The JADA (Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award)
The flagship of the Grafton Regional Gallery.
The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) has been the means by which the Grafton Regional Gallery has gathered a unique and impressive collection of contemporary Australian drawing. The award was established in 1988 and is now a biennial event.
The major award of $20,000 is acquisitive, along with further acquisitions to the value of $20,000. Entries selected for each JADA tour regional and metropolitan galleries for a period of approximately eighteen months.
The JADA provides artists who reside in Australia a unique opportunity to explore the complexity of drawing through the Australia's richest regional drawing award.
The JADA seeks to encourage and promote innovation and excellence in drawing and plays a vital role in fostering Australian drawing practice.
The award's growth since 1988 has paralleled the establishment of drawing as a significant field of practice for artists in the late twentieth century. Drawing this century will continue to develop through the innovative fusions of mediums into this eternal practice by artists.
The demand from venues to receive the tour of the JADA is indicated by the popularity of the award and the genre of drawing. The Gallery is delighted to be able to extend the tour of the JADA to different venues in both metropolitan and regional areas throughout Australia allowing a greater number of visitors to enjoy the diversity of the exhibition.
The JADA would not be possible without the generosity of our many sponsors. The major sponsors are the Friends of the Grafton Regional Gallery who raise $15,000 towards the prize money.