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Frequently Asked Questions


The Entry Process


What does an entry need to include?


Information such as who was involved, what the project entailed, where it was held and when, the budget, media and visitor interest. The judges want to know why you undertook the project in the way you did, what challenges you overcame, and why it is worthy of recognition. Ask yourself, “What is the point of difference for our exhibition/event/project?”.

See our Entry forms and information about the process.


What supporting evidence should we submit?

You could include some or all of the following: plans, reports, photographs, graphic material, visitor book comments, blog posts, media hits. Remember that this material should be there to support and strengthen your entry. Don’t go overboard, and please keep material submitted within the limits and in the formats specified in the entry form.

 

How do we enter?

Prepare your entry as a single pdf file, and include the cover sheet from the entry form. Then submit your entry online here.

Note: There are separate entry forms for the Arts Access Aotearoa Museum Award and the MSAANZ Best New Product or Range

Read the Ts and Cs here

 

How recent does the exhibition, programme or project need to be to qualify for this year’s awards?

Any exhibition, programme, project or product range completed within two years of the closing date can be entered, i.e. 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2019.

 

How do I nominate someone for the Mina McKenzie Award?

Nominations for the Mina McKenzie Award can be made by any member of Museums Aotearoa. Nominees can be paid or unpaid staff or volunteers working in any aspect of the museum sector.

More information on the 2019 Mina McKenzie Award here

 

Can anyone enter or nominate someone for an award?

The Awards are open to individual and museum members of Museums Aotearoa. If you are not a member but would like to be involved, either go and talk to your local museum, or contact Museums Aotearoa.

 

The exhibition that we would like to enter crosses over between two categories. Which one should we enter?

If you are not sure which category to enter, please contact the Awards Convenor to discuss. If you run out of time, please signal this in your entry. The judges may elect to move your entry to a different category at their discretion.

 

Can we enter one exhibition in several categories?

You should not enter the same exhibition in more than one category unless you are entering different aspects. For example, you could enter an exhibition in Exhibition Excellence: Art and a series of community events associated with the exhibition in the Public Programmes category. If in doubt, please contact the Awards Convenor to discuss.

 

Is there a cost involved in entering?

The entry fee is between $50 and $200 depending on the size of your institution. See more details here

 

The Judging Process

 

What are the judges looking for?

Vision: The project or programme demonstrates and advances the museum’s mission.

Engagement: The project or programme creates new knowledge, awareness, access, skills or connections for audiences / participants.

Resourcefulness: The project or programme takes the museum’s resources (such as people, collections, skills, or community context) and makes the most of them.

Innovation: The project or programme demonstrates new thinking and approaches that others can learn from.

 

What do the judges need to know?

Judges will be looking for excellence in conceptualisation and delivery in all entries. They need to know information such as who was involved, what the project entailed, where it was held and when. They also want to know what is special about your project - why you undertook the project in the way you did, what challenges you overcame, and why it is worthy of recognition.

 

Who are the judges?

Entries will be assessed by panels of 3-5 judges with expertise in each field. The judging panels will be announced in late March.

 

What does the overview panel do?

Once the judging panels have reached their decisions, the overview panel will review the category panel decisions, and may also adjudicate on any ambiguous categories or panel stalemates. The overview panel will also decide the Project category and may make additional awards or commendations.

 

Who judges the Arts Access Aotearoa Museum Award?

This category is judged by a panel nominated by Arts Access Aotearoa. It includes an Arts Access Aotearoa staff member, an access advocate and at least one other nominated person.

 

Who judges the MSAANZ Award for Best new Product or Range?

The Museum Shops Association of Australia & New Zealand is professional organisation dedicated to cultural retail management in Australasia. MSAANZ will nominate their judging panel.

 

Who judges the ServiceIQ Outstanding Visitor Experience Award?

This category will be judged by the overview panel, including a ServiceIQ nominee.

 

Will awards be made in every category?

If judges are unable to identify a suitable entry in any particular category, no award will be given. The judges may choose to recognise other achievements, for example by commendation.

 

About the Awards

 

What is the Most Innovative Public Programme Award?

We welcome entries from all kinds of programmes which extend the museum or gallery's mission through public outreach and engagement. These could be education programmes, public events, conferences or technology projects.

 

What is the Most Innovative Education Programme Award?

This new award is for outstanding programmes aimed at children, young people and their whanau and which encourage learning through their museums. The award will focus on the participation of early learning, school and youth groups in museum programmes and the engagement of young people and their families.

 

What qualifies as a project for the Museum Project Excellence Award?

This category is intended for a range of institutional projects that are not exhibitions. This could include physical development, collection development, sustainable practice and research projects. Last year’s winner was Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton for its development project. The judges were impressed by the vision and sustainability of the project. They also cited the strong sense of community and partnership evident throughout the facility.

 

What is the Arts Access Aotearoa Museum Award?

This category is intended to recognise museums that have made a particular commitment to building new audiences by becoming more accessible to diverse communities. Museums Aotearoa is partnering with Arts Access Aotearoa for this award. Note: There is a separate entry form for this category.

 

What is the Best New Product or Range Award?

This award is a partnership between MA and the Museum Shops Association of Australia and New Zealand (broken link). The award will recognise innovative, sustainable, well-designed and successful museum and gallery retail products. The judges are looking for bespoke merchandise which is relevant to the institution or to a specific exhibition. Note: There is a separate entry form for this category.

 

What is the Mina McKenzie Award?

The Mina McKenzie Award is an individual achievement award, aimed at acknowledging mid-career museum professionals and volunteers who have made a significant contribution to their institution, community or the museums sector.

Nominations for the Mina McKenzie Award can be made by any member of Museums Aotearoa. Nominees can be paid or unpaid staff or volunteers working in any aspect of the museum sector.

The Mina McKenzie Award will be decided by a judging panel appointed by the Board of MA with input from Mina McKenzie’s whanau. The 2019 recipient will be announced at the Awards ceremony.

More information here

 

Do the awards include prize money?

Each finalist and winner will receive a framed certificate, a citation in the awards publication and opportunities for publicity. There are no monetary awards.


See our Terms and Conditions for further information about the Awards and the entry and judging processes

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