present and future of Australian wool. It’s about people and places and how the land was colonized. It is the first major Australian wool exhibition in over two decades. It begins with a major new exhibition on the Wadawurrung people – the traditional owners of the Geelong region.
On the Land: Our Story Retold is all about this rich and bountiful land. But there is an underlying tension implicit in this exhibit. How to reconcile the rich and abundant social and economic history of the wool industry with the drastic environmental and cultural impact of the industry over the last two centuries? This question is constantly in tension at all times throughout the experience.
The Museum appealed to more than 40 local artists, artisans, traditional owners and entrepreneurs. In a time of uncertainty, the exhibition invested in the local community. It was created with historical research and art. The exhibition features contributions from leading Geelong artists, including:
Even our taxidermy sheep got a makeover thanks to the Melbourne illustrator Ashley ronning.
Complete list of Victorian Museums and Galleries Award winners
The AMaGA Victoria Award for medium-sized museums / galleries (8-50 paid employees)
National Wool Museum for On Earth: Our Told Story
Grimwade Conservation Services, University of Melbourne
CostumeLAB – Conservation in Action HC
Geelong Gallery, conception of the exhibition Rone in Geelong.
Winner AMaGA Victoria Award for Excellence (volunteer)
Judith Kershaw, Port Fairy Museum and Archives.
Dr Ian Buckland, Beleura House and Garden.
AMaGA Victoria Award for Lifetime Achievement
Michael Aitken, Cyril Kett Museum of Optometry
Martin Hallett Award for Individual Contribution to Community Heritage
Clare Gervasoni, Ballarat Heritage Services and Federation University.
The Archival Survival Award for museums / galleries managed by volunteers (up to 1 employee paid by EFT)
Her Place Women’s Museum Australia for Unmasked.
The Australian Queer Archives, “A History of LGBTIQ + Victoria in 100 Places & Objects” project and website.
The Archival Survival Award for small museums / galleries (2-7 paid employees)
Warrnambool Art Gallery for the WAG Maar Nation Gallery and the Indigenous-led Legacy initiative.
The Beechworth Burke Museum, the Burke Museum’s online cataloging program (BMOCP).
AMaGA Victoria Award judges
We congratulate the National Wool Museum for developing such a complex and detailed, well-researched and thought-out permanent exhibition on a limited budget. The exhibit courageously engages with communities and the public, confronting border stories to balance the celebration of wool as an economic and cultural phenomenon across regional Australia, including the Geelong region.