The Art Awards are one of Queensland’s most prestigious regional art events and is eagerly anticipated each year. 2023 will mark the 48th anniversary of The Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards.
The exhibition of entries created by established, emerging and amateur artists Australia wide, will be on display from 21 October 2023 to 27 January 2024.
Click here to view The 48th Rio Tinto & QAL Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards Catalogue of Entries.
Click here to view The 48th Rio Tinto & QAL Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards winners list.
Calling for submissions - 3 to 7 October 2023
GRAGM Closed for Installation - 9 to 20 October
Exhibition Opens – 10am, Saturday 21 October 2023
Judge’s Floor Talk - 10.30am, Saturday 21 October 2023
Judge's Illustrated Lecture – 1pm, Saturday 21 October 2023
Official Opening and Awards Presentation - 6pm, Saturday 21 October 2023
QAL People’s Choice Awards Voting - 10am, Saturday 21 October 2023 to 2pm, Saturday, 20 January 2024. Winners announce Saturday, 27 January 2024.
Art Awards Artist Talks - to be announced
Exhibition Closes - 2pm, Saturday, 27 January 2024
Collection of Works - 29 January to 3 February 2024
All Categories, Prizes & conditions of entry can be found in the 2023 Martin Hanson Brochure.
**Please note correction to printed brochure, The Local Murri Artist Award & The Local Artist Award will receive a prize of $2000, not $1500 as stated. Which is great news for you artists, more money to win!**
With twenty-five years of experience in the arts, gallery, and museum sector, Sarah Johnson is the Senior Curator of QANTAS Founders Museum, managing the extensive collection of over 10,000 objects, including aircraft, aviation material, and memorabilia in the Longreach collection.
Sarah has a MA (ArtAdmin) Master of Art Administration from the University of New South Wales, and BA (Bachelor of Arts) from the University of Newcastle, majoring in history, art and cinema history and a Diploma in Art and Law from the Institute of Art & Law in London.
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.
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.
More information on the history of the awards can be found in the 2023 Martin Hanson Brochure.