Annual Partnering School Opportunities

Annually there are multiple opportunities for schools and students to work and be involved with the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum. If you would like to inquire about one of the below opportunities, visit the Contact Us page to organise a meeting with the Education Officer.

  • Intercity Images - An annual photographic exchange with the Region's Sister City, Saiki City. It aims to encourage local photographers of all ages and experience, to capture the lifestyle, environment, people and culture of Central Queensland. In previous years entrants have come from St Stephens Lutheran College, Chanel College and Ambrose State School. Photographic entries are called early first semester, between February and March. Digital copies of each submitted photograph are stored in the Gallery & Museum's digital vault and the selected thirty finalists are showcased in online galleries. For more information, visit the Collection page.

  • Saiki Children's Day - Modelled on Japan's centuries old annual Children's Day, Saiki Children's Day offers the Gladstone Region's children a glimpse of the lives of their peers in Japan through a variety of hands-on activities. Each year, primary school aged children from local schools are invited to attend the FREE event, with previous years experiencing crowds of 700+. Invites for the event are sent between March and April, with the event usually held on a Friday in May or June.

  • Golding Showcase: Port Curtis Callide Valley Youth Art Exhibition - An annual exhibition of selected works in all media by local high school students aged 15 - 18 years. Each year a local high school is invited to partner with the Gallery & Museum to help install this youth art exhibition and run the official exhibition launch. This exclusive partnership invites the school's visual arts class to attend a Correct Handling Workshop which will teach and build curating skills, while delivering unique access into the behind-the-scenes workings of an industry standard, professional art gallery. The partnering school's hospitality and music classes will also be invited attend the official exhibition launch and provide assistance serving the food and beverages on the night, as well as guest entertainment. Submissions for Golding Showcase are called mid-year, between June and August.

  • Our Priceless Past - Is an annual oral history and memorabilia exhibition, run in conjunction with National Seniors Week. Each year a school is invited to partner with the Gallery & Museum and interview selected Special Seniors from the community. Writing Workshops are held for students to learn interviewing techniques that they will use to interview their designated Special Senior. After stories are shared between the older and younger generations, the students write a short biography on their Special Senior that is then published in the Gladstone Observer's Our Priceless Past lift-out. The Our Priceless Past exhibition features these stories as well as loaned items from the Special Seniors. The exhibition and publication must run in conjunction with Seniors Week celebrations, however the Writing Workshops can be organised for anytime during the year before this.  Our Priceless Past is a Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum initiative, supported by The Gladstone Observer and Ergon Energy.

  • The Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards - These nationally renowned Art Awards are open to all artists over the age of 15. Artists are encouraged to enter up to two works each into one of the four sections of entry, (1) Easel Paintings, (2) Works on Paper, (3) Three Dimensional & Fibre Works and (4) Digital Works. In addition to many other sectional prizes, there is The Youth Emergent Artist Award offered exclusively to artist's aged 15 to 25. The entry form for the Art Awards is released between July and August each year, with submissions required during early October and close one week prior to the Awards Presentation.  For more information, visit the Art Awards page. 

  • Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition - As part of local annual Australia Day celebrations, the Gladstone Regional Council calls for entries in the Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition. The competition is open to all primary school aged children in the Gladstone Region to help celebrate 'what and who makes Australia great'. To enter students simply have to draw, paint or collage an aspect of Australia they believe is iconic on a sheet of A4 paper. There are two sections of entry; 'Prep to Year 2' and 'Year 3 to Year 6' (student's current grade applies). Since inauguration, the Gallery & Museum has received thousands of vibrant submissions by young local artists. Entry forms are distributed at the end of the year with entries due mid-December. Winners are announced during the Gladstone Regional Council's Australia Day celebrations, with a selected few turned into commemorative postcards. All works submitted into the competition are displayed in numerous exhibitions around the Region during the start of the following year, from January to April, with the original works returned the young artists soon after. Digital copies of each artwork submitted are stored in the Gallery & Museum's digital vault with the finalists showcased in online galleries. For more information, visit the Collection page.