Oct 11, 2023

2023 Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards Winners Announced

Hosted by vibrant radio broadcaster Jacinta Parsons and featuring a Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin and warm words from Minister for Creative Industries Colin Brooks, the winners of the 2023 Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards were announced on Tuesday at a gala ceremony - the sector's night of nights - held at ACMI.

This year marks the first time Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria (AMaGA Victoria) and Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) have partnered to deliver the Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards. Now celebrating their 30th year, the Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across the sector. They seek to reward presenting and collecting organisations and the individuals who support and strengthen Victoria’s creative and cultural industries through outstanding work and a commitment to best practice.



Volunteer of the Year Award 

  • WINNER: Tammy Nguyen, Vietnamese Museum Australia


Martin Hallett Award for Community Engagement

  • WINNER: Sherene Hassan, Islamic Museum of Australia


Change-maker of the Year Award 

  • WINNER: Rose Hiscock, The University of Melbourne


Roslyn Lawry Award (Deakin University) 

  • WINNER: Meghan Grech, Deakin University


Volunteer-run Project of the Year

  • WINNER: Queenscliffe Historical Society for their exhibition Queenscliffe Revealed: Hidden Histories, New Narratives
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Women’s Art Register for their publication Leaving Your Legacy: A Guide for Australian Artists


Small Project of the Year (Museum) 

  • WINNER: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum for their exhibition Hard Place/Good Place: Yarra Ranges
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Shrine of Remembrance for their exhibition Defending with Pride


Small Project of the Year (Gallery) 

  • WINNER: RMIT Culture for Radical Utopia, The Design Archaeology of a Creative City
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Hamilton Gallery for their exhibition Luminous: John Orval, Stained Glass Artist


Medium Project of the Year (Museum)

  • WINNER: Museums Victoria for their exhibition More Than a Tarrang (tree): Memory, Material, Cultural Agency
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bonegilla Migrant Experience for their exhibition The Bonegilla ID Cards


Medium Project of the Year (Gallery)

  • WINNER: Art Gallery of Ballarat for their exhibition Beating About The Bush: A new lens on Australian Impressionism
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: TarraWarra Museum of Art for their exhibition TarraWarra Biennial 2023: ua usiusi fa'ava'asavili, curated by Dr Leuli Eshragi.


Large Project of the Year

  • WINNER: Museums Victoria for their exhibition Tyama: A deeper sense of knowing
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Central Goldfields Art Gallery for the Gallery Redevelopment Project


First Nations Project of the Year

  • WINNER: Daylesford and District Historical Society with Djaara Elder Uncle Rick Nelson for their exhibition Coranderrk Portraits
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bundoora Homestead Art Centre for their Truth-telling Permanent History Display
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place for the Repatriation of Gunai Kurnai GRI (canoe) project



Community Museum Accreditation Program

  • Doncaster and Templestowe Historical Society
  • Knox Historical Society
  • Nepean Historical Society
  • National Alpine Museum


Museum Accreditation Program

  • Beechworth Burke Museum
  • Burrinja Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre
  • Coal Creek Community Park and Museum
  • National Trust of Australia (Victoria) 
    • Como House and Garden
    • Old Melbourne Gaol
    • Polly Woodside
    • Rippon Lea Estate
  • The Dax Centre


Congratulations to all Awards and Reccreditation recipients, to all Highly Commended organisations, and thank you to all our fantastic nominees. The outstanding quality of the nominations received testifies to the extraordinary vitality of the Victorian museum and gallery sector.

> Read full Media Release 

> Go to the Award Winners 2023 page