Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award

Medium / category: Drawing

Eligibility: Australian citizens or permanent residents in Australia

Associated institution: Grafton Regional Gallery  

The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) at Grafton Regional Gallery celebrates Australian contemporary drawing. The exhibition encapsulates a spectrum of drawing practice, from the expressive and abstract, to hyperrealism, and works that evoke a poetic and emotional response to our environment, the human condition, and current global events. Commencing in 1988, this historical, biennial art prize seeks to encourage and promote innovation and excellence in drawing. The JADA is sponsored by the Friends of Grafton Gallery (FOGG) who are major contributors toward the first prize of $35,000, with the winning acquisitive work joining the Grafton Regional Gallery Collection.

Notable Previous Winners


  • Catherine O’Donnell, Glenbrook Window #1, 2021

Winner: Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award

The Different Award Categories

The award categories include the acquisitive $35,000 first prize and an additional non-acquisitive 3,500 award for early career, along with potential acquisitions of up to $10,000.

Information up to date from June 14 2023