ARCHIBALD PRIZE. 2013
1 Feb - 15 March 2014
Anna Hoyle Lucky Prince and Pretty Princess (detail) 2010 ink archival glue & glitter on paper 54 x 178cm. Image Grafton Regional Gallery.
Burdekin Bequest: selected works
7 Dec 2013 to 11 Jan 2014
The Burdekin Bequest is a significant collection of
works bequeathed to the City of Tamworth by Mr.
Norman Weekes Burdekin and Mrs. Margaretta
Emilie Burdekin in 1961.
This collection includes works by Hans Heysen, Nora
Heysen, Will Ashton, Elioth Gruner and Sidney Long.
Sir Hans Heysen Travellers 1918-23 Watercolour on paper. 56 x 77.5 cm Image TRG
A little bit of This, A little bit of That
A Tamworth Regional Gallery Collection Exhibition
7 December 2013 - 25January 2014
Showcasing the various facets of the Gallery’s Collection including new works recently acquired through gifts, donations and purchased by the Tamworth Regional Gallery Friends.
Elisabeth Cummings After the wet, 2006, oil on canvas 90 x 100cm. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program in memory of the Regan Family. Image TRG
Image below lucy Irvine Continuous Interruptions
2011 Irrigation piping, cable ties, steel, paint. 115 x 180 x 130 cm Collection Tamworth Regional Gallery
JADA Drawing Collection
JADA Drawing Collection 2006 - 2012
26 October to 7 December 2013
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. Since the establishment of the drawing acquisition prize in 1988 there has been 117 works acquired into the collection from leading, established and emerging artists.
In 1988 the Jacaranda Art Exhibition was presented for the first time by the Grafton Regional Gallery with the support of the Jacaranda Art Society, as a specialised acquisitive Australian drawing prize.
The inaugural Director of the Gallery, Julian Faigen, made the decision to change the dynamics of the Jacaranda Art Exhibition from a various medium open prize with four sections to a specific award for drawing. This decision recognised the need for regional galleries to specialise in their collections to allow for the development of identity, to reflect regional and historical difference, to encourage diversity and to reduce competition with other public institutions.
In 1994 the Jacaranda Art Exhibition became the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award and formed into the structure it still holds today; a biennial award with entries selected by a panel of art professional for exhibition from which the judge selects the acquisitive first prize and further acquisitions.
The Friends of the Gallery became the sole sponsors of a $5,000 first prize in 1998 with the gallery funding the $5,000 of further acquisitions of the award. In 2000 the total prize money doubled to $20,000 and to celebrate the twenty years of the JADA in 2008 the award was increased to $30,000, where it remains.
Since 1998 the JADA Exhibition has toured throughout the eastern seaboard of Australia, travelling to several regional and metropolitan galleries during the two years between awards.
The JADA provides artists who reside in Australia a unique opportunity to explore the complexity of drawing. The award seeks to encourage and promote innovation and excellence and plays a vital role in fostering Australian drawing practice.
The nationally significant JADA collection exemplifies the developments and changing parameters of contemporary drawing since 1988. The collection explores the way that drawing resonates as a contemporary medium, demonstrating the relevance and strength of drawing. Works in the collection offer a varied and extensive overview of drawing ranging from highly resolved articulate works to spontaneous expressive works that are mostly retained on the conventional support of paper.
The JADA collection continues to attractively develop through the tastes, opinions and approaches of the various judges fostering a collection that is compelling, thought provoking, innovative, exuberant, and diverse. During the twenty-first century drawing will continue to develop through the innovative fusions of mediums practiced by artists.
Works from the JADA Collection 2006 – 2010 embodies the diversity and provocativeness of drawing.
The Long Yard of Shellharbour 2006
graphite, acrylic and mixed media on paper
Winner of the 2006 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award
Grafton Regional Gallery Collection
2126.359.2008.021 DR. Image Grafton Regional Gallery.
at Ray Walsh House
Laugh Out Loud!
PRESENTATION OF PRIZES
for Challenge Community Services Laugh Out Loud Art Competition!
Over $2500 worth of prizes will be awarded on the day including the ever-popular People’s Choice Award.
Prizes presented by Member for Tamworth Kevin Andersen and morning tea will be provided.
Over 190 artworks completed by people with a disability are on display at Ray Walsh House,
Community Space, Tamworth until the 6th December 2013.
location: Ray Walsh House Community Space, 437 Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW.
when: Commences 10.00am on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013, International
Day People with Disability.
rsvp: Please RSVP by the 26th November to Challenge Marketing and Media Officer, Amie Collins on
(02) 6763 1806 or
Ray Walsh House Community
437 Peel Street
TAMWORTH NSW 2340
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5pm