award is going to be announced this Friday. My work together with 46 other
finalists had been selected from 426 entries, the second highest number of
entries ever received.
is a reputable regional drawing prize in Australia, the richest of its
kind. It is a biannual event run by the Grafton Regional Gallery in
northern New South Wales. JADA press release puts the aim of the award as
seeking to "encourage and promote innovation and excellence in drawing and
plays a vital role in fostering Australian drawing practice".
The winner will be announced at
the official opening where the major acquisitive prize of AUD $15,000 with
another $15,000 in acquisitions will be announced. According to JADA press release, "Artists
acquired through the JADA include Maria Kontis, Michael Zavros,
John Philippides, Gordon Bennett, Godwin Bradbeer, Luke Doyle, David
Fairbairn and Deborah Klein."
Regardless of the outcome, my
work will gain exposure to a variety of audiences as
the finalist's exhibition will tour regional and metropolitan
galleries for a period of approximately eighteen months.
The finalist works can be seen here.