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
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 $1,000
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.




1. $15 entry fee (incl. GST) per artwork, non-refundable.
2. Artists must be 15 years of age or over at time of entry.
3. One work per artist may be submitted, only. A collaborative work is seen as an entry by each individual collaborator. 30 character limit on artwork title. 
4. Entry fee, completed entry form and labelled artwork/s are to be received by 1pm, Saturday, 8 October 2022. Late entries will not be accepted.
5. All works will be viewed by the Judge. The Judge's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
6. All works and concepts must be the original, unaided work of the entrant and created during the twelve months prior to 4 October 2022, previously not shown works preferred.
7. Maximum Artwork Display Dimensions:

8. All entries are eligible for The Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award, The Installers Choice Award and applied for section awards.
9. The Pamela Whitlock Memorial Acquisitive Award: Works in all sect ions are eligible, however, will only be considered if the work is listed 'for sale' with a artist's requested value of $5,000 or less (i.e. excluding commission and GST).
10. The Young Emerging Artist Award: The entrant must be a resident of Queensland and be aged 15 to 25 years (as at 4 October 2022).
11. The Local Murri Artist Award: The entrant must identify as an Aboriginal, Torres Strait or South Sea Islander artist and be a resident within the boundaries of Gladstone Regional, North Burnett Regional or Banana Shire Councils, for at least 3 consecutive months of the 12 months prior to 4 October 2022.
12. The Local Artist Award: The entrant must be a resident within the boundaries of Gladstone Regional, North Burnett Regional or Banana Shire Councils, for at least 3 consecutive months of the 12 months prior to 4 October 2022.
13. The People’s Choice Awards: All entrants are eligible to win in their registered section, as voted by the general public while visiting the exhibition. One prize will be awarded in each section. Votes are collected at the Gallery & Museum via iPad voting kiosks, only. voting kiosks are available during Gallery & Museum opening hours for a limited time. Winners will be announced at the end of the exhibition. 
14. The Installers Choice Award: All works are eligible in all sections. Recipient of the Award will be selected by Gallery & Museum staff and volunteers.
15. SECTION 4: Entries requiring a digital playing device should indicate on entry form their preference: Television or Projector (preference only, not guaranteed). Works may be shown on a looping ‘show reel’ with others. Files must be provided on CD or USB in the following formats: MP3, MP4, AVI or WMA. A maximum duration of 30 minutes (incl. credits)
16. NOT ELIGIBLE: Workshop projects, commercially produced kits, designs, etc. , works that have previously won a major Award or works that were completed more than 12 months prior to 4 October 2022.
Display Requirements:
17. Works with multiple components, considered as one work, must include clear assembly instructions with a photo/sketch of the best way to display the work.
18. Works must be able to be safely handled by up to two people.
19. Works to be hu ng must be submitted with "D" ring attachments, 100mm from top of frame for larger works, 50mm for smaller works. Plinths are available for three dimensional works, however, stands or supports must be provided by the artist where necessary.
Delivery & Collection:
20. Arrangements and expenses pertaining to the delivery and collection of works to the Gallery & Museum are the entrant's responsibility. Return freight must be prepaid. Consignment notes, prepaid vouchers or postage stamps, etc., to be enclosed with entry form. Complete sub missions should be addressed to:
The 47th Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2022
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
Cnr Goondoon & Bramston Sts, Gladstone QLD 4680
21. Works must be delivered to and collected from the Gallery & Museum between the dates specified. No responsibility will be taken for unclaimed entries. Collection dates will be advised in due course.
Upon entering a submission, the Artist agrees to the following:
22. Artist's display instructions will be taken into consideration; however, it is at the Curator's discretion how the works will be displayed. The Curator's decision is final.
23. The Gallery & Museum reserves the right to reproduce entries for publicity (print and online, incl. social media), catalogue and archival purposes in association with the Awards (present year and future).
24. The Gallery & Museum takes care in exhibiting and handling entries, however, works are submitted at the entrant's risk. No liability will be accepted for any loss or damage, either in transit, during installation or while on display.
25. No works are to be removed for the exhibition's duration.
26. Visitors to the exhibition are allowed to photograph the exhibition and all works on display without flash. No professional equipment (i.e. DSLRs, speed lights, tripods, light stands, etc.) will be permitted.
27. A commission of 20% (+ GST on commission) will be taken on all works sold.
28. Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum will have first option to purchase works for the permanent collection.


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.



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