Art award draws record entries
THE Grafton Regional Gallery is preparing for what is set to be its biggest Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, with entries numbering more than 200.
The gallery's Rose Marin is hoping they will receive many more pieces today, which is closing day.
“Entries postmarked with August 6 will still be accepted. The quality of entries this year is amazing,” she said.
“There have been more than a few gasps heard around the gallery this week.”
“With about 300 entries accepted last year, we are well on track to beating that number, which is fairly exciting.”
Ms Marin said the number of entries for the $30,000 art prize was due to the extensive national promotion in the lead-up.
“The response has been incredible from all corners of the country.
"The award has really been widely accepted,” she said.
“We have also received entries from emerging as well as established artists, which is encouraging. Hopefully it means the award will grow in years to come.”
The 2010 JADA winner and finalists will be on display from Wednesday, October 27 to Sunday, December 12 at the Grafton Regional Gallery and will then embark on an extensive national tour and will be displayed in nine different locations.