JADA - the 2006 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Awards - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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JADA - the 2006 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Awards

Thursday 5 April 2007 – Saturday 19 May 2007

The University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery is proud to host Australia’s most prestigious drawing exhibition, the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA). The exhibition which opened on Thursday 5 April is on national tour from the Grafton Regional Art Gallery. The JADA is a biennial competition and award that attracts entries from artists across Australia.

Stanthorpe artist Thomas Spence’s work, The Long Yard of Shellharbour, won first prize of A$10,000 when the awards were announced in October 2006. In addition, the Grafton Regional Gallery purchased a further A$10,000 worth of artwork to develop its unique collection.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said that more than 10 Queensland artists were represented in this year’s exhibition. “This is a high-profile exhibition and visitors can see the best drawings in Australia,” she said. “This will be of interest to anyone who understands that drawing, mark-making, is the basis of all art forms.”

Image: Thomas SPENCE, "The long yard of Shellharbour" 2005. mixed media on paper. Courtesy of the artist.