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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2010
www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au spring 2010 16 Kedumba Drawing Award by Amanda Diaz Just off the Great Western Highway, on the grounds of Blue Mountains Grammar School, is one of Australia's best-kept art secrets. The Kedumba Gallery has been home to an extensive collection of the country's best contemporary drawings for over twenty years. "People stumble in and ask us why we're hidden away in the Blue Mountains," says co-founder of Kedumba, Marlene Plummer. With works dating back to 1990, the gallery is a perfect record of what is and has been considered 'modern' in Australian drawing over the years. "The collection, now numbering 165 works, is chronological and pedagogical," Marlene says, "and is protected by a Trust for the people of Australia." While the collection is added to by acquisitions and donations approved by the Board of Trustees, the most celebrated additions are those selected as part of the annual Kedumba Drawing Award. Described by John Olsen as one of the most important events in Australian art, in 2010 the award is commemorating 21 years of celebrating contemporary drawings. First presented in 1990, it is an invitation-only venture extended to 24 of Australia's best contemporary artists with an acquisitive prize of $20,000. Last year's winners included Melbourne based perceptual realist Dagmar Cyrulla's self portrait and Derek Whitehead's Musicmakers. The gallery is located in the grounds Blue Mountains Grammar School in Wentworth Falls. First built around 1880, it exhibits parts of the Kedumba Collection on weekdays from 11.00am to 4.00pm and on weekends by appointment. The 2010 Kedumba Drawing Award works will be shown from the 31st of October through till the end of November. During this time, the gallery will be open daily. Admission is free. Groups of all kinds are welcome. Enquiries: 0418 414 402 / (02) 4757 2371 or email email@example.com