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Gallery Director Niomi Sands with the Grafton Chair by Keith Cameron.

 Jacaranda Festival at the Grafton Regional Gallery

The Grafton Regional Gallery celebrates the 86th Jacaranda festival with a love of lilac and a plethora of purple themed events to help honour the town’s hundreds of lilac-blossomed trees.

Exhibition: Streets & Structures of Grafton

Image: contributed
Jacaranda Viaduct, 2020. Katrina McAndrew. Linoprint on mulberry paper.

View a collection of new work by local artist Katrina McAndrew. As the 2021 Jacaranda Festival Artist, Katrina has created work that celebrates the Jacaranda Festival and iconic landmarks of Grafton. Limited edition prints available for purchase in the Gallery Shop. “The inspiration for my linocut prints comes from the streets and structures of Grafton. I’ve walked across our bridges hundreds of times. My favourite is the old bridge. I’m always finding a new perspective. The way the light hits the steel at the precise moment I’m standing there, there is unique beauty, colour and detail.” Katrina McAndrew.

Jacaranda Retrospective

View five pieces of rarely seen historical footage from the National Film and Sound Archive courtesy of the Jacaranda Festival in the Courtyard Gallery. Track the evolution of the festival through moving image from 1936 to 1955.

Open Garden and Big Purple Chair

Gallery Director Niomi Sands with the Grafton Chair by Keith Cameron.

The gardens at the Gallery are part of the Jacaranda Open Gardens program. Don’t miss the chance to take your photo on the famous Grafton Chair – a sculpture by Keith Cameron and part of the Gallery collection. The chair will take centre stage in the Gallery courtyard for Jacaranda with a fabulous floral display by local floral artist Wildflower Wanderings. Spot the garden gnomes painted by local artists and new editions to the Gallery-garden.

Light up the Gallery

During the Jacaranda Festival the Grafton Regional Gallery will be awash in purple. Follow the night lights trail from See Park up to Fitzroy Street.

Get Creative

Make purple art and craft at our art space on the Gallery veranda with your family.

The Grafton Regional Gallery is thrilled to be a part of the Jacaranda Art Trail and Open Gardens tour. Showcasing the talents of the entire Clarence Valley, the Art Trail visits Grafton’s street art precinct as well as galleries in Ulmarra, Cowper, Maclean, and Iluka before heading back to the Grafton Regional Gallery. The Open Gardens tour is an annual favourite led by a keen local gardener. More information and tickets for both these events can be found on the festival website.