The 45th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards

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The 45th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards



The 45th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2020 exhibition of entries, supported by individuals, businesses and industry.

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



Calling for submissions
 10am - 4pm, Wednesday, 30 September to Tuesday, 6 October (excludes Sunday, 4 October & Monday, 5 October)

GRAGM closed for installation  4pm, Tuesday, 6 October to 10am, Saturday, 17 October

Exhibition Opens  10am, Saturday, 17 October 

Judge’s Floor Talk  11am, Wednesday, 4 November via our Facebook page

Judge’s Illustrated Lecture – 11am, Wednesday, 18 November via our Facebook page

Announcement of Winners 
– 6.30pm, Saturday, 17 October via live stream on Facebook (view invitation HERE)

QAL People’s Choice Awards voting available to the public - 10am, Monday, 19 October to 5pm, Thursday, 26 November

QAL People’s Choice Awards Morning Tea – 11am, Wednesday, 2 December
Booking essential, please call us to RSVP or email at

Artist Talks – 10.30am, Saturday, 5 December 
with Marlies Oakley, Elena Churilova and Wendy McNeil
Booking essential, please call us to RSVP or email at

Exhibition Closes – 5pm, Saturday, 30 January 2021

Collection of Works  10am to 4pm, Monday, 1 February to Saturday, 6 February 2021

This year’s Art Awards is reaching further into the virtual world, providing an alternate enjoyment experience via Council's Conversations platform. If you are an Art Awards entrant, please create an Artist Profile as an accompaniment to your submitted artwork:

In addition to viewing the exhibition at the Gallery & Museum, all artwork entries can be found in the online gallery here:

covid-19 uPDATES

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency, conditions surrounding the 45th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards are subject to change. Venue capacity limits are in place and may affect your planned visit during the awards. 



SUE SMITH is an artist, writer and curator. She has held the position of Art Collection Manager at CQUniversity Australia since August 2012, after serving for nine years as Director of the Rockhampton Art Gallery and Manager Art Services for the Rockhampton Regional Council. Ms Smith is an exhibiting artist and her works are held in public and private collections in Australia. She trained in the visual arts at the Queensland College of Art and the CQ TAFE; and studied at the University of Queensland, where she graduated in Art History and Modern and Ancient History. Her postgraduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London were in the History of European art.  



The 45th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2019
 are made possible thanks to generous sponsorship support from:



**Please note that some dates and details in the 'MARK THE CALENDAR' section of our 2020 Brochure below are outdated. Please refer to the above 'KEY DATES' for the latest information. 

Can't make it to the Gallery & Museum for the exhibition?
View a 3D walkthrough of the gallery spaces HERE.

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