Posts in Exhibitions
Imprint: A Survey of the Print Council of Australia

Lovely to see our Print Council of Australia 2004 commission, A lament to the sleeping kingfisher, on display as part of Imprint: A Survey of the Print Council of Australia at Parliament House, Canberra, until the 12th of May, 2019.

This special exhibition featuring prints from the Print Council of Australia’s archival collection includes some of the first prints created by significant Australian artists, including the first Print Commissions, John Brack’s Untitled (Skaters), 1967, and Fred Williams’ Lysterfield, 1968, and the first Indigenous Australian Print Commission, Bush Figures by Ku Ku Imidji man Arone Raymond Meeks, along with works produced by PCA founders Grahame King and Udo Sellbach.

The Commission, which began in 1967, invites artists to submit a limited-edition print for consideration by the PCA and its members. This has resulted in an archive of more than 600 prints, illustrating the rich history of contemporary Australian printmaking.

Works of master printers and innovators including Noel Counihan, Barbara Hanrahan, David Rose, Ray Beattie, Bea Maddock, Earle Backen, Ruth Faerber, Hertha Kluge-Pott, Olga Sankey, Judy Watson, Janet Dawson, Mary MacQueen, Raymond Arnold, G.W. Bot, Yvonne Boag, James Taylor, John Coburn, Jenuarrie Warrie, Maria Kozic, Wilma Tabacco, Rick Amor, Treahna Hamm, Robert Jacks, Bruno Leti, John Olsen, Michael Kempson, Susan Pickering, Andrew Ngungarrayi Martin, Belinda Fox, Georgia Thorpe, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Gosia Wlodarczak, Rebecca Mayo, Janet Parker-Smith, Rona Green, Sophia Szilagyi, Glen Mackie, Tama Favell, Elizabeth Banfield, David Fairbairn, Graeme Drendel, Deanna Hitti, Sue Poggioli, Maria Orsto, Samuel Tupou, Pia Larsen, Deborah Klein, Cat Poliski, Heather Koowootha and Glenda Orr will also be on show, as will a diverse range of printing techniques representing styles from the late 1960s: from relief printing (carving into lino or wood where recessed areas don’t hold ink and transfer to paper ink-free) to intaglio (etching, engraving, aquatint, drypoint, mezzotint) and planographic (lithography and screen-printing) as well as digital printing.

While the exhibition is mostly Print Council of Australia works – fifty-eight works – the  remainder are from the Australian Parliament House Art Collection, including two new acquisitions, linocuts by artist Jenny Kitchener, recipient of the 2017 Print Council Commission.

The Print Council of Australia was established in Melbourne in 1966 by printmakers Udo Sellbach, Grahame King and curator Dr Ursula Hoff to promote the artform of printmaking. The 1940s-60s had seen the return to Australia of European-trained artists, sparking a resurgence in the importance of printmaking and its commercial viability.
(Print Council of Australia)

Lovely to see our Print Council of Australia 2004 commission,  A lament to the sleeping kingfisher,   hanging on the wall

Lovely to see our Print Council of Australia 2004 commission, A lament to the sleeping kingfisher, hanging on the wall

Open until the 28th of January!

Hoot! Hoot! Our exhibition, Ripples in the Open, was meant to close today at 5pm, however we are delighted to announce that it will be open for tomorrow’s public holiday, Monday the 28th of January, from 9am to 5pm.

Ripples in the Open
ArtSpace at Realm
Ringwood Town Square (opposite the Ringwood Railway Station)
179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood, 3134

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Ripples in the Open, 2018 (image credit: Andrew Curtis)

Focus on the Collection: Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison

Based in Melbourne, we work from home. And more often than not, we collaborate with each other. We rather fell into collaboration, many years ago now, and it is one based on harmony. To date, we have made 99 artists’ book titles and 127 zine titles.

We decided early on in our collaboration, through an organic process, not to polish the same skills. We naturally lent towards different things and now bring those different things together to make one work not possible without the other. Working this way, a third work is made that belongs to us both.

The two of us have been fans of the book for a long time now, and it is perhaps because no work is ever as you’d imagined or saw in your mind’s eye, that we keep working with books. Every step, every part of the process, every learning curve, holds us entranced. We love the challenge artists’ books present, the possibilities and history they hold, and the intimacy they can awaken in the reader. The flexible medium of the book holds us in its palm rather than us holding the book in our own palms. In the beginning, the medium of the artists' book seemed, to us, to be free of rules and regulations. It also presented many new things to consider, from page layout and sequence to typographical decisions, and such things we tossed in the air and arranged upon their landing. Working together has meant we were able to figure out the particulars through trial and error, and groundwork.

You can see an exhibition of our artists’ books at Artspace Mackay until the 3rd of February, 2019.

Focus on the Collection: Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Foyer Gallery
Artspace Mackay
Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street, Mackay, Queensland

The exhibition is drawn from the Mackay Regional Council collection, and it includes
Find your place, 2007
Small collection, 2008
Postcards from... a key to make your own world visible, 2009
A vagary of impediments & a sneak of weasels, 2009
Tumble & fall, 2009
This evening, however, I am thinking of things past, 2009
Closer to natural, 2016
Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds, 2016
Paw Pad Path, 2018

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Paw Pad Path, 2018, artists’ book

Dear you, dive in

Dear you,

You're invited to explore a collaged landscape comprised entirely from images scanned from borrowed library books, and studded with lenticular prints.

Cue: birdsong.

Ripples in the Open is a collage, 15 metres in length, commissioned for ArtSpace at Realm.

Ripples in the Open
Saturday 10th of November, 2018 – Sunday 27th of January, 2019
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
ArtSpace at Realm
Ringwood Town Square (opposite the Ringwood Railway Station)
179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood, 3134

Officially opening this Thursday the 15th of November, 6–8pm (including a talk, by us, somewhere in the wilderness).

Cue: distant roar.

Yours, wading,
Gracia and Louise

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Ripples in the Open, 2018

Ripples at Realm

You’re invited to our exhibition, Ripples in the Open, and we’d love to see you there.

Join us for the exciting exhibition opening of Ripples in the Open by Melbourne based artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison.

6pm to 8pm Thursday 15 November at ArtSpace Realm

To be opened by the Mayor of Maroondah City Council on Thursday 15 November at 6pm, to be followed with a talk by the artists about the process of imagining and creating their captivating works — from the intimate to the monumental.

Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison have been commissioned to create a huge collage for ArtSpace at Realm, presented as a floor-to-ceiling printed landscape featuring portholes of moving collage comprised of stunning lenticular prints of animals. 

This exhibition invites you to join the artists in an exploration of things hidden in plain sight and to be immersed in an imaginary and not-so imaginary world.

Exhibition Dates: 10 November 2018 to 27 January 2019

ArtSpace at Realm
Ringwood Town Square (opposite Ringwood Railway Station)
179 Maroondah Highway
Ringwood 3134
03 9298 455

Looped, into infinity

Our exhibition, Looped, loops into infinity. Hurrah!

Our stone cats and a netsuke mouse have been minding their Ps and Qs since August 2017, and we are delighted that our #GraciaLouiseLooped inhabitants, like those within A warmed pebble in my hand, are staying in the dome dais indefinitely.

Thank-you State Library Victoria.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, A warmed pebble in my hand, an artists’ book on display as part of Looped, in the La Trobe Reading Room of State Library of Victoria

Paw Pad Path on display

There is still time to see our artists' book, Paw Pad Path, on display as part of the 2018 Libris Awards: Australian Artists' Book Prize at Artspace Mackay. The exhibition, which opened on Saturday the 26th of May, runs until Sunday the 19th of August, 2018.

Artspace Mackay, Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street, Queensland

Artspace Mackay

The space between our understanding of the world and how a fox (in a painting) sees the world is vast, but this is what we were thinking, dreaming, scratching, sniffing, living as we worked on our most recent artists' book, Paw Pad Path (2018). It is of the earth as much as of the canvas and of history. And we are delighted that Paw Pad Path has been selected for the forthcoming 2018 Libris Awards: Australian Artists' Book Prize exhibition at Artspace Mackay.

2018 Libris Awards: Australian Artists' Book Prize
Artspace Mackay
Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street, Queensland
Saturday 26th May – Sunday 19th August, 2018

The Libris Awards is an initiative of Mackay Regional Council through Artspace Mackay. The awards seek to develop awareness of the council’s significant collection of artists' books, and to develop the collection further through the acquisition of new works by leading Australian artists working in the field.

Our artists’ book,  Paw Pad Path ,  is set to travel to Artspace Mackay  to be exhibited as part of the  2018 Libris Awards , and we are thrilled

Our artists’ book, Paw Pad Path, is set to travel to Artspace Mackay to be exhibited as part of the 2018 Libris Awards, and we are thrilled

A Whisker of Light

A Whisker of Light
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
3rd February – 29th April, 2018
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
230 High Street, Maitland, NSW

Our exhibition, A Whisker of Light, is open!

Until the 29th of April, 2018, head to Maitland Regional Art Gallery to see our artists' books, collages, and drawings. 

And as we're far away, we'd love to see your #AWhiskerofLight images.

Gracia Haby, Butchart's Garden held a surprise for the unsuspecting, 2012, postcard collage

World of the book

Happy to chance across three of our zines from 2010, A folded drawing of a Sulphur-crested cockatoo, Views in my pocket, and We are dreaming of the sea, on display at State Library Victoria as part of their permanent exhibition, World of the book.

To define a zine is to delve into the do-it-yourself culture of self-publishing and self-expression. The term ‘zine’ originated in the science-fiction ‘fanzines’ of the 1930s, and now encompasses any non-commercial, non-professional, short-run publication that seeks to be defined as a zine. They can be traded, sold, gifted or collected, while remaining ephemeral at the same time. The Library has over 15,000 zines, making it the largest public collection in Australia.

Assorted zines from multiple authors, from the library’s Rare Books Collection

Assorted zines from multiple authors, from the library’s Rare Books Collection

A framework of postcard collages

Recently landed: A framework of postcard collages, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia) takes a look at preparations for A Whisker of Light at Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW, in 2018

Mapped out on the floor, seventy columns of postcard collages, in preparation for a forthcoming exhibition of our work at Maitland Regional Gallery in the new year

Not my sky (exhibit A)

We have created Not my sky (exhibit A), 2017, especially for Rona Green's print exchange and exhibition, Imaginings.

Friday 1st – Tuesday 19th of December, 2017
7 Campbell Street, Collingwood

Emma ‘Ruby’ Armstrong-Porter, Janet Ayliffe, Susan Baran, Kylie Blackley, Helen Blue, Loris Button, Elaine Camlin, Laura Castell, Jenny Clapson, Elizabeth Cole, Paul Compton, Rachel Derum, Sue Ernst, Ian ‘Spike’ Farrawell, Philip Faulks, Kevin Foley, Sue Fraser, Rona Green (curator), Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Gregory Harrison, Carolyn Hawkins, Bill Hay, Kate Hudson, Kyoko Imazu, Jet James, Deborah Klein, Jo Lankester, Suzie Lockery, Cassie May, John McClumpha, Aaron McLoughlin, Lorelei Medcalf, Glenn Morgan, Karen Neal, Belinda ‘Billy’ Nye, Sharron Okines, Diana Orinda Burns, Glenda Orr, Travis Paterson, Jim Pavlidis, Sue Poggioli, Jocelyn Rawlins, Bronwyn Rees, Trudy Rice, David Rosengrave, John Ryrie, Jill Sampson, Gwen Scott, Benjamin Sexton, Heather Shimmen, Glen Smith, Sandra Starkey Simon, Mrs Stamp, Maggie Stein, Rachel Suarez, Sophia Szilagyi, Scott Trevelyan, Lee Ward, Peter Ward, Justin Watson, Andrew Weatherill, Lynette Weir, Joel Wolter, Christine Wrest Smith

Curated by Rona Green

Launching this Saturday 2nd December from 2pm. See you there.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Not my sky (exhibit A), 2017, inkjet print

Extended exhibition dates

We are delighted that our exhibition, Looped, has been invited to stay on display in the library until August, 2018!

Looped was initially set to fold away today, the 26th of November, 2017.

Presented in partnership with State Library Victoria
Now until August, 2018
La Trobe Reading Room, State Library Victoria
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne


Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Looped, State Library Victoria, 2017