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Art Gallery wins prestigious award

Page last published: 20 May 2014

Three Graces' by Bronwyn Bancroft. 2005. Acrylic store mannequins painted with acrylic. Photo credit: Effy AlexakisMacquarie University's Art Gallery has won a prestigious MAGNA (Museums and Galleries National Award) at the Museums Australia National Conference on May 17. The award was given in the category of Exhibition (Temporary/Travelling) for the Art Gallery's Affinities: 7 Museums, 50 objects exhibition.

The MAGNAs recognise excellent work nationally in exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects across 5 award categories.

"The award was given against some tough competitors in the same category, including the National Gallery of Australia, Australian War Memorial and Australian Museum," says Rhonda Davis, Senior Curator at the Macquarie University Art Gallery and curatorial coordinator of the Affinities exhibition.

The Affinities: 7 Museums, 50 objects exhibition brings together the most exciting pieces from the University's various museums and collections to reveal their interdisciplinary relationships, and the tastes and values that have shaped Macquarie University's extraordinary collections since the institution's foundation in 1964. A team of over 20 curators, researchers and academics created the exhibition.

Affinities is one of a number of special displays in celebration of the University's Golden Jubilee Year, and was open to the public in the University Art Gallery until May 25. Included in the exhibition and on public display for the first time is the Lewis Morley Library archive, a recent donation to the University.

During the launch of the exhibition, Professor John Simons, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts said, "Macquarie University is blessed with a range of collections reflecting the interests of its Collegiate body and, in this Jubilee Year, it seemed appropriate to celebrate those assets, both physical and intellectual, with an exhibition that brought together objects from across the range of our holdings."

The Macquarie University Art Gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays, from 10am to 5pm.