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Contemporary Australian drawing
20 years of the Dobell Drawing Prize

Pam Hallandal Tsunami 2007-09 (detail)

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Australia’s most respected drawing award.

This touring exhibition of over 40 works brings together the winning entries in the Dobell Prize for Drawing from the last 20 years, along with a selection of finalist works that have since been bought for or donated to the Art Gallery of NSW’s Dobell Australian Drawing Collection.

Held annually from 1993 to 2012, the prize was initiated by the trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation and the Art Gallery of NSW. The winning work was automatically added to the Art Gallery of NSW collection.

The Dobell Prize has always been the subject of discussion and debate about the nature of drawing. What constitutes a drawing was deliberately not outlined in the conditions of entry. That was left for competing artists to define by their practice and for each individual judge, annually appointed by the trustees of the foundation, to determine in the process of looking at all the entries. This flexible, open-minded approach ensured a great variety of drawings was submitted each year, and the anniversary exhibition provides a revealing insight into contemporary Australian drawing.

An Art Gallery of NSW exhibition supported by the Sir William Dobell Foundation, toured by Museums & Galleries NSW.

15 February 2013 – 24 March 2013Grafton Regional Gallery
30 March 2013 – 5 May 2013Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
5 July 2013 – 18 August 2013Orange Regional Gallery
29 August 2013 – 6 October 2013National Art School
18 October 2013 – 24 November 2013Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre

Sponsor logos: Art Gallery of NSW, Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, Museums & Galleries NSW, Grace Fine Art, Australia Council for the Arts and NSW Department of Trade & Investment