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    Friends of Grafton Regional Gallery ~ Annual Winter Solstice Soup Day ~ 2024

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    The Friends Annual Winter Solstice Soup Day is a much-beloved fundraiser for the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA).  By allowing this award to be the major focus of the gallery’s acquisition policy, the collection has attractively developed through the tastes, opinions, and approaches of the various judges into a collection that is compelling, thought-provoking, innovative, exuberant, and diverse.

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    Annual Winter Solstice Soup Day 


    10am Sunday, June 23rd 

    • The Grafton Regional Gallery & the Gallery Store will be open from 10am to the general public as per normal trading hours
    • Ticket holders, please plan your arrival before 11.30am and have your tickets handy to scan
    • If you are visiting the Gallery Exhibitions from 10am, please exit and re-enter with your ticket at 11.30am
    • On your phone or printed is fine, our Friends volunteers will be here to welcome you in
    • Entry will be via the Gallery's Main Entrance, with accessible entry available as well

    11.30 am The Courtyard is open! 

    • You will be allocated your table on entry
    • Please have your tickets handy to scan by our Friends Committee at the Main Entrance
    • Peruse the Friends bar, find your Soup Buddies, and take your seat

    Midday Sharp!

    • Acknowledgement of Country
    • Welcoming words and introduction of the Soup Stars
    • Special Guest MC Cr Steve Pickering will start the Serving of the Soups!

    From Midday onwards 

    • Soup Soup Soup!

    3pm to 4pm

    • The Gallery will be open for viewing after your wonderful Winter Solstice Soup.   
    • Don't forget to visit The Gallery Store during the day for a wonderful Winter Solstice treat just for our Friends

    Proof of ID is required for purchases at the Friends Bar. 

    THANK YOU to the incredible local producers, restaurants, hospitality venues and creatives joining us for this not-to-be-missed annual fundraising event. 

    The Crown Hotel
    Grafton District Services Club
    Heart and Soul Wholefood Cafe
    Russell Lowe
    Toast Espresso
    Grafton District Golf Club
    The Village Green 

    THANK YOU to the incredible local producers, restaurants, hospitality venues and creatives joining us for this not-to-be-missed annual fundraising event on Sunday the 23rd of June.

    All our Chefs, restaurateurs, cooks and hospitality staff are here today as a generous donation of their time, produce and skills. The Clarence Valley has a thriving food culture with over 190+ eateries; ranging from award-winning, fine-dining, community volunteer kitchens, private catering, bistros, taverns, restaurants, pubs, takeaways, pop-ups, travelling carts, market stalls, cafes... and so many more!

    You can continue to show your support to these fantastic local businesses long after this Friends event ~ by following their websites and social media pages, tagging their soups and raffle prizes if you are sharing on your social media, and of course, by being a local & ongoing patron this winter! When you support small and local businesses, you can contribute to the health and happiness of your community and Friends. 

    The Friends of Grafton Gallery are proud to support and directly impact the local tourism, hospitality, business and produce economy as much as we can, and encourage all our Friends and guests to do so too in the change of seasons for the year ahead. 

    THANK YOU TO OUR SOUP STARS: Karrikin YambaCrown Hotel MotelGDSCHeart & Soul Wholefood Cafe Boutique Bar; Russell Lowe; Toast EspressoGrafton District Golf ClubVines at 139Village Green Hotel Grafton NSW

    THANK YOU TO THE 2024 EVENT SPONSORS: Clarence River Jockey ClubBotero Coffee RoastersMelting Wax PhotographyYoohoo McPhee Print & Design; Max Crus; Wine Commentator 

    Thank you to ALL the generous donations from ALL the local businesses for the 100 Club Prizes, Raffle Prizes and ongoing corporate sponsorships!!

    Thank you as always to Bent Bridge Brewing, our volunteer Bar Staff & the Grafton Regional Gallery for your support at the Friends Bar in 2024.

    Photograph by Simon Hughes Media.


    Ticket sales for the upcoming Winter Solstice Soup Day; as well as all purchases made over the Friends Bar at the recent Gallery Official Exhibitions Opening Events will directly go towards the 2024 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award Prize.

    The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) celebrates Australian contemporary drawing at its finest. 

    Thank you to Bent Bridge Brewing & the Grafton Regional Gallery Team for your support at the Friends Bar across 2024.

    If you are a Clarence Valley business looking to become a Corporate Sponsor of the Friends, please email us at 

    Photograph by Melting Wax Photography, courtesy GRG

    The Friends of Grafton Regional Gallery acknowledges the generous support provided by our financial members, Corporate Sponsors and all the generous donors for this annual event.

    This support allows the FoGG to provide social, inclusive, welcoming events & cultural experiences for the extended community of the Clarence Valley Friends Members, the FoGG Committee, Artists, Volunteers, and the wider Clarence Arts & Culture Community

    Friends of the Gallery Inc. has charitable Institution status and is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient. All donations and gifts over $2 are tax deductible.

    If you would like more information, please contact:

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    10am to 4pm
    Closed Mondays and Public Holidays

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