The Foundation for the WA Museum would like to congratulate WA Museum Boola Bardip who won three major national industry awards last Wednesday night.
Supported through the Foundations Discovery Endowment Fund, the $400 million state government-funded project topped three categories at the Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs):
- Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout – Awarded for its multi-disciplinary eight permanent galleries.
- Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement – Awarded for its six-year, State-wide engagement program which saw more than 54,000 people from across WA provide their thoughts and ideas about the stories and programs they wanted to see in their museum.
- Research Project – Awarded for ‘Sharing Stories’, a collaborative short films effort by the museum, Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees; eight Western Australians with refugee experience, and two independent content creators.
The MAGNAs are open to all Australian cultural collecting institutions and give acknowledgement for excellence and innovation in the sector.
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said the awards recognised the outstanding achievement of the new museum.
“Designed with a ‘people first’ approach, it is a museum of and for the people of Western Australia and is a centre of cultural excellence that positions Perth and this great state as a premier cultural tourism destination,” Mr Templeman said.
World class museums rely on investment to remain both relevant and innovative. The vibrancy and value the WA Museum will receive from the Foundation in years to come through the generosity of its supporters, is as equally exciting as the museum itself and its newly acquired national recognition.
The Foundation is proud to continue its commitment to securing the future of the WA Museum through cultivating and developing relationships with individuals, organisations, and community groups who understand the critical role that museums play in society.