Grafton Regional Gallery Collection Online
Welcome to the Grafton Regional Gallery’s Collection Online.
The Collection Online project was made possible through the generous support of Arts NSW and Clarence Valley Council.
The Gallery aims to be an accessible centre of excellence in the visual arts for the residents of and visitors to the Clarence Valley and to promote understanding and development of the visual arts. The Gallery has a permanent collection of over 1300 works which, through an active acquisition policy of purchase, donation and gifting, is steadily growing.
In March 1988 when the Grafton Regional Gallery was opened the gallery’s collection was established with the donation of the Jacaranda Art Society Collection by the Jacaranda Art Society and the donation of works and artefacts by Doris O’Grady to form the O’Grady Collection. In the same year the Regional Collection was established by the first Gallery Director, Julian Faigan, to recognise the visual art history and culture of the region and further develop the unique identity of the gallery and the Clarence Valley, including work by Aboriginal artists.
The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) Collection was established with the launch of the inaugural JADA in October 1988. The JADA developed from the Jacaranda Art Prize (JAS) which strengthened the gallery’s collection by specialising in collecting contemporary Australian drawing.
Since 1996 national and international contemporary prints have been collected from artists and galleries and through the annual member print subscription to the Australian Print Council.
In 2004 Sam and Janet Cullen and their family gifted the 37 photographs taken by John William Lindt in the 1870s, thereby establishing The Clarence Valley Photographs by John William Lindt Collection. In 2005 eight photographs were gifted to the Gallery by the Friends of the Gallery and in 2008 Ian and Florence Robinson donated the diptych Solferino.
In 2008 Ken Done donated 135 prints to the gallery. These join the eight works held in the collection to form the Ken Done Collection.
The National Collection was formed to recognise works of art by Australian artists acquired through donation and direct purchase from artists and galleries since the Gallery was established in 1988, and has a focus on works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
The Grafton Regional Gallery is a cultural service of the Clarence Valley Council supported by Arts NSW and other funding bodies.