Julie Ewington inspects the entries of the 2013 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Julie Ewington inspects the entries of the 2013 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA081113ARTG

Art judge has a huge job in front of her as entries flood in

WITH more than 300 submissions in the 2013 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards, and 90% of entries now hung in the Regional Art Gallery, judge Julie Ewington has a tough job ahead of her.

"It's such a pleasure to see how passionate people are about making their mark on the art world," she said.

"The exhibition is very lively, very energetic.

"It never ceases to amaze me how fertile the imagination is."

Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art curatorial manager Ms Ewington has an acclaimed palette for artistic expression and will be making the final call on the winners of the 13 categories.

"And 60% of the entries come from the central Queensland region," she said. "It is amazing to realise that so many people are coming to grips with their own creative energy."

Ms Ewington noted that the Martin Hanson exhibition was dispersed across a range of mediums, including sculpture, photography and painting.

"The environment is a reoccurring theme," she said.

"Construction, industry and pollution are common themes."

With the main prize totalling $10,000, narrowing down a winner is a decision Ms Ewington is not taking lightly.

"I've found some really unexpected works," she said.

"The gallery is mesmerizing. It is a time capsule for the year gone by.

"The art documents the changes in Gladstone itself."

The official opening and award presentation of the Martin Hanson exhibition will be held at 6pm today.

Curator Pamela Whitlock said to pick a winner was an impossible task.

"That's why we import the judges in each year!" she laughed.



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