Image by J. Langer.

Image by J. Langer.

Celebrating a life's work


An exhibition at the School of Art showcases the work of ANU alumni.

Patsy Payne taught hundreds of students at the ANU School of Art and Design. They continue to practise as artists and are employed in the arts sector as teachers, academics, directors, curators and managers.

As an insightful educator and artist, she guided and influenced her students in many ways and continues to be both a mentor and friend.

Payne was Head of the ANU School of Art and Design Printmedia and Drawing Workshop from 1998 to 2013.

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.

She 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.

Festschrift: A Celebration in Print showcases 25 works from a print portfolio that celebrates the artist Patsy Payne, BSc ’04 (Resource and Environmental Management).

This portfolio was created in the spirit of a Festschrift, a collection of writings published in honour of a scholar.

Rather than essays, the prints reflect the diversity of approaches to print and celebrate the generations of artists who have been taught by Payne.

The collection includes a contribution from Payne as well as John Pratt, her former colleague of many years. The collection highlights the strength and breadth of the ANU School of Art and 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.

The Festschrift project was led by Dr Erica Seccombe, Lecturer (Foundation Studies) and Convener Postgraduate Coursework Studies at the School, and was opened by Roger Butler, Senior Curator of Australian Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia.

View the exhibition catalogue.