Art Awards

The Art Awards are one of Queensland’s most prestigious regional art events and is eagerly anticipated each year. 2022 will mark the 47th anniversary of The Rio Tinto & QAL Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards. 




Calling for submissions – 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Friday, 4-7 October 2022 and 10am-1pm, Saturday, 8 October 2022

Exhibition Opens – 10am, Saturday 22 October 2022
Judge’s Floor Talk - 10.30am, Saturday 22 October 2022
Judge's Illustrated Lecture – 1pm, Saturday 22 October 2022
Official Opening and Awards Presentation - 6.30pm, Saturday 22 October 2022
QAL People’s Choice Awards Voting - Opens 10am, Monday, 24 October 2022. Closes 2pm, Saturday, 21 January 2023. 
Art Awards Artist Talks - to be announced
Exhibition Closes - 2pm, Saturday, 28 January 2023
Collection of Works - 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday, 30 January to 3 February 2023 & 10am-1pm, Saturday, 4 February 2023



The 47th Rio Tinto & QAL Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award $15,000
The Pamela Whitlock Memorial Acquisitive Award $5000
The Pieter Groen-int-woud Memorial Young Emerging Artist Award $1,500
The Local Murri Artist Award $1,500
The Local Artist Award $1,500
The Installers Choice Award $500

The QAL People’s Choice Awards $500 each
• SECTION 1: Easel Works
• SECTION 2: Works on Paper
• SECTION 3: Three Dimensions & Fibre Works
• SECTION 4: Digital Works

SECTION 1: Easel Works
Mixed media, acrylic, collage, oil, paint, etc, on non-paper based supports, e.g. canvas, Masonite, etc.
• First Prize $2000
• Second Prize $1000
• Third Prize $500

SECTION 2: Works on Paper
Drawing, watercolour, collage, mixed media, print, etc. on paper based supports.
• First Prize $2000
• Second Prize $1000
• Third Prize $500

SECTION 3: Three Dimensions & Fibre Works
Pottery hand built/wheel thrown, sculpture including maquettes, carving, assemblage, timber, metal, stone, plastics, fibre, etc.
• First Prize $2000
• Second Prize $1000
• Third Prize $500

SECTION 4: Digital Works
Photography, moving image, animation, soundscapes, etc.
• First Prize $2000
• Second Prize $1000
• Third Prize $500


2022 Judge 

Karina Devine

Karina has twenty five years’ experience as an art educator and gallery manager working in regional Queensland. She has university qualifications in Visual Arts, Education and Media Studies.

She moved from secondary school teaching into the gallery sector in 2005 when she was appointed Centre Manager of Dogwood Crossing @ Miles. Keen to find a role where she could further pursue her passion for community, she moved to Warwick in the Southern Downs region of Queensland. Karina has been employed as the Director of Warwick Art Gallery since 2006.

Karina is committed to contributing to the growth of regional communities by embracing the lifestyle of Queensland country towns and striving to achieve equity and sustainability for rural Queensland through the arts.

Participating in collaborations between the arts sector, tourism, education and businesses in her community motivates Karina to advocate for regional arts workers and artists. This dedication is demonstrated by her commitment, as Chairperson, to the Museum and Galleries Queensland Board since 2017.




Conditions of entry for The 47th Rio Tinto & QAL Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards can be found in the information brochure attached below. 


history of the awards


Since its inauguration in 1976, the Art Awards have become one of Queensland’s most prestigious regional art events and is eagerly anticipated each year. The 2019 edition of the Art Awards attracted 372 entries from established, emerging and amateur artists from across the country and over 4,395 visitors attended the exhibition and supported 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 Hanson 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 Art Awards in 1993.

From 1976 until her passing in 1998, Mary Hanson, Martin Hanson’s widow, 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 Art Awards were renamed in 2007 in recognition of Rio Tinto’s generous support of the Art Awards and arts in Queensland, which continues today.

In 2014, the format of the Art Awards changed with the addition of a fourth section of entry, Digital Works, adding to the three existing sections of entry: Easel PaintingsWorks on Paper, Three Dimensional and Fibre Works. The same year, Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) also supported the inauguration of The QAL People's Choice Awards, inviting the general public to vote for their favourite works on display within all sections of entry. 

The Art 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 Art Awards are unforgettable.

The 47th Rio Tinto & QAL Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2022 exhibition of entries, supported by individuals, businesses and industry.

For more information on the history of the awards visit Past Exhibitions.



There are currently no COVID-19 restrictions in place at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.

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