The 2016 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award is off to Caboolture Regional Gallery for the first of its eight venue tour.
The winner and four acquisitions along with the 41 finalists are set to tour until August 2018. After Caboolture Regional Art Gallery the 2016 JADA goes to University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery followed by Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Gympie Regional Gallery, Redland Art Gallery, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Warwick Art Gallery and the New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale.
This is the 10th time the JADA has set out since its first tour in 1998. Each tour visits seven to nine venues mainly on the eastern seaboard of Australia. The furthest south it has travelled is Burnie in Tasmania and the furthest north is Rockhampton. The popularity of the JADA is demonstrated in the continual demand for the exhibition – the 2018 JADA has three bookings already.
The JADA has been safely travelled around Australia by S & D Welch Removalists of South Grafton. Since 1998 Welch’s have developed a specialisation in transporting fine art. It was not a stretch to develop this as they are always moving the furniture and personal belongings of people. Every two years they compete against specialist art transport companies to tour the JADA. As well as transporting the JADA Welch’s pick up from and return many of the drawings to the artists.