Entries open for Martin Hanson art awards
THE much-anticipated 2014 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards intake of entries begins on Thursday at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.
Gallery and museum staff and volunteers expect hundreds of submissions to arrive over the next three days, with entries closing at 5pm on Saturday.
With a record-breaking $34,500 prize pool, including the overall Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award of $15,000, it's expected that entry numbers will swell.
During the competition's first years the judges were local artists, but a change came in 1978 when Gertrude Langer arrived.
Gertrude had studied in Vienna and Paris before moving to Australia, and at the time of judging she was the art critic for the Courier Mail and a board member of the Queensland Arts Council.
Her visit to the region led the way for many esteemed judges, including the deputy director of the National Gallery of Victoria, the director of the Queensland Art Gallery and chair of the National Art School.
This year, Griffith University's Associate Professor Queensland College of Art Marian Drew will award 16 prizes across four categories, including Easel Paintings, Works on Paper, Three Dimensional and Fibre Works and for the first time, Section 4: Digital Works.
Ms Drew's multidisciplinary practice of three decades includes photography, video, drawing, sculpture and installation works, exploring intersections between landscape, history and the domestic.
The art awards are open to all artists over the age of 15 years and submissions must be the original, unaided work of the entrant.
Doors close on Saturday and will remain closed until 10am on November 8, when curator Jo Duke will re-open them for an exciting day of arts-focused events.
Artists are encouraged to join the 2014 judge at 11.30am for the Judge's Floor Talk, followed by gold coin donation Artists' Lunch, and at 2pm the Judge's Illustrated Lecture: Art and the Environment.
Then at 6pm the official launch and awards presentation will begin, with celebrations including entertainment by local artist Nathan Bedford.
The gallery and museum is open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and is located on the cnr of Goondoon and Bramston Sts, Gladstone.
Admission is free.