TYAMA exhibition at Melbourne Museum highly commended in AMaGA Awards 2023


After a whirlwind season at Melbourne Museum, our TYAMA exhibition has been awarded a highly commended at the Australian Museums and Galleries Awards.

Each year, the Australian Museum and Galleries Association makes its picks for the premier exhibitions across Australia’s cultural scene with the AMaGA Awards.

After being recognised back in 2019 for our Japan supernatural interactive touch wall at the Art Gallery of NSW, we’re proud to be back on the list of the top exhibitions in Australia. 

This time it’s our immersive exhibition TYAMA at Melbourne Museum, which has been recognised as outstanding in the ‘Temporary or Traveling Exhibition’ category.

The exhibition

Hailed by Broadsheet as “an experience you never knew you were looking for,” the TYAMA exhibition invited audiences to play, connect and discover the magic of the museum through storytelling and technology.

Inspired by First Peoples ways of knowing the world, and scientific ways of understanding it, TYAMA Melbourne Museum encouraged audiences to explore the world from the perspectives of unlikely creatures – moths, bats, fish… even whales.

People experience underwater projection space in Tyama immersive experience Melbourne.

The worlds of the TYAMA exhibition were created at the intersection of physical and digital. We paired dynamic real-time projections with playful set design to create a hybrid reality for audiences to explore. 

Meanwhile, spatial tracking and sound detection gave audiences intuitive ways to shape and reveal the world around them. And throughout the exhibition, audiences would uncover hidden collection objects, allowing them to explore the concrete reality that inspired the stunning world around them.

The award

Beyond its subject matter, the TYAMA exhibition was an experiment into the untapped possibilities of immersion and interactivity. This was no ordinary exhibition. It was a chance to imagine the museum of the future, and to invite audiences to step inside and experience it.

And while TYAMA Melbourne Museum had already proven popular with the public – boasting record-breaking attendance numbers – we’re stoked to have been recognised within the industry as an example of what museums of the future could do.

People experience projection artwork in Tyama exhibition at immersive museum Melbourne.

What comes next?

TYAMA was recognised for the AMaGA category ‘Temporary or Traveling Exhibitions’, with the experience so far falling on the ‘temporary’ side of that equation. But it got us thinking… should we take the exhibition on the road? Let us know if you’d like to see a TYAMA revival!

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