About Kedumba

The Kedumba Drawing Award and Kedumba Collection were established by Jeffrey Plummer, with the support of the Blue Mountains Grammar School, in 1990. The award is one of the longest running, and most prestigious, drawing prizes in Australia.

The Kedumba Collection is a public entity, protected by a Trust. It exists solely to promote the practice of drawing in Australia.

Each year an eminent Australian artist judges the drawing award. Previous years judges have included Kevin Connor, Ann Thomson, John Wolseley, Nicholas Harding and Cherry Hood among many others.

Kedumba is a Gundungurra word meaning ‘shiny, falling waters’.

The Kedumba Collection pays respect to Elders past and present and recognises that the Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country.

History of Kedumba

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The annual Kedumba Drawing Award was established in 1990 by Jeffrey Plummer, with the support of the Blue Mountains Grammar School. It is one of the longest running and most prestigious drawing prizes in Australia.

It is acquisitive and each year an eminent Australian artist, judges the drawing award. Previous years judges have included Kevin Connor, Ann Thomson, John Wolseley, Nicholas Harding and Cherry Hood among many others. The resultant Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings is considered to be one of the best in Australia.

For the first five years the Award was held at the Fairmont Resort in Leura. Artists, nation-wide were invited to participate and the judge asked to select a drawing that would enrich and enhance the Kedumba Collection. The Collection was exhibited in the Kedumba Gallery, developed in 1996, in a one hundred year old building, in the grounds of Blue Mountains Grammar School. As the Collection grew a Trust was formed and it became a public Collection and the responsibility of the Trustees.

As the Collection grew storage became an issue and Orange Regional Gallery kindly cared for and exhibited the drawings for many years. It was always intended that the Collection would return to the Blue Mountains and this occurred in 2019, not to its previous space but to a free standing building, now converted to a gallery and generously provided by the Blue Mountains Grammar School.

Over the years works have been lent to institutions and in 2014 fifty one drawings exhibited at Tweed Regional Gallery.

"The Kedumba Collection has become the most representative collection of drawings of this period in this country."

John Olsen AO OBE

The Kedumba Trust

The public Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings is protected by a Trust. Responsible for this collection are the Trustees named below.

All decisions in regard to drawings acquired or donated for the collection, other than those of the judge at the annual Kedumba Drawing Award, must be approved by the Artist Trustees. Donations of works may be claimed under the Government Cultural Gifts Program.

Director / Curator

Marlene Plummer

Artist Trustees

Tim Allen

Community Trustees

Natasha Danilof
Rachael Newton
Malcolm Michielsen
Dale Turner

Patrons

Alan & Judy Leek
Reg Livermore AO
Euan Macleod
Margaret McKay
John O’Halloran
Tim Storrier AM
Margaret Woodward

The new Kedumba Drawing Award

In 2024 the Kedumba Collection will host the $20,000 acquisitive Kedumba Drawing Award!

For 35 years the Kedumba Drawing Award has been one of the pre-eminent awards for drawing in Australia. The addition of the $20,000 prize money will ensure that the Award continues to grow and build on its success for many years to come.

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