Get information about special awards and scholarships for people working in the museum and gallery sector. We also run annual New Zealand Museum Awards.
Awards from Museums Aotearoa
Mina McKenzie Award
The Mina McKenzie Award recognises an individual working in the museum and gallery sector who has made an outstanding contribution in the past two-four years.
Mina McKenzie made a long-standing and significant contribution to the museum profession. She was inaugural Director of what is now Te Manawa, President of AGMANZ/MAANZ, member of the Te Māori exhibition committee, convenor of the first Kaitiaki hui, and committed to developing people, skills and networks across the museum world.
Mina has left an important legacy through her work and the people she supported and mentored. Museums Aotearoa established the Mina McKenzie Scholarship fund in 2001, which provides financial support for educational opportunities for museum professionals on a two-four year cycle.
About the award
The Mina McKenzie Award is intended to recognise specific achievements and contributions, especially those additional to an individual’s job description. It is not a monetary award nor a lifetime achievement award. In Mina’s memory, this award has a special focus on the particular aspects she saw as integral to the sector’s growth and success.
How to apply
Nominations will be called for, and can be made by any member of Museums Aotearoa. Nominees can be paid or unpaid staff or volunteers working in any aspect of the museum sector. Nominations will cite key achievements, such as how the nominee has:
- demonstrated commitment to equal representation of tangata whenua within the sector
- empowered kaitiaki Māori
- encouraged and empowered emerging museum professionals
- contributed to innovation within their workplace or community
- inspired others through visionary leadership
- made a difference to institutional practice
- brought in fresh ideas or perspectives to their museum/gallery
- devised and led a new initiative
- changed local/community perceptions of their museum/gallery
- contributed to the sector more broadly - e.g. raised its profile with new audiences
The recipient of the award is decided by a judging panel appointed by the Museums Aotearoa Board with input from Mina McKenzie’s whānau.
Mina McKenzie Scholarship
This scholarship is offered on an occasional basis from a fund established in memory of the late Mina McKenzie, and provides assistance to enable museum workers to undertake education, training or development that will directly benefit their museum career.
How to apply
Applications can be made by individual members of Museums Aotearoa or staff of member institutions.
The Clark Collection Scholarship to attend the Attingham Summer School
The Clark Collection Scholarship enables one New Zealander to attend the prestigious Attingham Trust Summer School in England and participate in its exclusive three-week study course each year.
The Attingham Summer School has been cancelled for 2020.
The Attingham Summer School is an intensive programme for the study of historic country houses and their collections, based in three different centres throughout the United Kingdom. The School offers a unique opportunity for participants to become acquainted with the history, architecture, contents and context of historic buildings and their gardens and estates.
Every year 48 people from around the world participate in the School, which examines how historic buildings and their gardens and estates are managed, exploring contemporary challenges for display, access, conservation and interpretation. The School is regarded as the leading study opportunity of its type anywhere in the world.
About the scholarship
The Clark Collection Scholarship was established by Errol Clark, a New Zealand financier, art connoisseur and heritage advocate. It is a remarkable opportunity to expand New Zealand's knowledge of built-heritage and decorative arts, enabling one New Zealander to attend the Attingham Summer School each year.
How to apply
Service IQ New Zealand Museum Awards
The ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards are run in conjunction with the annual Museums Aotearoa conference each year. These awards showcase the outstanding exhibitions, programmes and experiences that Museums Aotearoa members have created for their audiences. All Museums Aotearoa members can apply.
Awards from other associations
Museum Shops Association of Australia and New Zealand awards
The Museum Shops Association of Australia and New Zealand (MSAANZ) is dedicated to cultural retail management in Australasia. It offers annual Retail Recognition Awards to coincide with their annual conference in Sydney each September. These awards celebrate the best of cultural commerce throughout Australia & New Zealand, with categories ranging from Best New Bespoke Product or Range to a People's Choice Award.
MuseWeb GLAMI Awards and Best of the Web
The Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums Innovation awards recognise the best GLAM work in the cultural heritage sector annually. Projects are nominated by GLAM professionals from around the world and reviewed by a committee of peers.
The awards aim to showcase the best work the sector does to engage, inform and excite people both on the Web and across the myriad networked platforms and contexts innovative cultural practices take us.
Any museum, gallery, library or archive (GLAM) institution may submit their project(s) for award considerations. Agencies and media producers may submit their work in collaboration with the client institution.
National Digital Forum conference scholarships
Each year the National Digital Forum offers scholarships for members of NDF to attend the annual conference in November for people working in the digital space in the cultural sector, including in museums.
Paul Reynolds Scholarship – The No Numpties Award
Spend time working with an overseas institution to research and develop specialist digital knowledge or experience. This grant is for people working in the GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive and Museum) sector and is worth $5,000.
This grant is in memory of Paul Séamus Reynolds (1949-2010) who was inspirational, enthusiastic and a digital world citizen. It is intended to be used to enhance the knowledge and development of those working in the New Zealand GLAM sector. The project funded should reflect the value of the internet and digital world for New Zealanders. The grant is administered by the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA).
How to apply
Annual internships and opportunities
Find internships and opportunities for students and emergent professionals on our education and training page.