IACA wins 2020 MAGNA Award

IACA has won a prestigious national award for its ground-breaking arts development project Belonging, Contemporary Indigenous Art from Far North QLD.

Commonly known as the MAGNA Awards, the Museums & Galleries National Awards are awarded annually by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA).

At the live streamed MAGNA awards ceremony on Wednesday 28 October, keynote speaker Liz Ann Macgregor from the Museum of Contemporary Art introduced the awards presentation where IACA was announced the 2020 winner of the Indigenous Project or Keeping Place category.

IACA is especially proud of the win considering the high calibre of fellow finalists in the Indigenous Project or Keeping Place category which included; Mosman Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, State Library of NSW, Redland Art Gallery, Bay Discovery Centre, National Gallery of Australia & Sydney Living Museums.

Winners were invited to speak about their winning project at the awards presentation via pre-recorded acceptance videos, see IACA's below.

To see the full list of winners go to the AMaGA website: https://www.amaga.org.au/magna-2020

The award winning IACA Belonging project was funded by the Federal Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program and the Australia Council for the Arts. 

This project reveals untold stories and perspectives of North Queensland Indigenous culture through art. It exceeds current museum practices of ICIP, embraces multimedia, celebrates the connections with diverse Country, and successfully secured partnerships with major cultural institutions leading to potential new projects.

Judges comments Australian Museums and Galleries Association

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IACA programs and events receive financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the Arts Queensland Backing Indigenous Arts initiative, from the Federal Government’s Ministry for the Arts through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program and the Indigenous Languages and Arts program and the Australia Council for the Arts. IACA supports the Indigenous Art Code.

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