The Kedumba Drawing Award

The Kedumba Drawing Award Collection has returned to its spiritual home in the Blue Mountains after eight years being housed in Orange.

The 30th year of the award is being hosted by Lost Bear Gallery on Katoomba's Lurline Street. It opened on November 3 and will remain available to the public until December 1.

The award began at Blue Mountains Grammar School in 1990. It returns to Grammar in 2020.

John Olsen, AO, OBE, has called the Kedumba Collection the most representative collection of drawings of this period in Australia.There are some 240 drawings in the collection.

The Kedumba Collection of Contemporary Australian Drawings is one of the most significant collections in the country and is protected by a Trust for the people of Australia. It receives no government funding, donations are tax deductible.

Twenty artists were invited to participate. These are Tony Ameneiro; Tobias Clack; Leonie Duff; Jane Giblin; Stephen Hall; Julie Hutchings; Kerry McInnis; Kevin McKay; David Middlebrook; Peta Minnici; Lesley O'Shea; Joe Penn; Andrew Seward; Robert Shepherd; Sally Simpson; Andrew Stattman; Jodi Stewart; Claire Tozer; Steve Waller and Mirra Whale. Each year it is judged by an eminent Australian artist whose work is in the Kedumba Collection.

Three artists' works were purchased and selected by this year's judge Peter Boggs - Peta Minnici for Looking out and Seeing in - Bundanon and Jane Giblin for My son - an Amateur Birder and also a drawing by Clare Tozer called Remnants.

Mr Boggs called the works "excellent acquisitions for the Kedumba Collection," he said. "Frankly it was a difficult choice among a number of fine works".