Submissions NOW OPEN for The 43rd Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2018 

Submissions NOW OPEN for The 43rd Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2018 

The 43rd Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2018 

The Exhibition: 

The 43rd annual Art Awards are supported by local industry, business and the community, and return with a lucrative prize pool of $40,000.  There are four sections of entry including, Easel Paintings, Works on Paper, Three Dimensional & Fibre Works and Digital Works.  The exhibition will result in a dazzling display of artworks including paintings, drawings, collages, photography, moving image, sculptures and fibre works. 

With submissions now open (Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October 2018), the Gallery & Museum is busy receiving entries. Please note that the Gallery & Museum will be closed from Monday 8 October to Friday 12 October, while the transformation of all exhibitions spaces takes place. The building will reopen to the public at 10am, Saturday 13 October, for an exciting day of arts focused activities. 

Mark the calendar to be sure you’re available for the official launch and Awards presentation from 6pm Saturday 13 October, when sponsors, artists, their friends, family and supporters come together to hear 2018 Awards Judge, Kevin Wilson announce the winners. 

The exhibition will remain on display for all to enjoy until Saturday, 9 December 2018.  After the Awards announcement, visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite works in this year’s QAL People’s Choice Awards.  

Awards Name Sake:   

2018 will mark the 43rd anniversary of The Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 

Martin Hanson (1923-1976) was a popular and highly respected local businessman who was Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Port Curtis 1963-1976, and patron to the Gladstone Artists Club. As a tribute to his patronage and in conjunction with the family, the Gladstone Artists Club held the first Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards & Exhibition, in 1976. 

The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum became the custodian of the Awards in 1993 and it has remained an integral and much-anticipated part of the annual exhibitions calendar ever since. 

From 1976, until her passing in 1998, Mary Hanson, Martin Hanson’s wife, officially opened the exhibition and presented the prizes in memory of her late husband. Their daughter, Elizabeth Zussino, continues the family’s commitment today through the sponsorship of The Local Murri Artist Award. 

Meet This Year’s Judge: 

Each year a special Judge is invited to evaluate all of the year’s Art Awards entries.  They make the tough decisions about which will be the winning works. The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum is extremely appreciative of their time and support.   This year the Gallery & Museum is excited to announce that Kevin Wilson will be taking up the role as the 2018 Art Awards Judge. 

Kevin Wilson has worked in the arts industry for 30 years. He has directed Melbourne’s Linden Gallery, and regional galleries in Noosa and Albury, as well as curating many exhibitions at these venues and for external organizations such as Asialink. He was a past president of Artists in Nature International Network based in France and was the founder of The Floating Land art and environment biennial in Noosa. More recently he was a curator and senior programming officer at the State Library of Queensland and produced a range of key exhibitions around Queensland music culture, modernist architecture, and the First World War. He currently is the curator at QUT Art Museum.

Mark The Calendar: 

Calling for Submissions:
10am – 5pm, Thursday 4, Friday 5 & Saturday 6 October 2018 

Exhibition Opens:
10am, Saturday 13 October 2018 

Judge’s Floor Talk, followed by Artists Lunch:
11am, Saturday 13 October 2018 

Judge’s Illustrated Lecture:
2pm, Saturday 13 October 2018 

Official Opening and Awards Presentation:
6pm, Saturday 13 October 2018 

QAL People’s Choice Voting available: 
After exhibition launch on Saturday 13 October – Wednesday 28 November 2018 

Art Awards, Artist Talks:
10.30am, Saturday 10 November 2018 

The QAL People’s Choice Awards Morning Tea:
11am, Tuesday 4 December 2018


The 2018 Art Awards are proudly hosted by the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum which is a community cultural initiative of the Gladstone Regional Council.  The $40,000 prize pool is possible thanks to generous sponsorship from: 

  • Major Sponsors: Rio Tinto and Queensland Alumina Limited and Anderson’s Auto City 
  • Gold Sponsors: Australia Pacific LNG operated by Conoco Phillips, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Gladstone Cinemas and Gladstone Area Water Board  
  • Silver Sponsors: Multitrade, Elizabeth & Leo Zussino, Newprint HRG, The Bush Family, Gail Sellers, CQUniversity and Christian Thomsen  
  • Bronze Sponsors: Creative Gladstone Region Inc, Laureen Tkacik, Queensland Energy Resources (QER), The O’Reilly Family, Crow Street Creative Inc