ICOM Australia Awards

ICOM Australia Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding work undertaken by Australian individuals and institutions that has strengthened international relations and contributed to the cultural richness of museums and galleries.

Australian museums and galleries enrich the cultural, social and intellectual lives of all Australians and contribute to well-informed, tolerant and cohesive communities.ICOM Australia Award glass globe prize created by Benjamin Edols The exchange of ideas and expertise internationally is an important part of expanding these opportunities.

Award winners are presented with a glass globe sculpture and certificate. The sculptures were commissioned by ICOM Australia from Sydney based master glassmaker Benjamin Edols, and were created at the Canberra Glassworks.


The Awards prior to 2015 were known as the ICOM Australia Award for International Relations.

Two Awards are offered annually:

  • Individual Award - for impact on an international level

    This Award is given to an outstanding individual achievement recognising significant international engagement and inspirational contribution to Australia’s cultural life.

    Any professional individual who has contributed significantly to the museum and/or gallery sector can be nominated.
  • Institution Award - for an innovative project

    This Award is given to an innovative project or an ongoing initiative that has realised a major milestone in 2019. Projects or initiatives can be from any area of museum and gallery practice – from curatorial and education to audience engagement and professional development.

    This Award is open to museums and galleries or partner organisations including educational institutions or non-government organisations. Individuals and/or teams can be recognised by the Institution Award.

ICOM Australia Awards 2018

2020 Awards

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Awards were postponed. A 2020-2021 Awards program is to be announced in 2021. Nominations lodged for 2020 will automatically be elligible for the combined 2020-2021 program.


  Awards 2020 nomination form



Previous Awards

For details of previous award winners please select a tile below.



There were no Awards in 2008.

ICOM Australia Awards Copyright Roger Garland