The 45th Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2020

Feature image

The 45th Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2020

The Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards will be held again this year 2020, marking the 45th anniversary of these Awards. Since it’s inauguration in 1976, the Awards have become one of Queensland’s most prestigious regional art events and is eagerly anticipated each year. Our 2019 Art Awards attracted 372 entries from established, emerging and amateur artists from across the country and over 4395 visitors attended the exhibition and supporting public programs. 

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

The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum became the custodian of the Awards in 1993.

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, has continued their family’s commitment through sponsorship of The Local Murri Artist Award.

The Awards were renamed in 2007 in recognition of Rio Tinto’s generous support of the Awards and arts in Queensland, which continues today.

In 2014, the format of the Awards changed with the addition of a fourth section of entry, Digital Works, adding to the other three existing sections of entry; Easel PaintingsWorks on PaperThree Dimensional and Fibre Works. That year Queensland Alumina Limited also supported the inauguration of The QAL People's Choice Awards, inviting the general public to vote for their favourite works on display.

The Awards are only possible each year due to the ongoing generous support from local individuals, businesses and industry. The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum is thankful to have these positive sponsor relationships and strives hard every year to ensure that the Awards are unforgettable.

The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum have recently confirmed the judge for this year’s Awards to be Tracy Puklowski. Tracy is the General Manager - Creative Arts and Cultural Services and Director of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston. Tracy has an exceptional record of strategic and executive leadership, specialising in museums, libraries and archives. Tracy is sure to provide an exciting insight and interpretation of our region’s most prestigious art awards.

Launch and presentation of prizes will be held on Saturday 17 October 2020, following the sponsors’ preview on Friday 16 October 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic social distancing rules may still apply, and we may still be required to limit the numbers of public who can attend these events.

Visit the Art Awards page for more information.