Hunter region’s arts sector shines in Museums Australia Conference Awards

13220999_1297112500317291_8944231055287697197_n-2The Hunter region’s thriving and diverse arts sector has been showcased at the Museums Australia Annual National Conference awards with a number of local arts organisations taking out top honours.

Projects from Octapod’s This Is Not Art (TiNA) Festival and the Lock Up won and were highly commended in 4 categories at the 2016 Museums Australia Publication Design Awards (MADPAs) held in Auckland, New Zealand.

The projects won against a number of high-calibre of cultural institutions including the National Museum of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and the National Portrait Gallery, cementing the region as a thriving arts and cultural destination.

Local creative agency, Headjam was behind the creative direction of the This Is Not Art (TiNA) Festival branding and marketing collateral in 2015. A long term partner of Octapod, Headjam generously donated many hours of their services for the development of the TiNA branding and collateral which has set the Festival up for the future.

Headjam’s TiNA project won overall in the Exhibition Branding Package described by judges as “Post-modernism hit on the head” and also won the Multimedia Category for the Festival app. Headjam won highly commended for the TiNA promotional video and for its creative design work on The Lock Up ‘Brett MacMahon – Hidden Nature’ exhibition catalogue.

Octapod, The Lock-Up, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and Maitland Regional Art Gallery represented 11 of the 71 shortlisted project entries, or more than 15 per cent of all projects shortlisted for the MADPA awards. Claire Hodgins of Maitland Regional Art Gallery won in the invitation (Level A) category for her work on Just Paper.

The Conference also included the presentation of the 2016 Museum & Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs), where Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and the Aboriginal Reference Group won two awards for exhibits curated in 2015.

The Gallery won best exhibit in the temporary or Travelling Exhibition for (in)visible: the First Peoples and War show curated by Yhonnie Scarce and Meryl Ryan, whilst also winning the Indigenous Project category for Lore & Order, curated by Biles Fernando.