Drought-inspired painting wins major gong at Gladstone's Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards

Ainsley McMahon’s Drought in the Lucky Country has won the overall award at this year’s Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards, run through the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.

The awards are named in honour of Gladstone political representative and arts patron Martin Hanson. The Gladstone Artists Club held the first awards in 1976, the year Martin passed away, and GRAGM became the awards custodian in 1993.

Other major prizewinners include:

  • The John Anderson Memorial Acquisitive Award: Kathryn McGovern, Billabong Sonata

  • The Pieter Groen-int-woud Memorial Young Emerging Artist Award: Emily Joliffe, Dinner

  • The Local Murri Artist Award: Allen Craigie, Community

  • Easel paintings: Wilhelmus Breikers, ism-is-easy selfie painting

  • Works on paper: Tricia Reust, BACKLIGHT

  • 3D & fibre works: Carol Forster, Beach Babe

  • Digital works: Rachel O’Reilly, Drawing Rights (2018)

See the full list of winners here.