We’re in the final!

Author: Alex Grace, Communications and Relationships Manager

Our Pattern Project has been selected as a finalist in the Museum Shops Australia and New Zealand Retail Recognition Awards.

These awards celebrate the best in cultural retail across Aotearoa and Australia and we are super proud to be selected as finalists alongside Wellington Zoo and Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

The Pattern project is an important new step for us in our merchandise development as we continue to find new and better ways to connect our audiences with art. This particluar project also helps us collaborate more closely with new and emerging designers, create products that allow in new more tactile ways, and generate revenue that we use to serve our audiences better than ever.

Our Pattern Project has already been named the Museum Shops Association of Australia and New Zealand, Best New Product or Range (under $1 million turnover) at the Museums Aotraroa Service IQ New Zealand Museum Awards 2018 so this extra recognition makes us extra proud to know that our work measures up to our colleagues across the ditch.


Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner, Thursday the 2nd of August at the second evening of the MSAANZ18 Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

The finalists are:

Best New Product or Range – Turnover under 1 million

  • The Dowse Art Museum: The Pattern Project
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI): Wonderland
  • Wellington Zoo: Conservation Colouring & Activity Book

Best New Product or Range – Turnover over 1 million

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira: Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A Photographic Journey
  • National Museum of Australia: Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters
  • Auckland Art Gallery: The Corsini Collection

All finalists are automatically entered in to the People’s Choice Award, which will be judged by MSAANZ members online and at the conference.


UPDATE: A HUGE congrats to MSAANZ Retail Recognition Award winners The National Museum of Australia, for Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, Wellington Zoo, for Conservation Colouring & Activity Book and ACMI, for Wonderland.  Well done on such fantastic work!!

To buy a Pattern Project product please email or pop in to see us at MINE: The Dowse shop.

To read more about this project check out our blog here.

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