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Zoomed – selected as a finalist in 2020 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award.

150cm x 150cm  March to July 2020  ink, acrylic, oil stick, pastel and hand stitching with string on paper

JADA is Grafton Regional Gallery’s flagship art prize, celebrating drawing in all its splendour from hyper-realism that is beyond belief to the expressive and abstract, evoking the poetic and emotional response to the human condition and our environment. Many of the works question and challenge the notion of the traditional drawing; while others provide a contemporary perspective and reinvigorate those traditions.

The Gallery will launch the exhibition on Friday 2 October where Judge, Peter McKay will announce the winner of the $35,000 prize with the works remaining on view until  22 November 2020. Peter is Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.

For more information click here

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Enamoured selected for the 2020 Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award.
Celebrating printmaking and drawing, this long running prize will see some of the finest contemporary works entered from across Australia.
The mission of the Swan Hill Print and Drawing Awards is to promote excellence in Australian prints and drawings, present an exhibition of contemporary works and continue to build a high-quality collection for Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.
4th September 2020 date of exhibition launch – Swan Hill Regional Gallery.
Enamoured – detail
Charcoal, sap, ink on papper 150cm x 100cm
Lonely on a trip away from loved ones, I appreciated and became captivated with a wild magpie that came to visit me. Enamoured is drawn with burnt branched and sap, collected after the 2020 bushfires in Australia, which destroyed a vast amount of our wildlife’s habitat.
Jody Graham 19/6/20

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Artist talk – ‘Trashed’ now showing in Occupied at The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
Saturday 4th July 2020, 11am
30 Parke St, Katoomba, NSW 2780

Trashed is created from cans, plastic and glass bottles thrown out on the side of The Bells Line of Road in a 30-kilometer distance from Mt Tomah a to Browns Swamp at Lithgow. NSW
Trashed – approximately 1000 objects with dimensions

Details attached.

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Online Art Course – I Can’t Live Without…

An in-depth creative enquiry into a personal object or theme.


Course includes
  • Weekly project with detailed information, links and videos to assist you.
  • Weekly follow up individually tailored, one on one online tutorials.
  • Learn skills and techniques with variety of drawing materials, how to make exciting composition, knowledge and practical skills to help you produce a series of artworks.
  • Accesses to WhatsApp group connected to the course to share with like-minded creatives.
  • Form online connections with others for possible future group exhibitions.
  • Estimated weekly time 3 – 6 hours (your pace)
  • Experience level – Intermediate to Advanced
  • Next course commences early August 2020.
  • For more information or to join waiting list go to contacts page on this website and send a message.



I have learnt so much on this course, it’s hard to believe the progress made in a few weeks. Jody has put together a course that is interesting and challenged me to deeply get to know my subject matter. Each week I learnt and practiced new skills and Jody’s knowledge and resources pushed me to keep improving.
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their drawing and learn a variety of techniques and skills. Jody is a great teacher, she really looks at your individual work and sees what could be improved or experimented with. Her deep love and expertise in drawing and creativity comes across in her lessons.
It was also fun and supportive to post in the whatsapp group as we went along – to see other’s work progressing and to share insights and challenges.
Mandy Galbraith 29/6/2020


Jody’s course has taken me from feeling that my drawing was a huge weakness to a position of greater confidence in my technical skills and an enthusiasm for exploring further techniques and experimentation. I was impressed with the tailored experience and the number of resources that Jody provided. Her feedback and guidance was positive and constructive. The addition of the WhatsApp group allowed us to share and comment between online sessions which was encouraging and valuable. I Can’t Live Without has been an excellent course and has led to works for exhibition. Thank you, Jody.
Kirsten Johnston 28/6/2020

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Jody Graham
Happy Daze 220
Discarded bits of cardboard, wood and acrylic and enamel paint.
13cm(h) x 11cm(w) x 18cm(l)
Home has been inspired by my love of architecture. I am especially fond of the make shift, old, busted, or derelict. I like looking at the evidence of activity seen in the character of old buildings. Dog scratch marks on a back door, little balcony’s protruding from windows and holes covered or walls constructed from random bits of wood. The charm I see in old buildings causes me to ruminate about previous inhabitants and the times they lived in.
I had so much fun making these little dwellings out of empty boxes and odds and ends lying about in my studio. It’s deeply satisfying creating original artwork from single use items that get thrown out. It costs me nothing but time and innovation with what I have.
Online Exhibition – 6 – 21 June 2020
M.Contemporary 37 Ocean St, Woollahra, NSW 2025
Phone: +61 2 9328 0922


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In January 2020, just after the mega-fires went through the Blue Mountains, I went to BigCi Artist Residency at Bilpin, NSW. I did this to be in the charred landscape and see how I could respond creatively to such a significant time in our history.
As a result I created ‘Trashed’ which is currently showing in Occupied at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
Trashed’ has been created from cans, plastic and glass bottles thrown out on the side of The Bells Line of Road in a 30 kilometre distance from Mt Tomah a to Browns Swamp at Lithgow.
The extent of how much is chucked out on a scenic drive became more evident after recent bushfires cleared away trees and shrubs hiding litter along the highway.
Occupied runs from 2 June to 5 July 2020.
Photo credit – Graeme Wienand.

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2 x 1 day workshops – book into both or one.

Workshop 1 – Composition – Figurative – Sunday 16th August 2020

Workshop 2 – Mark Making – Still Life – Sunday 13th September 2020


Open the Door and Draw.
Workshop 1 – Sunday 16 August 2020 – Composition – Figurative
Begin the class with interesting engaging drawing techniques to help you let go of inhibitions and connect with the joy of drawing. The second part of the class will be focused on creating a dynamic composition by changing your viewpoint and drawing yourself from a perspective you have not considered before.


Workshop 2 – Sunday 13 September 2020 –  Mark Making – Still Life
Often what we don’t see excited us, sometimes the thinking about something is more exciting than the reality of it. Uncover new approaches to still life and mark making by wrapping and binding objects and using them to draw and abstract from. This workshop will be focused on materials and mark making.
Venue – Art Est Art School
Experience level – Intermediate and advanced students.
For more information and bookings