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Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA)

Thirty years ago in 1988 the Grafton Regional Gallery established a drawing prize. This competition for drawing is now the flagship art prize known as the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA).
All artists living in Australia are eligible to enter the JADA, which accepts both traditional and contemporary interpretations of drawing.
The JADA is Australia’s richest regional drawing prize, with total prize money of $40,000 on offer. The major first prize is $30,000 and further acquisitions to the value of $10,000.
The JADA provides a wonderful opportunity for artists to explore the medium of drawing while allowing the gallery to collect a unique and impressive collection of contemporary Australian drawings.
In 2016, the JADA attracted its largest number of entries to date with artists from across Australia entering their drawings. The selection of finalists from the 2016 JADA has been on tour since January 2017, and will be due to arrive back in Grafton in August 2018.
Each year the JADA attracts entries from some of Australia’s leading artists who work in the medium of drawing, including Gosia Wlodarczak, Noel McKenna, David Fairbairn, and Todd Fuller.
The Grafton Regional Gallery would like to thank major sponsors, the Friends of the Grafton Gallery as well as The Daily Examiner, S & D Welch Removals, and Yulgilbar Foundation. Without the support of the community the JADA would not be possible.
This major cultural event in presented event two years by the Grafton Regional Gallery, a cultural service of the Clarence Valley Council.
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