Grafton Regional Gallery is situated in the heritage precinct of Grafton and is a cultural hub for the Clarence Valley. As a significant cultural institution of the North Coast, the gallery provides a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, programs, tourism and museum services. Historic Prentice House is surrounded by a cottage garden which attracts visitors who wish to enjoy arts and culture in a tranquil environment. In 2021 the gallery reopened with state-of-the-art galleries and event spaces funded by the Create NSW Regional Cultural Fund.
Grafton Regional Gallery was established in 1988 with a donation from the Jacaranda Art Society. The collection, formed in 1988, now holds more than 3,000 works, including works that celebrate the Clarence Valley region, the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award and Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award provide a focus on excellence in contemporary drawing and local indigenous stories. The collection holds significant representations of artwork by Doris and Gladys O’Grady, John William Lindt and Ken Done. Grafton Regional Gallery is proudly supported by the Yulgilbar Foundation, the Friends of Grafton Gallery and the Gallery Foundation who fundraise to assist the gallery to bring outstanding exhibitions, creative experiences and to develop the significant collection for the Clarence Valley.
The Friends of the Gallery (FoGG) is a volunteer group that assists with the ongoing development of the gallery’s collection of contemporary Australian drawing, being the major sponsor of the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. Becoming a Friend is a great way to become involved, receive information about activities, events and keeps subscriber’s informed of all that’s happening at the gallery and in the visual arts of the Clarence Valley. Membership is open to all for an annual subscription fee. Visit the website for further information.
The Grafton Regional Gallery is well known for the biennial Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) which supports excellence in drawing and extensively tours throughout regional Australia. On alternative years to JADA, the gallery presents the biennial Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award (CVIAA) which supports the Bundjalung, Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl nations of the Clarence Valley.
- Children’s art making stations
- Gallery shop
- Historic building
- Onsite parking
- Tours by appointment and gold coin donation
- Wheelchair access
- Workshops & classes