The Chau Chak Wing Museum was announced as the winner of three national awards at the 2021 Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Conference in Canberra on Wednesday, June 9.
The great temporary exhibition Gululu dhuwala djalkiri: welcome to the Yolŋu foundations moved back National Museums and Galleries Award (MAGNA) for the best indigenous project. The Chau Chak Wing Museum branding and opening invitation both received the Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDA).
Director David Ellis accepted the awards on behalf of exhibition curators Rebecca Conway and Matt Poll, the three collaborating Yol communautésu communities of Milingimbi, Yirrkala and Ramingining, and the rest of the Museum team.
Gululu dhuwala djalkiri: welcome to the Yolŋu foundations is the first exhibition presented in the largest exhibition space of the Chau Chak Wing Museum, the 420 square meter Ian Potter Gallery for temporary exhibitions. It presents 350 works of art from the collections of the University of Sydney and was created in collaboration with the communities of eastern Arnhem Land.
Receiving the award, Rebecca Conway explained that “our project encompassed the exhibition, its development over 4 years with the Yolŋu communities through consultations and the production of an associated book”. She continued, “We have been guided throughout by the social and philosophical concepts of Yolŋu, and the strategies for the design, layout and interpretation of the exhibition have been led by Yolngu“.