Suspense for artists in lead-up to Martin Hanson Art Awards

An incredible transformation is taking place behind closed doors at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum this week.

With all entries now submitted in The 42nd Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2017, the questions on the artists’ minds are: which works will pass pre-selection and hang in the exhibition, and which works will take out the major awards?

You can be there when all is revealed this Saturday, 14 October 2017.

When the doors open at 10 am, artists and their supporters will stream through, hoping to see their works hanging in the exhibition. At 11 am,  this year’s Awards Judge, Patricia (Pat) Hoffie will lead a Floor Talk of the exhibition, with artists and visitors are encouraged to stay on for the informal Artists Lunch.

At 2 pm, Pat will deliver her much-anticipated Illustrated Lecture on Art/Audience/Site; why do we make art? – giving an engaging insight into her background, as both an experienced artist and academic. Visitors can peruse the exhibition of entries until 5 pm when the Gallery & Museum will shut until 6 pm, reopening for the final gala event: The Official Launch and Awards Presentation.

All eyes will be on Pat Hoffie as she concludes the evening’s formalities by announcing the winners of the lucrative $38,000 prize pool, so be sure to arrive early to reserve your seat.

Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of Saturday’s Art Awards events.

To RSVP, contact the Gallery and Museum by 5 pm, Wednesday 11 October. Phone (07) 4976 6766 or email gragm@gladstone.qld.gov.au

The Gallery and Museum is located on the corner of Goondoon and Bramston Streets, Gladstone, with FREE admission. The venue will be closed for installation between 9 – 13 October, however after this time, it will be open during usual business hours, 10 am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday. The exhibition of entries into The 42nd Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2017 will remain on display until 7 December 2017.

The exhibition of entries into the 42nd Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2017 will remain on display until 7 December 2017.