current exhibitions

2018 will mark the 43rd anniversary of the Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards. Since it’s inauguration in 1976, the Awards have become one of Queensland’s most prestigious regional art events and is eagerly anticipated each year. 2017 attracted 377 entries from established, emerging and amateur artists from across the country and over 4000 visitors attended the exhibition and supporting public programs. 

Saturday, 2 March, 2019 to Saturday, 30 March, 2019

Pat Zuber, Curlew Crustaceans, Monoprint, 2018

Inspired by the Overwintering Project - Mapping Sanctuary, curated by Kate Gorringe-Smith, Wetlanders is an exhibition of prints, artists’ book and drawings about the wetlands of Moreton Bay and the migratory shore birds that overwinter in the region every year. Created by members of Migaloo Press Artist Collective, the exhibition examines the artists’ response to the importance of intertidal zones for these shorebirds’ diminishing feeding grounds. 

Saturday, 2 March, 2019 to Saturday, 30 March, 2019

Heather Kepski, Brolgas, 2014

This exhibition is a unique art installation of artist prints, poetry, prose and musician’s birdcalls by over 450 people worldwide inspired by the birdlife of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.

Bimblebox 153 Birds is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.  This Project is also supported by The Bimblebox Alliance, Museums & Galleries Queensland and proudly sponsored by Seedhead Holistic Graphic Design and Quill Studios.

A survey of Johanna DeMaine’s work from 1971-2018 as well as her ongoing collaboration with Tatsuya Tsutsui.
Saturday, 15 December, 2018 to Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Johanna DeMaine, Being and Becoming, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, 2011. GRAGM collection.

Johanna DeMaine is an internationally recognized ceramicist whose passion for clay was kindled in Gladstone in 1971 through Adult Education classes with the help of Jenny Elliot and Marilyn Haertel. This survey will have early works from her time making in Calliope with her family and late husband Ted DeMaine at the DeMaine Pottery Studio Gallery, along with works from the1980s created at the Landsborough studio, Sunshine Coast hinterland. Also included will be some current works made in Arita, Japan and Landsborough studios with Tatsuya Tsutsui.

Saturday, 9 March, 2019 to Saturday, 20 April, 2019

Section Two Second Prize winner, 2018 Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition, "My Australia Day at the Beach and on the Water" by Maci Pender (2017)

A presentation of the 13th annual Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition entries.This competition encourages Gladstone Region students to think about an aspect of Australia they believe is really important to them and put their creativity to work using pen, paint, collage or other media on A4 paper. 

Winners announced during Gladstone Regional Council's Australia Day celebrations, Saturday 26 January 2018, hosted at the Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands, from 3pm to 7pm.

It is a colourful and imaginative display of paintings, drawings and collages celebrating 'who and what make Australia great'. This touring exhibition can be seen at the following venues on the following dates:

  • 8 to 31 January 2019 - Visitors Centre Gallery, Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens
  • 1 to 28 February 2019 - CQUniversity, Gladstone Marina Campus
  • 9 March to 20 April 2019 - Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
  • 1 May to 8 June 2019 - Boyne Tannum Community Centre
  • 15 June to 31 July 2019 - Gladstone City Library

A digital exhibition of entries can be viewed at selected Gladstone Regional Council offices, venues and libraries throughout January to April 2019.

For further information including entry forms, please follow the link:

To assist budding artists with their entries three FREE workshops are available, please follow the link:

Friday, 14 December, 2018 to Saturday, 2 March, 2019

Saiki City Children's Art 2018, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, 2018.

Presenting a series of artworks created by young children from Saiki City, Japan. This annual exhibition is a Gladstone Saiki Sister cultural exchange program.

Saturday, 9 March, 2019 to Saturday, 27 April, 2019

The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum’s ANZAC exhibition will feature the Australian Defence Force’s involvement, as Peacekeepers, with the United Nations from 1947 to present day. The exhibition will also showcase the story of residents’ families who served with the Australian Defence Force.

A photographic exhibition by Ian Alderman
Friday, 14 December, 2018 to Saturday, 2 March, 2019

DOVO 21: #Flanders 3777, Digital photographic print on archival paper, 594 x 841mm, 2018

Recovering the Past is a unique photographic exhibition by London based artist Ian Alderman. This exhibition brings together two separate groups of men with origins a century apart, united through con­flict. The first group is the men of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) who fought in Flanders in some of the worst battles of The Great War. The second group is the Belgian men who continue the ongoing bomb disposal efforts on the same former battlefields today. Inspired by Australian artistic and cultural icons, photographer Frank Hurley and artist Will Longstaff, this ground-breaking exhibition is a philosophical exploration of consequences of human conflict; of legacies that persist long after the guns fall silent. 

Divers search Wreck Reef for the evidence of Matthew Flinders’ ships HMS Porpoise and Cato. Xanthe Rivett, courtesy Silentworld Foundation

Submerged is presented by the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian Maritime Museums Councilmembership andis the result of a national project with workshops held across the country to develop the exhibition and to source shipwreck stories. 68 shipwreck stories were nominated by 46 maritime museums and heritage institutions from around Australia with 14 of the most compelling stories selected to feature in the exhibition. This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, a Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material with a particular focus on regional and remote Australia.

Contemporary Indigenous Ceramics from Remote Australia
Saturday, 15 December, 2018 to Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Clay Stories - Elizabeth Dunn at the studio - photo Rhett Hammerton

Clay Stories is a significant survey exhibition of contemporary artworks in ceramics that have been created by both highly established and emerging Indigenous artists in remote parts of regional Australia. The exhibition presents pieces that are both sculptural and vessel-based, with each body of work representative of the artists’ connection to Country and as a strong medium for story-telling.

This touring exhibition is an independent curatorial project developed by Sabbia Gallery, its exhibition curator Anna Grigson, the art centres and the Remote Communities Ceramic Network are supported by Visions of Australia and Artwork Transport.

Saturday, 15 December, 2018 to Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Treasured Past, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, 2006.

Featuring a selection of treasured items from the Gallery & Museum’s Cultural Heritage collection. The display offers a snapshot of domestic life in times gone by from the Port Curtis region, and showcases how families lived in a post-war world before computer games, mobile telephones and indoor toilets!

Saturday, 12 January, 2019 to Monday, 28 January, 2019

For 'The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT9), the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Children's Art Centre will present APT9 Kids. APT9 Kids will include a number of interactive artist projects exploring exhibition themes from APT9, including the preciousness of life and natural resources, the importance of community, and storytelling. 

APT9 Kids on Tour is free QAGOMA Touring program available to regional Queensland communities, with thanks to generous support from The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

Saturday, 2 March, 2019 to Saturday, 30 March, 2019

Overwintering artists’ book produced by Firestation Print Studio and Migaloo Press, 2018

Overwintering,is an artists’ book produced by Firestation Print Studio, Melbourne and Migaloo Press, Brisbane, which comprises thirty-two artist’s prints created in 2018. The organisers, Edith May, Jennifer Stuerzl and Sue Poggioli worked together to produce a book that features images of a wide range of migratory birds and the endangered habitats they need for their survival. Overwinteringis an independent project in association with Kate Gorringe-Smith’s The Overwintering Project – Mapping Sanctuary, which aims to raise awareness of migratory shorebirds to help preserve these extraordinary creatures.