Museums & Galleries Qld

Museum of Brisbane and Queensland Museum honoured at 2012 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards

Posted on: 26 November 2012

Museum and Gallery Services Queensland (M&GSQ) proudly announced the recipients of the 2012 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) at a special event hosted by the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, Caboolture, on Saturday 17 November. Guest presenter, Hon. Ros Bates, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts congratulated this year’s recipients and presented the winners with a specially-commissioned trophy created by Queensland artist, Donna Marcus.

In the coming days, we will bring you the stories on each of the Winners and Special Commendation recipients of the 2012 GAMAA in five categories. In this first article, we announce the GAMAA recipients in the category, ‘Organisations: Staff of 5 or More’:

WINNER – Museum of Brisbane for its contemporary art project,  my own private neon oasis.

SPECIAL COMMENDATION – Queensland Museum for its exhibition, Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour and Gwen Gillam.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.


MUSEUM OF BRISBANE: my own private neon oasis

Inspired by the dynamic histories and diverse cultures of Sunnybank, a suburb located 20 minutes south of Brisbane’s CBD, my own private neon oasis was a contemporary art project exploring Asian-Australian identities that transformed ordinary spaces into extraordinary encounters for local residents, businesses, Asian communities, visitors from across Brisbane and the arts community. Timed to coincide with the Moon Festival, widely celebrated throughout Asian cultures, my own private neon oasis featured nine commissioned artworks by seven international, national and local artists and designers.

Enlivening unexpected and public spaces such as suburban shopping precincts, pedestrian footbridges and carparks, many of the artworks and events focused on interactivity, inviting the community to participate in their creation. Viewers could follow directions to lead them to: an under-utilised rooftop carpark where a temporary pop-up structure, The Lantern designed by Donovan Hill, was headquarters for artists-in-residence by day and framed the rising full moon by night; traverse Choi Jeong Hwa’s Wind, which burst with a shock of fluorescent yellow and pink tulle woven across the switchback of the pedestrian footbridge between Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park; or have a manicure at iNails where, as part of Thea Baumann’s Hologram Holiday, participants could listen to dreamy soundtracks and trigger augmented realities with their painted nails.

Museum of Brisbane developed a range of bilingual marketing materials for my own private neon oasis including social media sites and a 160-page full-colour publication with Chinese translation to document the project.


QUEENSLAND MUSEUM: Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour and Gwen Gillam

The exhibition Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour and Gwen Gillam showcased a collection of 41 exquisite garments, objects and ephemera associated with Gwen Gillam, a Brisbane fashion designer who developed a profitable business creating garments for Queensland women during the 1950s and 1960s. Based on then-current international couture, Gillam’s contemporary and custom designs were popular with Queensland society women and positioned Gillam as a successful entrepreneur with a strong reputation for innovation, style and quality.

Featured themes included bridal fittings, in the workroom, a day at the races and cocktails at Lennon’s. The exhibition also included garments inspired by Gillam created by two TAFE fashion design students and two young professional designers, including Gwen’s great niece.

The exhibition space was designed to evoke a 1960s ‘lounge’ atmosphere and included videos featuring Parisian couture of the period and documentary footage of Brisbane life and culture at the time. An interactive space, ‘Drawn to Fashion’ allowed visitors of all ages to physically touch swatches of fabrics on show in the exhibition and then creatively design and display their own fashions in the space. Public programs for the exhibition included a public seminar and a vintage fair held in Whale Mall at the Queensland Museum with vintage clothing stalls, live music and 60s makeovers.

Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour and Gwen Gillam has attracted diverse and intergenerational audiences – women who wore Gillam’s garments in the 1950s and 60s, young people interested in vintage fashion, people with an historical interest in the period, and fashion, art and design students.


The 2012 GAMAA was presented by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. This prestigious annual event is designed to celebrate the outstanding achievements, professional excellence and innovation of Queensland’s museums and galleries. The Awards recognise the valuable contribution our State’s museums and galleries make to enriching their local and wider communities, and honour the extraordinary commitment and talents of paid professionals and volunteers working in the industry.

For a full list of winners and photos of the event, and to see what the GAMAA Judges said, go to the M&GSQ website at

The 2012 GAMAA were proudly sponsored by the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, Brian Tucker Accountant, Brandi Projects, Archival Survival, Regional Galleries Association of Queensland and Museums Australia Queensland.


Tell us what you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Museums & Galleries Queensland

122 Gerler Rd, Hendra QLD 4011

Phone: 07 3059 9740

Museums & Galleries Queensland is the peak professional body for the public museum and gallery sector in Queensland.

Museums & Galleries Queensland promotes, supports and provides services to foster excellence in museums, galleries and keeping places. We strive to ensure a future where museums, galleries and keeping places are relevant, accessible and valued by their communities.

M&G QLD Staff

Rebekah Butler, Executive Director
Debra Beattie, General Manager
Melissa Fletcher, Information Officer
Deannah Vieth, Training and Professional Development Manager
Leisha Walker, Training and Professional Development Program Officer
Donna Davis, Exhibition Program Officer
Bonnie Melrose, Exhibition Program Officer
Andrea Higgins, Exhibition Program Officer

M&G QLD’s User Online Comments Policy

%d bloggers like this: