Art awards put Logan on show

Published: 01 Dec 2016

Logan Art Gallery volunteer Norma Hambling has been singled out for a state award for her contributions to a program that holds art tours to people living with dementia.

Ms Hambling was honoured in the 2016 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) for leading the monthly tours and training new volunteers.

The idea for the Logan-based program was created during a 2013 collaboration between the National Gallery of Australia, Logan Art Gallery, Alzheimer’s Australia and Museums and Galleries Queensland.

Since that time, Norma’s dedication has ensured the program’s continued success, transforming it into a social occasion that provides therapeutic support for people with dementia.

Ms Hambling said the award reflected the team effort that supported the program.

“Winning this award is exciting for our team and it validates how valuable the program is for people with dementia and their carers,” she said.

A public art celebration that attracted 3,000 people to Logan River Parklands in September 2015 saw Logan Art Gallery also named the joint winner of the ‘Projects: Organisation with Paid Staff’ category.

Animating Spaces Logan: Arts in the Park was coordinated through the gallery and involved three community members to lead separate projects and 300 community participants who performed on the day with the support of Council staff.

The event featured a temporary public artwork ARTS Billboard, Drawn Together comprising a permanent public artwork and related drawing activity and River Jam which brought together music performances.

Councillor Cherie Dalley said the awards demonstrated the passion, professionalism and dedication Logan Art Gallery’s staff and volunteers brought to their work.

“The gallery does a wonderful job of curating exhibitions and events that cover a range of disciplines and also support local artists, both established and emerging,” she said.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in earning these awards and particularly to Norma, whose tenacity has seen a great idea with potential become a cherished program for the community.”

The award for Arts in the Park is currently on display at Logan Art Gallery. To find what’s on at the Logan Art Gallery, visit

To find out more about this year’s GAMAA winners and nominees, visit

Arts in the Park - September 2015