The Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings is widely regarded as one of the finest collections of drawing in Australia and is currently on long term loan to Orange Regional Gallery. Many of the drawings can be seen installed at Orange Health Service as part of the Arts + Health Strategy
Since its inception in 1990, the public Kedumba Collection has acquired almost two hundred drawings. These have been sourced from the annual Kedumba Drawing Award, approved gifts from artists and other benefactors, and acquisitions by the Artist Trustees and Director on behalf of the Collection. As a result of this unique approach, the collection is considered by distinguished art authorities to be of outstanding significance and importance.
The practice of drawing is essential to many artists because it is the primary means of visual expression, offering a direct and immediate way of responding to experiences and expressing ideas.
Drawings appeal to a wide audience because there are no secrets to how most drawings are made and it is less mediated than most digitally based or graphic arts. Usually burnt pieces of willow, a simple pencil or watercolour wash are enough. The rest depends on how well the artist integrates the hand, the eye and the mind.
The large group of enthusiastic Kedumba supporters joined with celebrations of the 25th Kedumba on the 25th of October. The Director Jeffrey Plummer welcomed 15 of the 24 finalist artists,some of whom had traveled long distances.
The finalist list of 24 artists were Katka Adams,Danelle Bergstrom,John Bokor,Jane Canefield, Anne Edmonds,Melissa Egan,Julie Harris,Ken Johnson Robbie Harmsworth, Jo Lane,Ryan McGennisken, Robert Malherbe, Graham Marchant,Deborah Marks,Paul Miller,Evan Salmon, Kurt Schranzer,Robert Shepherd,Holly Valance and Anthony White.The judge Ann Cape,spent two days of deliberation before making her final decision on the drawings to be acquired for the public Kedumba Collection of Drawings. Ann spoke of the high standard and explained why she had chosen the drawings and her selections are listed below.She announced that they were in no particular order and that her brief was to enrich and enhance the Kedumba Collection.Ann congratulated all the artists who had provided such an interesting and challenging exhibition.
The artists selected for the Kedumba colletion for 2014 were e David Edgar,Deborah Marks Paul Miler, Paul White, Jane Canfield and Julie Harris.
Kedumba Collection Director: Jeffrey Plummer
Kedumba Collection Curator: Marlene Plummer
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