JADA 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.
JADA 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.