Old Dubbo Goal locks down arts award

Old Dubbo Gaol has been honored at the 2022 IMAGinE awards, taking out a win in the ‘Exhibition Projects – Museums – Medium’ category for their Upgrade Stage 1 of the Gallows Gallery.

The awards presentation took place at Sydney’s Chau Chak Wing Museum last night.

The IMAGinE awards highlight the resilience, innovation and creativity of museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres, raise their profile within the sector and the broader community, and recognize the people who work in them.

Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council, Mathew Dickerson said he was pleased about the achievement.

“After a Silver win at the NSW Tourism Awards earlier this month, winning a Museums & Galleries of NSW IMAGinE award is another fantastic achievement for the passionate team at the Old Dubbo Gaol,” he said.

“Dubbo Regional Council has been managing the state heritage site since 1973 and has invested significantly in maintenance and upgrades through Council funds and NSW grant funding, to ensure it remains one of the Dubbo region’s favorite places.”

He said the Stage 1 Upgrade consisted of the restoration and conservation of the site’s authenticity while modernizing its infrastructure and exhibition spaces, including an upgrade of the Gallows Gallery.

Council’s Director of Community Culture and Places, Jane Bassingthwaighte congratulated the Old Dubbo Gaol team behind the award-winning work.

“The upgrades included innovative interpretive design, conservation, landscaping work, and free-standing signage systems,” she said.

“The developments also incorporated the reuse of gaol buildings and spaces, where ceilings and linings introduced to a former exercise yard were stripped and converted into the climate-controlled Gallows Gallery to conserve and display original gallows relics and related artefacts.”

The IMAGinE awards are an initiative of Museums & Galleries of NSW, developed with support from the Australian Museums and Galleries Association NSW and Regional and Public Galleries of NSW. Museums & Galleries of NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

A list of all 2022 IMAGinE award recipients can be found at https://mgnsw.org.au/sector/programs/imagine/winners/winners-2022/.

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