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GWOONWARDU MIA (GAHCC) Wins Museums Australia’s Most Prestigious National Award.

In September, Scott Watson’s design of the exhibition Burlganyja Wanggaya – Old people Talking – Listen, Learn and Respect was named the National Winner of the very prestigious ‘Museums and Galleries National Award’.

And on the same night, the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre (GAHCC) also won the Award for Best Permanent Exhibition.  It was a very exciting time for Scott Watson Design (SWD) and Signcode Australia couldn’t be more thrilled for the Centre or more proud to have been a part of this success story.

Why Did It Win?

Here’s what the judges had to say: ‘The panel was strongly impressed by the historical importance of this material and project – especially the dynamic ways in which important stories of Indigenous experience of social history (individually and collectively) were achieved with community consultation …  Judges were also impressed by the high design values, clarity and professionalism of the installations …’

How We Worked on the Project?

Working closely with SWD, Signcode helped to problem solve many installation considerations including the manufacture of the Centre’s built furniture housing it’s interactive displays of speakers and cameras. The sheer complexity of the work scope was totally stimulating: ranging from fabricating alucobond and rusted aluminium furniture, installing large scale printed graphics onto uneven walls and curved sub-structures, implementing raised acrylic cut lettering, right through to traditional signwriting.

Our initial sight assessment in Carnarvon meant that when we put pen to paper, all of the challenges the building presented us with were addressed prior to installation, ensuring the entire exhibition was implemented seamlessly, guaranteeing the project’s tight deadlines were achieved on budget and in time for the grand opening in June by Premier Colin Barnett.

Gwoodwardu Mia is definitely an exhibition worth checking out.  It’s remarkable for a lot of reasons but the one we like best is the sensitivity shown in bringing the region’s 5 language cultures together to tell one powerful story.   And when you’re there, say g’day to the gorgeous Justine, who’d love nothing more than to share the Centre’s vision with you.

Not being content with taking out two major awards, the centre and exhibition went on to win ‘Best in State’ and ‘AWARD of Merit’ at the DIA (WA) 2012 Awards in early November, closely followed by winning Bronze at the WA Tourism Awards one week later in Category 7 – Indigenous Tourism.

Yes, proud indeed.

Visitors enjoying the interactive displays at the Centre

Gwoonwardu Mia Touchtables