Festschrift | A Celebration in Print

Heidi Lefebvre, Courage Chronicles (detail), 2019, edition of 3, collage and print on paper.

Festschrift: A Celebration in Print 

Antonia Aitken, Surya Bajracharya, Georgia Black, Richard Blackwell, Penelope Cain, Shellaine Godbold, Lizzie Hall, John Hart, Nicci Haynes, Stephanie Hicks, Clare Jackson, Rachel Jessie Rae, Julian Laffan, James Langer, Heidi Lefebvre, Pete McLean, Rose Montebello, Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, Patsy Payne, John Pratt, Erica Seccombe, Bernie Slater, Kate Smith, Rebecca Stapledon and Rose Townsend.

Project led by Dr Erica Seccombe, Lecturer (Foundation Studies) and Convener Postgraduate Coursework Studies, ANU School of Art & Design.

Festschrift: A Celebration in Print will be opened by Roger Butler, Senior Curator Australian Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books, National Gallery of Australia.

This exhibition will showcase 25 works included in a print portfolio edition that celebrates the artist Patsy Payne in her role as Head of the ANU School of Art & Design Printmedia and Drawing workshop from 1998 – 2013.

Patsy taught hundreds of students who continue to practice as artists today, and are employed in the arts sector as teachers, academics, directors, curators and managers. As an insightful educator and artist, Patsy guided and influenced her students in many ways and continues to be both a mentor and friend  This portfolio has been created in the spirit of a Festschrift, a collection of writings published in honour of a scholar. Rather than essays, these prints will reflect the diversity of approaches to print and celebrate the generations of artists who have been taught by Patsy. As a collection of new work the portfolio demonstrates a wide range of approaches to print with a focus on a small selection of her former students. 

The portfolio also includes a contribution from Patsy, and John Pratt, her former colleague of many years. This portfolio highlights the strength and breadth of the School of Art & Design Alumni community created through its undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It also serves as an important record for future generations, celebrating the achievements of a well-respected academic and a leader in the field of printmaking and drawing.

Patsy Payne retired from her position in 2013, but she continues to work as an Emeritus Professor in the Printmedia & Drawing workshop. She exhibits regularly nationally and internationally and her work is held in public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian National Library and the Frans Masereel Centre Archive, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. Patsy studied archaeology at Sydney University before completing a Visual Arts degree at Sydney College of the Arts and later a Bachelor of Science at ANU. 

The exhibition catalogue is avlaible online here.

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