To celebrate the National Year of Reading in 2012 Burrinja Cultural Centre and Eastern Regional Libraries partnered to bring to the wider region’s community Fashion meets Fiction, an exciting and innovative exhibition concept that brought together the love of popular fiction and its many famous colourful characters with the cultural trend towards high-end fashion, and particularly period pieces, in a quality art-museum context.

Last night at the Victorian Museum Awards, the hard work and dedication of the team at Burrinja Cultural Centre was officially recognised when they won The Archival Survival Award for Small Museums. This is the highest award a small museum can receive within the Victorian museum sector.

“We loved this exhibition. It was delivered with best practice standards which made it such a success. The judges were impressed with the public programs about the exhibition and thought it was a brilliant idea in terms of broadening the scope of the museum’s audience.” said judges of the Victorian Museum Awards 2013.

The exhibition was targeted towards all lovers of fashion, fiction, design and history, travelling through time and the popular culture and fiction of the periods, drawing together the threads of character, period, fashion and finery. Fashion meets Fiction embodied the fashion of such favourite fictional characters as Scarlett O’Hara, Holly Golightly, Phryne Fisher and Carrie Bradshaw. The exhibition ran from November 9, 2012 until February 21, 2013.

Showcasing innovative exhibitions such as Fashion meets Fiction from Burrinja Cultural Centre is an important feature of the Victorian Museum Awards. As the winner of the Archival Survival Award for Small Museums, Burrinja will receive archival supplies for their collection from Archival Survival.

Hosted by special guest George McEncroe, and with presentations from the Hon Heidi Victoria MP, Minster for the Arts and Tony Sweeney, CEO, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the 20th Victorian Museum Awards celebrated the achievements of exceptional museums, their people and programs on Thursday 8 August at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

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