Friday night was the opening of the 2014 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. It was a lovely evening to meet artists and view the 50 finalists contemporary drawing works. This years judge, John McDonald, art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, chose the work of Mullumbimby artist, Emma Walker, as the winner of the $20,000 award. You can read about John's selection process here.
Emma's work titled 'Keys bridge in flood' is full of energy and layering, bringing in and out of focus elements of the landscape.
Another $20,000 in acquisitions for the Grafton Regional Gallery's collection were also selected. In conjunction with JADA a two day Drawing Symposium was held over the weekend. With speakers, a drawing performance with Kellie O'Dempsey and several workshops; the event had a great vibe and lots of interesting conversations ensued.
JADA will be on exhibition from 17th October to 7th December, 2014 followed by a tour to seven regional and metropolitan galleries until mid 2016.