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NZ Museum Awards finalists

3 April 2012

New museum developments, innovative projects and excellent exhibitions will be recognised in the 2012 New Zealand Museum Awards.  Winners will be named from among 15 finalists at a gala dinner in Wellington on 19 April celebrating the fifth annual national museum awards. 

The selection panel, including guest judges Jock Phillips and Heather Galbraith, had a hard job selecting from the record number of entries. ‘The panel had some robust debate about which entries were most deserving, which is why we have such a large number of finalists’, says Phillipa Tocker, Executive Director of Museums Aotearoa. ‘We are delighted at the quality and quantity of these projects.’

A new feature this year is the category of ‘museum and gallery development’, which recognises some major capital projects completed recently.  While the scale of the finalists ranges from the Auckland Art Gallery rebuild and MOTAT Aviation Display Hall to more modest developments at Te Manawa and Whangarei Art Museum, each was a significant challenge which has exceeded expectations. 

In the innovation and new technology category, the judges have recognised mobile phone and online projects at Auckland Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery, and Waikato Museum’s innovative temporary wall system that addresses the issue of waste and sustainability for changing exhibitions.

The exhibition category drew the most entries, and the judges were attracted to those which stretched both the institution and the audience.  Challenging subjects were explored by Museums Wellington with Death and Diversity, and Dunedin Public Art Gallery in Still Life: The Art of Anatomy.  Other challenges were logistical, with Aratoi working with iwi to borrow a significant waka from Te Papa for Wairarapa Moana, and Luit Bieringa successfully encompassing 125 years of design in a free-standing exhibition Old School New School for Massey University in Wellington.

Christchurch museums were back in the awards this year with exhibitions from Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery.  Both affected by and developed as a result of the earthquakes, Canterbury Quakes and De-Building offered visitors exciting ways of exploring and learning from their effects.

The other major national event of 2011 was recognised in Red, Yellow and (All) Black developed by Waikato Museum.  Among so many rugby-related offerings, the judges agreed that this exhibition stood out as engaging and user-friendly for all kinds of visitors. 

The award judges, Jock Phillips, Heather Galbraith, Greg McManus and Jane Legget, said that the entries exercised and impressed them.  ‘It is rewarding to see so many creative and exciting projects being produced despite – or in spite of – the financial and other challenges facing our public museums and galleries,’ said Phillipa Tocker, ‘the announcement of the winners on 19 April will be a wonderful celebration of their achievements.’

The New Zealand Museum Awards dinner at City Gallery Wellington is part of Museums Aotearoa’s MA12 conference, Collaboration in practice.  The awards programme is proudly sponsored by Story Inc, New Zealand’s leading creator of visitor experiences.

New Zealand Museum Awards 2012 Finalists 

Finalist                Project
Aratoi exhibition: Wairarapa Moana
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki project: gallery redevelopment
Auckland War Memorial Museum project: AQUA mobile trail
Canterbury Museum exhibition: Canterbury Quakes
Christchurch Art Gallery
Te Puna o Waiwhetu
online project: MyGallery
Christchurch Art Gallery
Te Puna o Waiwhetu
exhibition: De-Building
Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition: Still Life: The Art of Anatomy
Luit Bieringa exhibition: Old School New School
Museum of Transport
and Technology
project: Aviation Display Hall development
Museum of Wellington
City & Sea
exhibition: Death and Diversity
New Zealand Historic Places Trust project: Pompallier Mission
& Fyffe House interpretation
Te Manawa Museums Trust project: Te Manawa development
Waikato Museum project: temporary exhibition wall fabrication system
Waikato Museum exhibition: Red, Yellow, (All) Black
Whangarei Art Museum
Te Manawa Toi
project: Whangarei Art Museum
Relocation/Rebrand
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News Update 24 February 2012

This week we remembered those who were lost one year ago in the Christchurch earthquake. We particularly mihi to our Canterbury colleagues, for whom it has been a very difficult year. Among all the demolition, closures and (re)openings, we note that Christchurch Art Gallery is likely to be closed for another year and hopes to operate around the corner in CoCA before that, the Air Force Museum has been supporting local museums and is forging ahead with its new development, and Canterbury Museum has reopened and worked hard to develop a Canterbury Quakes exhibition, which opened this week.

‘Heritage’ is much in the news these days. There has been heightened interest in the preservation – and demolition – of heritage buildings since the Canterbury earthquakes. There have also been some interesting archaeological finds, some of which have held up development projects. Museum professionals and NZ Historic Places Trust archaeologists are often called in to assess and advise, and it is good to see these experts being quoted in the media. See these and other recent news stories here (you need to be a member to log in).

MA12, 18-20 April 2012 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
At last we have wrangled the technology, and registration for the MA12 conference in Wellington is open. Check out our website for the programme, accommodation options, associated activities, or click here to go straight to registration.

NZ Museum Awards – deadline looming
Applications for the New Zealand Museum Awards 2012 are due by 5pm, Thursday 1 March. Entries for either individual or museum categories could be exhibitions, research, public programmes, innovative projects and specific achievements. Full details and entry forms are on the Awards page of our website.

Online fundraising
We have noticed that museums are beginning to get involved in online fundraising efforts. As well as those larger organisations which have their own in-house systems, there are several web-based services for raising money. Small and large amounts of support can be encouraged through the likes of Nelson Provincial Museum’s campaign on fundraiseonline.co.nz and Raglan Museum, Kiwi North and the Air Force Museum are signed up to givealittle.co.nz. We’d be interested to hear how successful these efforts are, and whether there are others being used. Please contact us about this or any other matter of interest.

International vs Domestic tourism
The latest NZ tourism data shows an increase in international visitor arrivals for the year to December 2011, with growth of 3% on December 2010. After a downturn from March to September 2011, arrivals are now the highest ever, topping 2.6 million. Much of the increase was Australia-based New Zealanders returning to visit friends and relatives, and there was also a steady increase in numbers from China. Domestic tourism was increasing at a slightly higher rate in the year to September 2011, with figures for the year to December due out in early March. All this tourism research and data is on the Ministry for Economic Development website here.

Now we’re well into 2012, with all the usual activities and some new projects. The auditor was in our office last week making sure our 2011 accounts are in order. Applications for The Clark Collection / Creative New Zealand Scholarship and Mina McKenzie Scholarship for 2012 have closed and are under consideration. We’re in the process of mailing out the 2012 Directory. We’re about to start this year’s Visitor Research Survey, and launch into a bigger, more comprehensive sector statistics project, which will pick up from where the earlier ‘barometer’ surveys ended.

We look forward to hearing from you, seeing you at MA12 and other events, and working with you and on your behalf in 2012.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Sophie


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