Finalists in ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards
11 May 2018
Canterbury Museum and the New Zealand Maritime Museum are finalists in the Arts Access Museum Award, one of the categories in the 2018 ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards to be announced at an event at Christchurch Art Gallery on Sunday 20 May.
Around 300 museum professionals from around New Zealand will gather in Christchurch from 20 to 23 May for Museums Aotearoa's MA18 conference, Outside Insights.
The Awards are part of the conference and promote excellence by recognising institutions that have developed outstanding exhibitions, programmes, products or projects; exemplify the highest standards and innovative practice; and engage with diverse audiences.
Eight expert judging panels selected the 26 finalists and Museums Aotearoa Executive Director Phillipa Tocker thanked the specialist judging panels and all the institutions that entered this year’s Awards.
“The breadth of entries was extraordinary,” Phillipa said. “It is a real privilege to witness the huge amount of time, expertise and professionalism that goes into these projects, in museums and galleries large and small around the country.”
Service IQ New Zealand Museum Awards Convener Tryphena Cracknell said this year’s Awards attracted a record number of entries from all around New Zealand.
“The judging panels had a difficult task in selecting a handful of winners and finalists but were really impressed by the diversity of exhibitions and projects – from increasing access, celebrating our histories, to finding new ways to work alongside and connect with their communities.”