Members of the JCG team receiving the Vice Chancellors Award for Professional Staff – Excellence in Reconciliation, 6 November 2019.
An Award Winning Year!
A Curtin University research collaboration between the Gallery and the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research (CSRR) has been recognised at the 2019 Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA) and the activities supporting the Carrolup tour to Colgate University has won the inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Reconciliation.
The collaborative exhibition, Contesting Space 1: Women in Sport, which included a catalogue of written and visual works outlining the experiences of female athletes, won the research category award at the MAGNAs, held in Alice Springs in May.
The exhibition was held at JCG from 26 July to 2 September 2018 and attracted over 6,000 visitors. It included existing works from the University Art Collection, new works from Western Australian contemporary artists, a new documentary film, a series of video works and installations explored the themes of women contesting predominantly male spaces.
Gallery Director Mr Chris Malcolm said Gallery staff enjoyed working with the research team in the co-learning research endeavour. “The major significance of the project is that it demonstrated the value of an art exhibition as a vehicle not only for the purpose of discourse around a given subject, but also in generating new material for future research,” Mr Malcolm said.
The Gallery’s engagement activities supporting the Carrolup collection and the tour to New York earlier this year, earned the team the Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence in Reconciliation, presented at a ceremony in November.
The award recognised he teams efforts across a range of engagement activities using the Carrolup Art Collection as a vehicle for promoting and demonstrating reconciliation and healing. These activities included hosting the Carrolup/Marribank reunion in 2018 and 2019, curating the exhibition which toured to Colgate University, New York in early 2019, running a series of teacher workshops on reconciliation, presenting at the State History Conference, creating new content for the Gallery website, and hosting tours and talks about the collection throughout the year.
Find more information on the Vice Chancellors Award.