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:

2020 JADA

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)

Kids Activity Booklet

Get the little ones involved when visiting the exhibition. Pick up a Kids Activity Booklet when you are in or download here.

Education - Teachers Opportunity

For information on how to book an Education Tour and to download the Teachers Education Kit, click here.