ICOM Australia Award (IAA)

The ICOM Australia Award recognises and celebrates the outstanding work undertaken by Australian institutions and individuals that has strengthened international collaboration and contributed to the cultural richness of museums.

Australian museums enrich the cultural, social and intellectual lives of all Australians and in so doing contribute to the development of well-informed, tolerant and cohesive communities. This exchange of ideas and expertise 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 award prior to 2015 was known as the ICOM Australia Award for International Relations.

Two categories of award are offered for:

  • an outstanding individual achievement, recognising sustained international work over a long period
  • a discrete project or an ongoing initiative during the previous year that strengthens museum relations internationally, promotes information sharing across borders and distributes resources beyond Australia.

2016 award

Nominations closed 4 March 2016. Winners announced soon.

Briefing brochure (326kB)



Previous awards



There was no award in 2008.

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