Sep 08, 2023

Congratulations to the 2023 Victorian Museums and Galleries awards shortlist!

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. The shortlisted organisations for the Project of the Year Awards 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: Yarra Ranges
  • 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 Ballart | 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 | 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 also be announced on the night.

Tickets for the Awards Ceremony are selling fast, so 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.

You can register here to attend our event at ACMI on Tuesday 10 October 2023. 


*All nominations listed for this category.