Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum volunteer Angus Bauman helps prepare the mail-out of entries.
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum volunteer Angus Bauman helps prepare the mail-out of entries.

Mailout begins for art showcase

THE mail-out has begun for the Gladstone region's biggest art competition.

Staff and volunteers at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery have been undertaking the task of mailing out 1600 entry forms in the 2010 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards.

The mail-out of entry forms to previous entrants and those who have registered interest in the 35th annual art awards is an arduous task which is expected to take at least two days.

However, any local artists wanting to get their hands on an entry form in the meantime can do so by visiting the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.

The gallery and museum's arts and heritage officer, Trish Howard, said a record high in prize money was being offered this year.

“We have increased the prize money to $22,450, which will hopefully in return attract a record of entry numbers,” Ms Howard said.

But it will be a big task, after a record-breaking 442 entries were submitted last year.

Since 1976, the Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards and Exhibition has grown rapidly to be recognised nationally and also plays an integral role in identifying and supporting local artistic talent. The awards feature three main categories of paintings: works on paper and three-dimensional and fibre works.

Ms Howard said the major winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards receives a cash prize of $10,000.

She said other major awards included the Library Australia Local Artist Award of $1200, the South Gladstone Rotary Incorporated/Multi-trade Youth Emergent Award for artists aged 15 to 25 years and the Murri Artist Award.

ARTISTIC AGENDA

Entry forms for the 2010 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards are now available.

Submissions of entries will be accepted by the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum between October 27 and 30.

The Gallery/Museum will close from November 1 to 5 for the installation of the exhibition. It will re-open on November 6 in readiness for the Judge's Floor Talk at 11.30am and the Judge's Illustrated Lecture at 2pm. The official opening and awards presentation will be held on November 6 at 6.30pm.



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