Grafton Regional Gallery is pleased to announce that entries are open for the 2024 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) – artists from across Australia aged over 18 are invited to submit entries until midnight  30 June 2024.

The JADA is Australia’s richest regional drawing award. This award seeks to encourage and promote innovation and excellence in drawing, and plays a vital role in fostering Australian drawing practice. The JADA provides an opportunity for artists to further their arts career. Over the years the JADA has documented the development of contemporary drawing practice in Australia, and has captured how drawing has changed and evolved.

The exhibition of works by selected finalists will be on show at Grafton Regional Gallery from 28 September – 24 November 2024.

The Friends of the Gallery are the major sponsor of the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. At the official opening of the exhibition to be held on 27 September 2024, two prizes will be awarded. The acquisitive prize of $35,000 is proudly sponsored by the Friends, and a non-acquisitive prize of $5,000 for an Early Career Artist.

Each year the Friends present an exciting program of events to fundraise for the JADA and support the Gallery. Watch this space and follow us on social media for updates on special events and exhibition openings.