Christine Holden received second place for her work Out on a Limb at the Rio Tinton Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards.
Christine Holden received second place for her work Out on a Limb at the Rio Tinton Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards.

Artist out on a limb with Dr Seuss-type piece

CHRISTINE Holden compared one of her artworks entered into the Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Arts Awards with a Dr Seuss bird cage - something you would find in Whooville.

So she was pleasantly surprised when the piece, Out on a Limb, was awarded second place in the Three Dimensional Fibre Works category.

The main prize of $15,000 was won by Martin King.

Ms Holden, of Boyne Island, has entered the awards for the past four years, but this was the first year she placed.

The three-dimensional piece was made from driftwood, fishing line, wire and seeds.

"I just love nature and using natural and man-made materials to create something," she said.

The materials for the work were collected during a three-month holiday with her family in the Northern Territory.

The driftwood, in the shape of a bird, inspired her to make a piece of art work.

"It's just something I did. It took hours to make," she said.

Ms Holden has practised the weaving technique for eight years, but she has been making art her whole life.

"You try lots of things throughout your life and if you're lucky enough you'll find something that you'll come back to all the time.

"It's (weaving) what I love doing."

There were 58 entrants in the Three Dimensional and Fibre Works category.

Award judge Marian Drew noted the "clever use of materials" in Out on a Limb.

Ms Drew said the works in the exhibition were "world standard".

"Art can change the way people think and feel ... it happens without even realising it," she said.

Winners of this year's Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Arts Awards were announced on Saturday night at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.

The exhibition will run until December 11.

Viewers are encouraged to vote for the People's Choice Award on the iPads at the gallery before December 11.


Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award $15,000: Martin King

South Gladstone Rotary Club / Multitrade Youth Emergent Artist Award $1,500: Celina McMahon

Murri Artist Award sponsored by Elizabeth and Leo Zussino $1,000: Belynda (Bindi) Waugh

Yaralla Sports Club Local Artist Award $1,000: Leanne Cole

The Installers Choice Memorial Award $250: Dan Carlyon


The LauraLou Jay Memorial Award $2,000: Jan Breckwoldt

Christian Thomsen Award $1,000: Kairen Kerr

Gladstone Picture Framing (Open Order) Award $500: Jennifer McDuff


Australia Pacific LNG Award $2,000: Henri van Noordenburg

Elders Gladstone Award $1,000: Cleo Wilkinson

Wide Bay Australia Award $500: Penny Mason


Gladstone Ports Corporation Award $2,000: Clinton Cross

Trevor McMaster Refrigeration Award $1,000: Christine Holden

Queensland Energy Resources Ltd. Award $500: Dominic Garcia


Stage & Audio Award $2,000: Stephen Frost

CQUniversity Award $1,000: Lynn Clifford

HPD Creative Award $500: Amala Groom