The Kedumba Drawing Award

In 2024 Kedumba is launching the inaugural open $20,000 Kedumba Drawing Award. All Australian artists working in the broad sphere of drawing are invited to enter. The award is acquisitive with the winning work becoming a permanent part of the Kedumba Collection.

The invited Judges for 2024's Kedumba Drawing Award are...

Suzanne Archer

Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including AGNSW, National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian National Gallery.

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Suzanne Archer was born in England in 1945 and emigrated to Australia in 1965.

Suzanne’s practice spans five decades encompassing painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. She has exhibited extensively in commercial and regional galleries nationally and internationally; the latest exhibition The Mermaid’s Tail was at Orange Regional Gallery in 2023.

Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including AGNSW, National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian National Gallery.

She has won many Prizes and Awards including the EMSLA prize in 2018, Dobell Prize for Drawing AGNSW 2010, Kedumba Drawing Award in 2010, Wynne Prize AGNSW in 1994, Prime TV Painting Prize in 1993 and the Faber-Castell Prize for Drawing in 1985.

She has had a number of Grants including a 1993 Fellowship from the Visual Arts/Crafts Board of the Australia Council. In 2017 she received an Australian Council for the Arts Grant towards funding a book about her life and work Song of the Cicada that was launched in 2019 by Nicholas Thompson Gallery.

She has had Residences in New York, Paris and China.

Suzanne Archer lives and has her studio in the bushland environment of Wedderburn NSW.

Euan Macleod

His work is represented in many private and public collections, including Te Papa Museum, New Zealand, the National Gallery of Australia and the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

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He attained a Diploma of Fine Arts (Painting) in 1979, and moved to Sydney in 1981.

Macleod has had over 50 solo shows in Australia and New Zealand and had taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. He has a current exhibition Euan Macleod: Flux at Orange Regional Gallery, NSW.

His work is represented in many private and public collections, including Te Papa Museum, New Zealand, the National Gallery of Australia and the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

He has won a number of prizes including the Archibald Prize in 1999, the 2000 Tattersall’s Landscape Prize, the Sulman Prize in 2001, the Blake Prize for Religious Painting in 2006, the inaugural NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize in 2008, the Gallipoli Art Prize and the Tattersall’s Landscape Prize in 2009, and the King’s School Art Prize in 2011.

In 2010 a monograph, Euan Macleod: the Painter in the Painting, written by Gregory O’Brien and published by Piper Press, was released.

Macleod lives and works in Sydney.

Marlene Plummer - Director

She has been the Curator of the Award for twenty-five years and is passionate about the resultant public Kedumba Collection.

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For thirty-five years, Marlene has been involved in running Kedumba with her husband Jeffrey, whose vision initiated the Kedumba Drawing Award. She has been the Curator of the Award for twenty-five years and is passionate about the resultant public Kedumba Collection and relishes every opportunity to share the Collection. Marlene became the Director when Jeffrey’s health declined.

As an art lover from a very early age, Marlene believes that art and music are vital for people of all ages and promotes avenues to encourage and stimulate young visitors to the Kedumba Gallery, where the Award and Collection are exhibited.

Marlene is excited about the new format for Kedumba and her continued role in selecting finalists from a wide range of talented Australian artists.

How to Enter

Before entering the Award please ensure you carefully read the following list of criteria.

How many drawings can I submit?

You may submit two (2) drawings. Each drawing must not exceed 1.2 x 1.2 when framed.

What criteria must I meet for each entry

Your work must be original and must have been completed in the past 12 months. It may have been exhibited but not entered into any other prizes or awards. The Kedumba Award is acquisitive and the winning drawing becomes a part of the Kedumba Collection.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry is $50 for the first entry and $45 for the second. The total for two is $95.

When do submissions close?

Friday 16th August Midnight.

How are the drawings judged?

The judges are asked to select 50 finalists. These will be curated and exhibited in the Kedumba Gallery. The judges will visit the gallery to make his/her decision after viewing all fifty finalists.

When will I know if I’ve been selected?

You will be notified by email Friday 20th September.

What happens to my drawing if I am chosen as a Finalist?

If you are a finalist you will be expected to frame your work to museum standard with D hooks. Also you will arrange for your work to be delivered on Monday 4th 5th or 6th November between 10 and 4. Preferred courier is IAS who have depots in all states and are reliable. Deliveries via Australia Post are acceptable to Kedumba Gallery, Locked Bag 3006 Wentworth Falls NSW 2782.

Will there be an exhibition of the Winner and Finalists?

Yes in the Kedumba Gallery. 3 Matcham Ave Wentworth Falls NSW from November 17 to December 8 Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 3pm.

Who can enter the Kedumba Drawing Award?

Any permanent resident of Australia over the age of 18.

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Previous Award Winners & Finalists

The collection has largely been built on the winning entries from the annual Kedumba Drawing Award. 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.

Chrysalis

by Anastasia Wiltshire

Grief I

by Michelle Hungerford

Wren

by Honor Bradbeer

Still

by Teo Treloar

Baby

by Nic Plowman

Formation

by Annika Romeyn

Celebrating International Women’s Day with our 'Women at Altitude' exhibition

An exhibition of women artists from the Kedumba Drawing Collection.
Mar 17, 2024
Open every Sunday 11am - 3pm
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