The 44th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2019

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The 44th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2019



Submissions for The 44th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2019 are to be delivered to the Gallery & Museum, on the corner of Goondoon and Bramston streets, Gladstone, between 10am - 5pm, on Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October.

The entry fee is $15 per submission, with a maximum of two entries per artist. Download the Art Awards brochure, containing Conditions of Entry, and entry form, below.

There are four sections of entry:

  • Section 1: Easel Paintings
  • Section 2: Works on Paper
  • Section 3: Three Dimensional & Fibre Works
  • Section 4: Digital Works

All artists are encouraged to check the Conditions of Entry carefully, to avoid disappointment.

The 44th annual Art Awards are supported by all-local individuals, businesses and industry, and return with a prize pool of $40,000.

This year's Awards will be judged by Simon Elliott, Deputy Director, Curatorial and Exhibitions, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. The winners will be announced at the exhibition's official opening, 6pm, Saturday, 19 October 2019.

For more information, visit Art Awards.

For all enquiries, please contact the Gallery & Museum on phone (07) 4976 6766 or email



Calling for submissions: 10am - 5pm, Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October 2019

GRAGM closed for install: 10am - 5pm, Monday 14 - Friday 18 October 2019

Exhibition opens: 10am, Saturday 19 October 2019

Judge’s Floor Talk, followed by Artists Lunch: 11am, Saturday 19 October 2019

Judge’s Illustrated Lecture: 2pm, Saturday 19 October 2019

Official Opening and Awards Presentation: 6pm, Saturday 19 October 2019

QAL People's Choice Voting available: After exhibition launch on Saturday 19 October - Thursday 28 November 2019

Art Awards, Artist Talks: 10.30am, Saturday 16 November 2019

QAL People's Choice Awards Morning Tea:  11am, Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Exhibition closes: 5pm, Thursday 5 December 2019

Collection of works: 10am - 5pm, Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Monday 9 December 2019



Simon Elliott is a highly skilled leader who has over 28 years’ experience working in art museums in Australia. Simon’s employment spans professional roles in local, State and Commonwealth museums, with 17 years at national institutions based in Canberra. His broad work experience is supported by Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Simon commenced as Deputy Director, Curatorial and Exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in March 2017. From 2007 to 2017, he held the role of Assistant Director, Curatorial and Educational Services at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). Prior to employment at the NGA, Simon was Assistant Director of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in Canberra, for seven years.

Born in Brisbane, Simon commenced his museum career at the Queensland Art Gallery for 13 years, where he was involved in the early Asia Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art (APT), including co-curating for Malaysia in APT2 in 1996. Currently, Simon is the Deputy Chair of the national museum industry peak body Australian Museums and Galleries Association.



The 44th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2019 are made possible thanks to generous sponsorship support from:

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