From Australia: 20 Graphic Positions

National Exhibition Register

  • The Australian Ugliness
    Eugenia Lim The Australian Ugliness, 2018
    3 channel high definition video, colour, sound, carpet, steel, ply, MDF, fleece, inflatable bean bags
    33.58 minutes
    Image Credit
    Image courtesy of the artist © the artist

About the exhibition

From Australia: 20 Graphic Positions, 45 Workshops, 112 Voices is a print portfolio and community-engaged printmaking project commissioned and produced by Trent Walter, artist and director of Melbourne-based publisher Negative Press. The project responds to ‘Aus Australien’, a print portfolio published in 1988 by Rene Block, the German coordinator of the 1984 and 1986 Biennales of Sydney. Literally translated as ‘From Australia’, Block’s portfolio of eight artists coincided with the Bicentennial and has become a celebrated time capsule of Australian art.

Approaching 2020 and the 250th Anniversary of the Pacific voyages of Captain James Cook, Walter believes it is essential to revisit what ‘from Australia’ looks like now. Recently there has been a much needed re-evaluation of Australian history and the legacies of colonialism, and the ways this can be addressed through artwork. From Australia builds from and extends this trajectory by creating a time capsule of Australian identity that expands significantly beyond Block’s eight artists’ perspectives. To generate the content for the exhibition, Walter is drawing together the principal attributes of his collaborative print practice: working with individual artists and artists collectives; and running community-based printmaking workshops with diverse and marginalised communities.

Interwoven through the gallery space the elements of From Australia: 20 Graphic Positions, 45 Workshops, 112 Voices aims to spark conversation and engagement with notions of Australian identity and nationhood at this critical juncture in our nations’ history.

Artists and Curator

Trent Walter

The project consists of three elements/themes. 20 Graphic Positions is a commissioned portfolio of 20 printed artworks using intaglio, stencil, planographic and relief printing techniques. Confirmed artists for the portfolio include Brook Andrew, Simryn Gill, Maree Clarke, Eugenia Lim and Fayen d’Evie.

45 Workshops is a series of community-based workshops that engage with community groups and the public in locations across Australia. The workshops ask participants to engage in a series of drawing and printmaking exercises that operate as a provocation for conversation, debate and reflection on Australian identity, values and culture. Workshops are being held in partnership with arts and community organisations including University of Tasmania, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Mimili Maku Arts, Artspace Sydney and Arts Projects Australia.

112 Voices is a series of video-recorded oral histories presented as a series of HD videos that delivers aural responses to the projects’ aims and includes interviews with project artists, participants in the community workshops and related community members alongside members of the public.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/05/2021 onwards
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
La Trobe Regional Gallery
$5,000 (inc. freight)
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Public Workshops, Signage
Primary contact
Jessica Row
Exhibitions Coordinator
NETS Victoria
+61 3 8620 2008