Meet the 2015 Winners

2015 IMAGinE winners and highly commended
Full list with project descriptions.


Winner of Engagement Programs – 3 -10 paid staff

Developed by artist and laboratory scientist Pat Pillai in collaboration with Rita Pearce, an artist and registered nurse in aged care, this project aimed to combine art and science to increase awareness about brain health and neuroscience.

Participants were invited to create scientifically-informed ‘neurons’ through knitting, crochet or knot patterns. The neurons were then woven together to form a giant ‘neural network’—a large soft-sculptural representation of the brain that formed the centrepiece of the exhibition.

The project was the first of its kind in Australia bringing together artists, scientists, health care specialists and the community. This unique partnership led to the establishment of the Southern Sydney Science Hub, a joint project with Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Sutherland Shire Council. The Hub aims to develop projects that increase understanding and awareness of science and art.

Winer of Sustainability Programs – Volunteer or up to 2 paid staff

The vision behind the new extension was twofold: to design, build and fit-out a multi-purpose gallery to meet environmental standards of national and international museum practice; and to provide the Museum with a temporary exhibition space.

The facility is the first exhibition space in the Southern Highlands capable of accommodating touring exhibitions from state, national and international cultural institutions.

A community fundraising program generated $35,000 from 35 donors. The new space allows the Museum to open an additional 156 days per year by hosting exhibitions on a commercial basis, earning revenue and attracting new audiences.

Winner of Exhibition Projects – Museums – Volunteer or up to 2 paid staff

A collaborative project involving vounteer-run museums on the lower Mid North Coast, Waterways demonstrated sustainable collection-management practices to showcase significant objects and their stories in a web exhibition aimed at attracting new audiences.

The resulting Our Rivers Our History website tells the stories of the Manning, Camden Haven, Hastings and Macleay Rivers through objects in local museums relating to local rivers and coastal waters. The website provides trails, an online collection and related tourist information to illustrate how the region’s rivers have contributed to and defined coastal settlement and development.

The project, funded through a M&G NSW Regional Networking Grant—a devolved funding program supported by Arts NSW—focused on building volunteer skills in collection research, documentation and significance assessment for regional story-telling.

Winner of Exhibition Projects – Galleries – 3 -10 paid staff

Since colonisation, Aboriginal people have lived with conflict as a feature of daily life. They have fought alongside others in various global conflicts, enduring inequality, injustice and neglect, particularly when rewards were distributed to returned servicemen.

Curated by Meryl Ryan, Yhonnie Scarce, and the Gallery’s Aboriginal Reference Group, (in)visible prioritised the perspectives of Aboriginal men and women. Displayed as part of the Anzac Centenary the program included an interactive Poppy Wall where participants could design, draw and print multiple yellow poppies under guidance from the Aboriginal community and a textile designer.

To maximise the visitor experience, extended exhibition panels, a family activity sheet, and tours were provided. School resources included a Teachers’ Day, and staff were trained to sensitively and successfully deal with any racist comments from visitors. The project structure allowed for open conversations and resulted in emotional and honest responses from artists and visitors.



Hawkesbury Regional Museum - Flood!


Winner of Exhibition Projects – Museums: 3 – 10 paid staff

In February 2012, a Hawkesbury resident was reported as saying that he was unaware his home was at risk of flood. And he was not alone: a 2001 survey revealed that one in five residents did not know that they were living on a flood plain.

Flood! set out to raise awareness about what it means to live on a flood plain and how flooding has shaped the local community.

Engaging audiences through dramatic story-telling and effective visual displays, the exhibition featured an innovative software program, Water Ride, which allowed people to enter their street address to see how past and projected floods would affect their home. Creative visual displays effectively illustrated what has happened to people in the Hawkesbury in the past, and what could, and probably will, happen in the future.



2015 IMAGinE winners and highly commended

Full list with project descriptions.