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:
The awards were presented by Dr Robin Hirst (Chair, ICOM Australia) at the 2016 Museums Australasia Conference dinner at Auckland on 17 May 2016.
Briefing brochure (326kB)
Dr Des Griffin AM
Presented to Dr Des Griffin AM who as a museum professional has spent his life advocating for cultural diversity within the museum sector, especially in Australia and New Zealand.
Des Griffin testimonial (34kb)
National Museum of Australia
Presented to the National Museum of Australia for its collaboration with the British Museum which saw it realise two landmark exhibitions: Enduring Civilisations at the British Museum, and Encounters: revealing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum at the National Museum in Canberra.
National Museum testimonial (169kb)
Presentation at Auckland, New Zealand. (Left to right) Des Griffin, Ian Coates (Head, Collections, National Museum of Australia), Barbara Paulson (Curator, National Museum of Australia), Mat Trinca (Director, National Museum of Australia), Robin Hirst (Chair, ICOM Australia).
There was no award in 2008.