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.

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