Multicultural Museums Victoria (MMV) is the recipient of the Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums for its inaugural exhibition, ‘Grandmothers’ which launched in May.

“Grandmothers’ MMV was a collaborative exhibition across and between five museums in Melbourne – The Hellenic Museum, the Jewish Museum of Australia, the Chinese Museum, Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, and the Islamic Museum of Australia. The museums delivered a unique exhibition each honouring the legacy of migrant grandmothers in Australia which included the a multicultural cook-off, community workshops, live music and curators talks.

Image: Lauren Ellis, Project Manager, Museums Victoria and President of Museums Australia (Victoria) presents the Award for Medium Museums to Ferdinando Colarossi and Joyce Agee, Multicultural Museums Victoria. Photo: Simon Fox, Deakin University.

This joint effort and cultural alliance increased all five ethno-specific museums’ reach and visibility and helped a further cultural exchange and the creation of dialogue on diversity that had a universal appeal.

“We’ve been so thrilled with the success of this project and the way it’s brought together people of different backgrounds. Watch this space,” MMV spokesperson, Director & CEO of the Jewish Museum of Australia, Rebecca Forgasz said.