The Grafton Regional Gallery presents the 2020 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA). The JADA is the Gallery’s flagship biennial art prize graciously sponsored by the Friends of Grafton Gallery.

Glasshouse Regional Gallery presents


It is with great pleasure that the Grafton Regional Gallery presents the 2020 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), especially in these challenging times.

The project develops every two years and, as the gallery expands in 2020, the JADA continues to celebrate Australian contemporary drawing at it’s finest. This year that tradition of excellence continues with 56 artists selected from a record 659 entries for the exhibition. The exhibition will continue its touring legacy by travelling to communities across Australia and promoting contemporary drawing to regional audiences for the next two years.

The JADA celebrates drawing in all its forms. From the expressive and the abstract, to the hyper-realism that is beyond belief, the works evoke a poetic and emotional response to our environment and the human condition. Many of the finalists selected question and challenge the notion of the traditional drawing, while others provide a contemporary perspective and reinvigorate those traditions. 

Winner: Teo Treloar, This is Impermanence 2019, graphite pencil on paper, 56 x 76 cm u/f . Courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer.

As our doors have unfortunately been closed during this exhibition, our wonderful friends at Belle Property Port Macquarie reached out to help us create this amazing Virtual Tour of the 2020 JADA Exhibition! Click the link to "walk through" the Glasshouse Regional Gallery online and view the artworks as if you were there in person!

PLUS Check out our range of JADA Inspired Create@Home Activities:

Paint & Stitch (inspired by finalist Penny Bennet)

Family Portrait Fun (inspired by finalist Cher Breeze)

3D Flower Drawing (inspired by finalist Jennifer Keeler-Milne)

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  • Gallery Opening Hours

    Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm                 
    Saturday - Sunday 10am - 2pm

  • Please practise good hygiene & use hand sanitiser provided
  • Practise social distancing, maintain 1.5m distance from others
  • Do not enter if you are experiencing flu like symptoms
  • Due to Government Regulations contact details are required to be collected and retained for 28 days


To book your education excursion and to plan your visit to the Glasshouse please click here.  


A special thanks to our Principal Education Partner Coastline Credit Union for their support of the Education @ Glasshouse Program.

PLEASE NOTE: Opening date is subject to change if stay at home restrictions are extended. We will continue to update details on our website accordingly.