The Kedumba Collection

Since its inception in 1990, the Kedumba Collection has acquired more than 250 drawings.

The collection has been built on the winning entries from the annual Kedumba Drawing Award as well as approved gifts and acquisitions by the Artist Trustees and Director on behalf of the Collection.

Over the years the Collection has become one of the most significant and important collections of late 20th century and contemporary drawing in Australia.
Artists represented include Sidney Nolan, Margaret Olley, Lloyd Rees, John Olsen, Elizabeth Cummings, Jan Senbergs, Wendy Sharpe, Lucy Culliton, Ben Quilty and Aida Tomescu among many others.

Artists in the Collection

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John Coburn

Born in Ingham, North Queensland a visit to the Art Gallery of NSW when he was 13 changed John Coburn’s […]

Shay Docking

Angorhora and Tomaree Peak Acquired by the Trustees from the 1996 Award.

Rachel Ellis

She was born in Adelaide, 1967. Studied at COFA, UNSW, Sydney; BA (Visual Art), 1988 and M Art (by coursework), […]

Christopher Gentle

Chris Gentle's exquisite line work and colouration continue to draw respect from the art community. Born in the UK in […]

Patrick Henigan

Born 1925 in Staffordshire, UK. Arrived in Australia 1950. After working in coalmines and then active service in the British […]

Francis Lymburner

Stanley Francis Lymburner Born June 1916 at Albion, Brisbane died October 1972. Francis was educated at Brisbane Grammar School and […]

Mary McQueen

b.1912 d.1994 Painter, printmaker and teacher. Born in Carlton in 1912. In 1939 she began painting in watercolours, studied drawing […]

John Olsen

Born in Newcastle in 1928. John Olsen is one of Australia’s most respected artists. He was awarded an OBE for […]

Guy Warren

Born Goulburn NSW 1921. War service 1941-45. Studied post-war under ex-servicemens' training scheme at National Art School 1946-49. He lived […]

Ken Whisson

Born in Lilydale, Victoria in 1927. He studied painting at Swinburne Institute of Technology from 1944-45 and between1946-47 studied with […]

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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