Last Saturday night saw the official opening and award ceremony for the 40th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards.
This year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the art show a prize pool of $40,000 was on offer.
This year’s judge was Mr Simon Wright from Queensland Art and the Gallery of Modern Art, and Simon had a very difficult job with over 300 entries from 220 artists covering the areas of Easel Paintings, Works on Paper, Three Dimensional/Fibre Works and Digital Works.
A big crowd attended the official opening held in the main gallery of the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum. Emcee for the evening was Curator Jo Duke who introduced the invited guests and assisted with the presentation of the awards.
The evening’s major awards were presented to:
- Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Award – Gary Carsley for Paradise Parrot (1850 Side Cabinet)
- John Anderson Memorial Acquisitive Awared – David Baade for Heading Home
- Easel Painting – Agnes Water resident, David Allen for Full Moon at Sunrise
- Works on Paper – Rew Hanks for The Captain and his Bunnies
- Three Dimensional and Fibre Works – Beryl Beale for Roads to Simple Pleasures
- Digital Works – Lynn Clifford for City 2015
The exhibition is on display until 10th December at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery.
Winner of the Easel Painting section of the awards, Agnes Water resident, David Allen, who is also the co-ordinator of the 1770 Art Show held in conjunction with the Captain Cook 1770 Festival each May, reports that work on the 1770 Art Show is well under way and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Dates will be 18th – 22nd May with applications available online from December at www.1770artshow.com.au.
This year the Large Canvas School Project will extend to eight regional schools plus a big new surprise school (more on that later).