Exhibition features richest regional drawing prize entries

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Exhibition features richest regional drawing prize entries


7 March 2013

The Grafton Regional Gallery touring initiative, JADA: Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award Exhibition, will open at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery at 6.30pm on Thursday 14 March.

JADA is the flagship of the Grafton Regional Gallery, which promotes excellence in Australian contemporary drawing. Several acquisitions from the annual exhibition enter the gallery’s nationally recognised collection of Australian contemporary drawing.

The exhibition at USC will be officially opened by Grafton Regional Gallery Director Jude McBean.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said the exhibition would offer artists and designers a look at what Australia’s leading artists were doing.

“What we will see at the USC Gallery is the touring component that presents the best of the best, with the exhibition comprising more than 40 examples of drawing,” Ms Oelrich said.

“Queensland artists, as usual, are well represented. And work by well-known Sunshine Coast artist Ian Gunn will feature in the exhibition.”

“The winning work by Brisbane artist Miles Hall, called ‘Eyes closed, searching for noon and night’, will feature among works by other artists like David Fairburn and Wendy Sharpe.”

Ms Oelrich said the Grafton Regional Gallery maintained one of Australia’s finest collections of drawings, with the Friends of Grafton Gallery providing the $15,000 major prize for JADA.

The touring exhibition will continue at the USC Gallery until Saturday 20 April.

The gallery is located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and closed Sundays and public holidays.

— Terry Walsh

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