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2020 JADA judge announced

The Grafton Regional Gallery has announced the judge for one of Australia’s richest drawing awards. The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) Judge for 2020 is Peter McKay Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.

Peter has an extensive curatorial career and has developed an number of GOMA exhibitions including ‘Noel McKenna: Landscape – Mapped’ (2017-2018), ‘Travellers’ (2017), ‘Get What You Want: Music Cinema’ (2016), ‘Madonna Staunton: Out of a clear blue sky’ (2014-2015), and ‘Voice and Reason’ (2013), a Collection exhibition that presented apparent intersections of indigenous and non-indigenous voices while also accounting for vastly different cultural perspectives and reasoning. Most recently, he curated ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection’, QAGOMA’s largest and most ambitious solo project by an Australian artist. A graduate of the South Australian School of Art (University of South Australia), Peter McKay was Curator at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, prior to joining the Australian art curatorial team at QAGOMA in 2011.

Entries for the 2020 JADA close on Tuesday, 30 June 2020. Entry forms and details are available online at the Grafton Regional Gallery website. The first prize for this prestigious, acquisitive drawing award has increased this year to $35,000.

The JADA has built an impressive collection of contemporary Australian drawing at the Grafton Regional Gallery. This is development has been made possible with the continued support of the Friends of Grafton Gallery.

The JADA is presented every two years by the Grafton Regional Gallery, a cultural service of the Clarence Valley Council.