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Award-Winning Art Gallery

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery has won many local, state and national awards in the tourism and local government sector for excellence in education, cultural development and programming, in particular Aboriginal programming. This year, at a ceremony in New Zealand, the gallery received two Museums & Galleries National Awards (MAGNA) acknowledging important 2015 projects: (in)visible: the First Peoples and War, and Lore & Order. In 2015, the gallery received two Museum and Galleries NSW IMAGinE awards for the significant exhibition project (in)visible: the First Peoples and War and for our state-of-the art lighting upgrade. In 2013, the gallery and Aboriginal Reference Group were Highly Commended in the public programs category of the MAGNA for the project Stencils Past, Stencils Last, which also took out an M&G NSW IMAGinE Award in 2012. Over the years, our publications have also been regularly acknowledged with the presentation of Museums Australia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards (MAPDA). These accolades acknowledge great work in presenting projects and engaging audiences across the country and the state respectively.

[from top] On behalf of the gallery, Douglas and Selena Archibald from the Aboriginal Reference Group, and Gallery Director Debbie Abraham, collect two  MAGNAs in 2016; Curator Meryl Ryan accepts two 2015 IMAGinE Awards from Jennifer Barrett, Chair of M&GNSW Board; the team from the Stencils Past Stencils Last project receive the 2013 IMAGinE Award; Debbie Abraham and Meryl Ryan celebrate the MAPDA for Best in Show in Perth in 2011.

2016
IMAGinE Award for the exhibition project Lore & Order
MAGNA for the Temporary or Travelling Exhibition category with (in)visible: the First Peoples and War
MAGNA for the Indigenous Project or Keeping Place category with Lore & Order
2015
IMAGinE Award for the exhibition project (in)visible: The First Peoples and War
IMAGinE Award for Sustainability Projects for new energy efficient lighting system.
MAPDA Best Catalogue (under 64 pages) High Commendation Wild Side
MAPDA Best Poster - Level A - High Commendation Wild Side
2014
MAPDA Best Catalogue (under 64 pages) Look closely now...
MAPDA Best Catalogue (under 64 pages) High Commendation I SPY
2013
MAGNA Highly Commended / Public Program category for Stencils Past, Stencils Last
2012
MAPDA Best Catalogue (under 64 pages) (re)vision
IMAGinE Award for Education and Public Engagement Stencils Past, Stencils Last
2011
MAPDA Best in Show with Carnival exhibition catalogue
MAPDA Best Poster – Level A Carnival exhibition catalogue
NSW Local Government and Shire Association Cultural Award [LGSACA] for Aboriginal Cultural Development for A Possum Skin Cloak by the Lake
2010
MAPDA Best Catalogue (under 64 pages) The Museum Effect
MAPDA Corporate – Level A for Gallery Promotional Look
2009
IMAGinE Award for Education and Public Engagement for yapang marruma: making our way (stories of the Stolen)
MAPDA Best Catalogue (under 64 pages) Adam Geczy: Concerts
MAPDA Best Catalogue (under 64 pages) High Commendation Cold Front
2008
NSW LGSACA for Aboriginal Cultural Development
2007
MAPDA Gallery Program and Corporate Branding
MAPDA Best Catalogue (under 64 pages) High Commendation Earth cry
MAPDA Best Catalogue (under 64 pages) High Commendation Found out
2006
MAPDA Best in Show with colour(less) exhibition catalogue
MAPDA Best Catalogue (under 64 pages) colour(less)
NSW LGSACA for Aboriginal Cultural Development
2005
National LGSACA (Commendation) for Strengthening Indigenous Communities
NSW LGSACA for Aboriginal Cultural Development
MAPDA Best Catalogue (under 64 pages) High Commendation Traverse
2004
NSW LGSACA for Best Practice in Managing a Cultural Institution
Hunter Regional Award for Excellence in Heritage and Cultural Tourism
2003
Tourism NSW Award for Business Excellence in Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Hunter Regional Award for Excellence in Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Photo:MAGNA 2016 Photo:IMAGinE award 2015 Photo: 'Stencils Past Stencils Last' team accept the 2012 IMAginE Award in Sydney in November Photo: Debbie Abraham and Meryl Ryan at the 2011 MAPDA awards in Perth