The 40th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards & Exhibition 2015

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Overall Winning Artwork, Gary Carsley's Paradise Parrot (1850 Side Cabinet) - L-R: 2015 Judge Simon Wright, Assistant Director (Learning + Public Engagement) at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Jacinta Williamson, Specialist, Aboriginal & Community Relations, Yarwun and Queensland Alumina Limited, Rio Tinto, Cr Gail Sellers, Mayor of Gladstone Region and Jo Duke, Curator, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.

The 40th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards & Exhibition 2015




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

A complete list of winners can be downloaded at the base of this page.

2015 Judge: Mr Simon Wright.
  Simon has held programming, exhibition, curatorial and management positions in private, commercial, public gallery and museum realms since 1993. Currently he is the Assistant Director of Learning and Public Engagement at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAG|GOMA).

QAL People's Choice Awards: 
Come along to the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday, to view The 40th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards & Exhibition 2015.  Vote for your favourite work in each of the 4 sections of entry: (1) Easel Works; (2) Works on Paper; (3) Three Dimensional and Fibre Works; (4) Digital Works; to be in the running to win a two-night, all inclusive package at 1770 Getaway Retreat.  Voting closes Wednesday 2 December at 12noon.* 
More information can be found online at:

Submission of entries:
10am - 5pm, Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Saturday 10 October 2015

Gallery & Museum closed for install: Monday 12 - Friday 16 October 2015

Exhibition opens: 10am, Saturday 17 October 2015

Judge's Floor Talk: 11am, Saturday 17 October 2015   

Judge's Illustrated Lecture: 2pm, Saturday 17 October 2015   

Official Opening & Awards Presentation: 6pm, Saturday 17 October 2015

Art Awards: Artist Talks - Free Public Program (Week 1):
10.30am - 11.30am, Saturday 21 November 2015

Art Awards: Artist Talks - Free Public Program (Week 2):
10.30am - 11.30am, Saturday 28 November 2015

QAL People's Choice Award Winners Presentation: Thursday 3 December 2015  (Private evening function, winners announced online afterwards)

Exhibition closes: 5pm, Thursday 10 December 2015

Artists to collect entries: 10am - 5pm, Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Monday 14 December 2015




The 40th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2015 are possible thanks to our very generous sponsors:




GOLD SPONSORS: Andersons Auto City, Queensland Alumina Limited, Murray & Wendy Schoenfisch, Australia Pacific LNG operated by Conoco Phillips, Gladstone Ports Corporation and McDonald's Gladstone Region.


SILVER SPONSORS: Multitrade, Elizabeth & Leo Zussino, Yaralla Sports Club, Christian Thomsen, Elders Gladstone, Swift and CQUniversity


BRONZE SPONSORS: Gladstone Picture Framing, Lightbox Espresso and Wine Bar, Queensland Energy Resources (QER), Creative Gladstone Region Inc., Crow Street Creative, and Laureen Tkacik


THE 2015 ART AWARDS ARE PROUDLY HOSTED BY: The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum and Gladstone Regional Council



* QAL People’s Choice Awards - Terms & Conditions
By completing the QAL People’s Choice Awards electronic voting form, you are giving consent for your details held by the Rio Tinto Community Fund, to be used for the competition draw only, relating  to the ‘voter’s prize’. The prize consists of a 2 night stay in a one-bedroom villa for 2 adults, including breakfast daily in the Garden Café, one dinner to the value of $200.00 at the Plantation restaurant at Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa and a ‘Lunch & Larc’ tour for two adults. Limit of one entry per person. Prizes are strictly subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. Prize is valid until 30 June 2016. The competition is open to all people who view the 2015 Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards Exhibition at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum within the competition dates. Entries must be lodged via the iPad kiosks in the Gallery to qualify. Competition opens 6pm Saturday 17 October 2015 and closes 12pm, Wednesday 2 December 2015. The winner of the competition will be drawn by a random computerized draw at the offices of Vivo Group, 9 Creswell St, Newstead, Brisbane, QLD 4000 on Wednesday 2 December 2015. Winner will be notified by phone and email and will be invited to attend the Rio Tinto Community Fund Cocktail Function, Thursday 3 December 6.30pm (transportation to the event at their own cost). 



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