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 an outstanding individual achievement recognising significant international engagement and inspirational contribution to Australia’s cultural life
  • Institution Award - for an innovative project or an ongoing initiative during the previous year that strengthens museum relations internationally, promotes information sharing across borders and distributes resources beyond Australia.
     

ICOM Australia Awards

2017 awards

The awards were presented by Alec Coles OBE (Chair, ICOM Australia) at the 2017 Museums and Galleries Australia National Conference dinner at Brisbane on 16 May 2017.

Press release - winners (151kB)

Briefing brochure (326kB)


Individual award

Hetti Perkins

Presented to Hetti Perkins for her outstanding contribution to museum practice and her commitment to a national and international profile for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Her expansive curatorial practice provides innovative ways to bring Indigenous art to a wider public within Australia and internationally.

Hetti Perkins testimonial (142kB)

ICOM Australia Awards 2017: 1. Hetti Perkins with Waterbrain by Rusty Peters (2002), Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney  Image (detail): Susie Hagon  2. Alec Coles (Chair, ICOM Australia) and Toni Janke, accepting the individual award on behalf of Hetti Perkins  Image (detail): Benny Jewell

1. Hetti Perkins with Waterbrain by Rusty Peters (2002), Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
  
Image (detail): Susie Hagon

2. Alec Coles (Chair, ICOM Australia) and Toni Janke, accepting the Individual Award on
   behalf of Hetti Perkins

   Image (detail): Benny Jewell


Institution award

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Presented to the Campbelltown Arts Centre for the project With secrecy and despatch. This project marked the 200th anniversary of the Appin Massacre in NSW in 2016. With secrecy and despatch was a unique cross-cultural collaboration between the Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts. It involved the local Dharawal community and First Nations curators Tess Allas (Australia) and David Garneau (Canada).

Campbelltown Arts Centre testimonial (137kB)

ICOM Australia Awards 2017: Left to right: Vernon Ah Kee (artist), Tess Allass (curator), Dale Harding (artist) and Michael Dagostino (Director, Campbelltown Arts Centre), after receiving the institution award from Alec Coles (Chair, ICOM Australia)  Image (detail): Benny Jewell

Left to right: Vernon Ah Kee (artist), Tess Allass (curator), Dale Harding (artist) and Michael Dagostino (Director, Campbelltown Arts Centre), after receiving the Institution Award from Alec Coles (Chair, ICOM Australia)
Image (detail): Benny Jewell

 


 

Previous awards

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

   

 

There was no award in 2008.

ICOM Australia Awards Copyright Roger Garland