Artists, sponsors and the community come together to celebrate the official launch and awards presentation during last year's Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Arts Awards with guest judge Marian Drew. Photo Contributed
Artists, sponsors and the community come together to celebrate the official launch and awards presentation during last year's Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Arts Awards with guest judge Marian Drew. Photo Contributed Contributed

Excitement building for region's biggest art awards

EXCITEMENT is building at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum in preparation for the arrival of the 41st Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards' entry forms this week.

Martin Hanson (1923-1976) was a popular and respected businessman who was a Member for the Legislative Assembly for Port Curtis from 1963 to 1976v and patron to Gladstone Artists Club.

As a tribute to his patronage, in conjunction with the family, Gladstone Artists Club held the first Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards and Exhibition in 1976.

Keeping a close eye on their letterboxes next week, artists from across the country are vying for their share of the staggering $40,000 prize pool that is supported by local businesses, community members and industry, including Rio Tinto.

Entries will be accepted from 10am to 5pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 6 to 8, and artists are encouraged to check the conditions of entry carefully.

Contact the gallery for details and inquiries ahead of time.

The newly designed entry forms are available online at: http://gragm.qld.gov.au

The gallery is a community cultural initiative of Gladstone Regional Council and is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. It is on the corner of Goondoon and Bramston Sts, Gladstone, and admission is free.



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