IMAGinE awards

IMAGinE awards 2020

2020 has been a challenging year for the sector. In response, Museums & Galleries of NSW has redesigned this year’s IMAGinE awards to celebrate the resilience, innovation and creativity of galleries and museums in the face of hardship.

In recognition of the financial demands currently facing organisations and to encourage maximum engagement with the sector all nomination fees have been waived for the year.

The IMAGinE awards recognise the people who work in museums and galleries across NSW and the contributions they make. IMAGinE celebrates all institutions and pays homage to those organisations run by volunteers, with limited budgets and minimal resources. These awards offer a unique opportunity for museums and galleries in NSW to advocate, promote their achievements and raise their profile within the sector and the broader community.

Frequently Asked Questions

2020 categories

Innovation & Resilience award
The Innovation and Resilience award recognises the outstanding efforts of museums and galleries during hardship and celebrate excellence and innovation in exhibition practice, resilience building projects and engagement programs.

Imagination award
A first for the IMAGinE awards, this year we will be awarding $3,000 cash grants to realise selected new projects to make your cultural environment more vibrant. In this category, we are seeking proposals for projects that demonstrate creative and innovate approaches to exhibitions and engagement projects.

Nominations close: 5pm, 31 August 2020

For more information about the IMAGinE awards please post your enquiry in the form below or contact Dale Maxwell-Smith, 0412425047 or


The IMAGinE awards are an initiative of Museums & Galleries of NSW, developed with support from Australian Museums and Galleries Association NSW and Regional and Public Galleries of NSW.