Image credit: Kendal Gear, Haze, 2018, coloured pencil on paper, 39 x 40 cm. Acquired by Grafton Regional Gallery at the 2018 JADA. 

Image credit: Todd Fuller, Ode to Clarence, 2017/18, mixed media animation on paper, 6:42 min. Winner of the 2018 JADA.

Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award

23 November 2019 to 9 January 2020
Gallery 4


Now in its 30th year the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award celebrates drawing at its best. Each Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award celebrates excellence in contemporary drawing, and this exhibition continues this tradition with 55 artists selected from 498 entries.

The exhibition, on tour from Grafton Gallery features drawing in all its splendour from hyper-realism that is beyond belief to the expressive and the abstract, evoking the poetic and emotional response to the human condition and our environment. Many of the works selected question and challenge the notion of traditional drawing; while others provide a contemporary perspective and reinvigorate those traditions.

There is an appealing simplicity in a drawing. The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award seeks to present innovation in contemporary drawing with the qualities of aesthetic freedoms and the ability to crystallise a nascent idea.

The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) is Grafton Gallery’s flagship biennial art prize graciously sponsored by the Friends of Grafton Gallery.