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2017-18 Budget

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On behalf of the Hodgman Liberal Government, I am delighted to congratulate the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) on its success at the 2017 Museum and Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs), an initiative of Museums Galleries Australia sponsored by Panasonic.

TMAG has picked up an outstanding four MAGNAs, which celebrate outstanding achievements in the Australian museums and galleries sector in the categories of exhibition, audience engagement and learning, and Indigenous programs.

TMAG’s major exhibitions over the last year, Tempest, kanalaritija and One Hell of an Inferno: the 1967 Tasmanian Bushfires each won the MAGNA award for their category.

TMAG was also announced as the 2017 overall National Winner for its Tempest exhibition. The National Winner is selected from a shortlist of the winning entries from all categories.

The awards were presented at an awards ceremony in Brisbane on Monday 15 May as part of the Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 2017.

Being recognised by the MAGNAs is a great honour and it is an outstanding achievement to see TMAG’s impressive range of temporary exhibitions gain national recognition. It also confirms TMAG’s standing as a cultural and tourism drawcard for the state, and reaffirms its importance in achieving our goal of attracting 1.5 million visitors to the state by 2020.

We will continue working closely with TMAG to reinvigorate the institution and ensure its prosperity into the future, with legislation to be debated soon that will establish it as a Statutory Authority.

This will provide TMAG with a modern governance system to maintain these great visitation numbers and ensure it continues as one of our premier historical, cultural and scientific destinations.

On behalf of the Hodgman Liberal Government, I congratulate all the curators and staff, and urge all Tasmanians to visit TMAG to explore one of Australia’s best museum experiences right here in their own backyard.

I also wish to acknowledge the many partners and supporters of TMAG’s winning exhibitions that have made such a rich and engaging exhibition program possible including Detached Cultural Organisation, the Australian Government through the Australia Council and the Visions of Australia program, Dark Mofo and the Tasmanian Community Fund.

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String is currently on display at TMAG until Sunday, 21 May before it embarks on a national tour.

A full list of the 2017 MAGNA winners is available from the Museums Galleries Australia website.