Gallery hosts Drawing Awards

Published on 02 January 2019


Kick-starting the Manning Regional Art Gallery’s 2019 program, Grafton Gallery’s Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) exhibition will open from Thursday 17 January on its tour of the eastern seaboard.

JADA promotes excellence in contemporary Australian drawing, and Gallery Director Rachel Piercy is looking forward to welcoming the Award exhibition to the Gallery.

“We love promoting Australian drawing and it’s really exciting to have an exhibition that so beautifully and diversely showcases our country’s talents” said Rachel.

Highlighting the central importance of drawing as a practice in its own right, JADA provides a platform for experimentation and innovations.

The 2018 JADA attracted 498 entries from 371 artists across Australia, with the selection process being difficult given the calibre and number of entries received. Of the final 55 entries chosen, this year’s winner of the $30,000 major prize was Todd Fuller with the work ‘Ode to Clarence’ (animation).

“We know visitors to the gallery will love the diversity and quality of this exhibition and it’s a great way for residents of the MidCoast region to have access to contemporary drawing,” added Rachel.

An official opening is planned for Friday 18 January from 6pm with entry just $10 ($7 for ‘friends’), with bookings required by Wednesday 16 January.

The exhibition will run until Sunday 3 March. To see more information on the many exciting events and exhibitions at the Gallery visit our website, and follow us on Facebook.