On 9th November we celebrated the best in project excellence at the 2023 Interpretation Australia National Awards for Excellence. Congratulations to all the recipients.

 

Judges

We would like to extend our thanks to this year’s judges who provided their expertise and time to support our amazing national awards program.

Joshua Madden (Awards Convenor)
Julian Siu
Alice Steedman
Noni Boyd
Felicity Coleman

Interpretation Australia 2023 Medal Winner

Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

Judges Comment: A fantastic truly immersive interpretive cultural landscape that shows how interpretation can be beautiful when well planned and designed.

Interpretation Planning & Design Project Winner

Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation, LookEar, Mono Design, Cooper Scaife Architects, Em PRESS Publishing, Sound Environment, Parks Victoria, Glenelg Shire Council, Regional Development Victoria, Tyrendarra Public and Recreation Reserve Committee

Judges Comment:

This is a well planned and well executed project that fully integrates the interpretation and architecture and truly compliments the World Heritage Site. 

First Nations Interpretation Project Winner

Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation, LookEar, Mono Design, Cooper Scaife Architects, Accuraco, Em PRESS Publishing, Sound Environment, Synthesis Design + Build, Word Works, Site Office, Bentleigh Group, Nicholson Construction, Parks Victoria, Glenelg Shire Council, Regional Development Victoria, Tyrendarra Public and Recreation Reserve Committee

Judges Comment:

So important to see Aboriginal cultural significance embedded in ‘everyday life’ situations not just in museums.

Interpretation Project – Indoors less than $75K Winner

Down the Line Exhibition

Gawler Cultural Heritage Centre, Synthetic Creative Services, Martin Walker, Tony Baylis, The Gawler Branch of the National Trust, Tea Tree Gully and District Historical Society, Philatelic Society of South Australia, History Trust of South Australia, Ann Hurst, Cultural Heritage Centre Volunteers, Michael Munzer

Judges Comment:

There is a clever link to the lobby/café space to draw people through, this is well thought out and artfully executed.

Interpretation Project – Indoors Over $75K Winner

Badu Baraya Heritage Interpretation Display

GML Heritage, Walker Corporation, Leanne Mulgo Watson Redpath, Jasmine Seymour, Jacob Nash, Orlando Norrish, Stacie Sims

Judges Comment:

This is a beautiful high quality installation. It is great to see commitment to interpretation by developers and the engagement of knowledge holders and artists. 

 

Interpretation Project – Outdoors less than $75K Winner

Yeperenye Trail

Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, Eastern and Central Arrernte Traditional Owners based at Amoonguna, Pauline Clack Designs

Judges Comment:

Simply beautiful. The thought and design makes this project a delight to look at, read and makes for a visually interesting display for visitors.

Interpretation Project – Outdoors over $75K Winner

Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation, LookEar, Mono Design, Cooper Scaife Architects, Accuraco, Em PRESS Publishing, Sound Environment, Synthesis Design + Build, Word Works, Site Office, Bentleigh Group, Nicholson Construction, Parks Victoria, Glenelg Shire Council, Regional Development Victoria, Tyrendarra Public and Recreation Reserve Committee

Judges Comment:

A fantastic truly immersive interpretive cultural landscape that shows how interpretation can be beautiful when well planned and designed.

Interpretation Project – Temporary Event or Display Winner

Inside the Tide: A Marine Dream of Coral, Kelp and Coast

Botanic Gardens of Sydney, Erth Visual and Physical Inc

Judges Comment:

A wonderfully imaginative and innovative event utilising a range of interpretive media that moves away from traditional methods of interpretation. 

 

Digital Interpretation Project
Highly Commended

Sovereign Hill Maptivate Map

The School of Lost Arts/ Maptivate & Sovereign Hill

Judges Comment:

This project meets the requirements of its audience in an engaging way that is easy to access and provides some online adventure for any age.

Interpretation Project – Indoors Over $75K
Highly Commended

Speakers Suite Interpretation at MoAD at Old Parliament House

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Judges Comment:

Fantastic quality of the final product will ensure longevity of the space which will stand the test of time.

Interpretation Project – Outdoors less than $75K
Highly Commended

Jack’s Magazine

Working Heritage and Micio Design Studio

Judges Comment: 

A practical, effective and engaging approach of representing an interesting history.

 

Temporary Event or Display
Highly Commended

Blood, Sweat and Tears and Weeds of National Significance

Territory Wildlife Park, Barbara Williams, Mary Noble, Roswyn Rennie, Lisa Thomason, Angie Soares, Nat Vidgen, Ella Barrett, Pam Hefner, Meng Hoeschle, Jenny Armour, Jill Finch, Charlotte Browne, Erin Costelloe, Alison McShanag, Libby Benson, Pirjo Ward, Doreen Dyer, Bronwyn Packwood, Elizabeth Martin, Sarah Martin, Melanie Tribe, Di Baynes, Alicia Hart, Janelle Fisher, Nicky Honan, Christine Garrett, Alison Dowell, Angela Bevan, Bev Garside, Boo Mclean, Carmel Ryan, Cherylyn Martin, Tracey Campbell, Virginia Boyanton, Daniela Eugster, Fernanda Dupal, Di Howard, Liz Short, Katie Bradley, Rachel Hand

Judges Comment:

A great project with beautifully executed works showcasing the skills of the community and demonstrating a collective concern for the environment.

Temporary Event or Display
Highly Commended

Sydney Metro Parramatta Archaeology Open Day

Sydney Metro, GML Heritage, Gamuda Australia, Lang O’Rourke Consortium (GLC)

Judges Comment:

A wonderfully immersive archaeological experience with a range of educational aspects. Great quality interpretive experience for such a short temporary event.

Georgie Waterman Award Winner

The Georgie Waterman Award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the development of the interpretation profession in Australia.

Jasmine Jan

Territory Wildlife Park

Jasmine has worked in a number of roles from Zookeeper, Wildlife Supervisor, Acting Curator, Marketing/ Communications and Education, Interpretations Officer, Artistic/Narrative Co-ordinator and General Manager Visitor Services at the Territory Wildlife Park. For the last 15 years she has predominantly worked in the area of education/interpretation and community engagement. She has developed interpretive displays/materials for George Brown Botanic Gardens, Windows on the Wetlands, Territory Wildlife Park and as a private consultant been involved in the development of artwork for displays at Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, Bowali Visitor Centre and Warradjan Cultural Centre.

She has developed and managed the Artists-in-the-Park program for the last 12 years winning an award from the Zoo and Aquarium Association for excellence in community engagement. Jasmine has been instrumental in developing the interpretive art trail at the Territory Wildlife Park. This has involved concept development and project management of numerous interpretive displays with a strong artistic theme. Please refer to attached document TWP Art Trail Brochure which outlines all the interpretive displays that she has been responsible for developing and managing.

As a mixed media artist/illustrator she has exhibited her work locally, interstate and internationally. As recipient of two Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee awards she travelled to the USA undertaking wildlife illustration training with the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. In 2018 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel overseas to study art and sculpture techniques and investigate the use of art as an interpretive tool in zoos, national parks and aquariums.

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