21 June 2017
Museums Victoria has won the Award for Interior Design Impact at the Australian Interior Design Awards for their work on the First Peoples exhibition at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
First Peoples celebrates the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria's Aboriginal people and having been entirely co-created with Aboriginal people it is the first major permanent exhibition of its kind at Museum Victoria.
The Museums Victoria team created and designed the exhibition in partnership with a reference group of sixteen respected Aboriginal community elders from throughout the state who became known as the Yulendj Group. Yulendj is a Kulin word for knowledge and intelligence.
The Jury comments below cite the successes of the exhibition:
- …it embodies a new approach to conventional anthropology by telling this narrative in the first person. The primacy of the storyteller – their identity and their voice – has profoundly shaped the consultation process, the resolution of the display spaces and the visitor experience.
- This exhibition demands repeat viewing, not simply because only a fraction of the collection is able to be displayed at any one time, but because of the depths offered in what is on display. Information is offered for interpretation, letting each visitor discover their own patterns and themes.
- The exhibition's curation was masterful in the use of technology, craftsmanship and design at given touch points, providing emotive interactivity between the user and the interface of the exhibit.
- The cultural exhibition has been a benchmark both nationally and globally in providing other indigenous cultures with a platform with which to tell their history through firsthand storytelling.
Backed by the professional body representing Australian designers, the Design Institute of Australia, the Australian Interior Design Awards recognise and celebrate interior design excellence.