Acquisitions from the JADA enter the Gallery’s nationally recognized collection of Australian contemporary drawing. The works are then packaged up and toured for two years to regional galleries around Australia.

Established in 1988 the award is now a biennial event.

The major award of $15,000 is acquisitive, along with further acquisitions to the value of $10,000.

The JADA encourages and promotes innovation and excellence in drawing and gives artists who reside in Australia an opportunity to explore the complexity of drawing.

The major contributors to the JADA are the Friends of the Grafton Regional Gallery who raise the $15,000 prize money.