Sydney, 26 November, 2021. The Australian Museum (AM) and Director, First Nations, Laura McBride were awarded two of the top prizes in the 2021 IMAGinE awards for the ground-breaking exhibition, Unsettled. Named Winner for Exhibition Project, Large Museums, and also receiving the ACHAA Award for Excellence by an Aboriginal Curator, the IMAGinE awards recognised the breadth of curatorial research and the quality, scale and creativity of the Unsettled exhibition. The awards, given to NSW and ACT Museums and Galleries, were announced last night.
Appointed Director, First Nations in March, 2021, the IMaGInE awards caps of off an amazing few years for McBride, a Wailwan and Kooma woman.
“I am honoured to have won the Excellence by an Aboriginal curator award, which is decided by mob. I want to thank all the many community members who shared their knowledge and stories within Unsettled,” McBride said.
“Driven by the desire to present our stories, in our own voices, myself and co-curator, Dr Mariko Smith have spent the past three years developing, researching, consulting and checking the content for Unsettled.”
“Winning these awards along with the industry peer recognition is a wonderful way to celebrate the efforts, creativity and passion the whole AM team have put into Unsettled,” McBride added.
Director and CEO, Australian Museum, Kim McKay AO, congratulated McBride and the AM team for their achievements.
“The Unsettled exhibition is a world class example of First Nations curation, and we are very proud to be recognised with these awards.”
“Unsettled opened in May 2021, to record crowds and reviews demonstrating that excellence and innovation can provide transformative experiences. The story told in Unsettled is one which every Australian should see and it’s why we’ve made it free to the public.”
Unsettled is open until 27 January, 2022 and free to all visitors. The exhibition is complemented by rich program of activities and workshops to deepen the experience. See here: https://australian.museum/visit/whats-on/
Unsettled exhibition was made possible through the generous donations received from The Balnaves Foundation (Major Supporter); IAS Fine Art Logistics, Reconciliation Australia (Exhibition Partners); Ashurst, DLA Piper, Gilbert + Tobin (Supporting Partners); and ABC Radio Sydney (Media Partner). The acquisition of cultural materials for Signal Fires was funded by a grant from the Australian Museum Foundation.
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