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Leonie LANE

Australia born 1955

designer

PAUL COCKRAM

Australia born 1951

film planner

REDBACK GRAPHIX

Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia commenced 1979 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1994

design studio (organisation)

REDBACK GRAPHIX

Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia commenced 1979 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1994

print workshop (organisation)

YOUTH ACCOMODATION ASSOCIATION

active c.1989 Died

client (organisation)

Board game: Get housed 1989 Place made: 2a Young Street, Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, posters, cardboard; ink screenprint, printed in colour inks, from five stencils Support: white cardboard
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued

Dimensions: box (closed) 50.2 h x 30.0 w x 4.2 d cm Board 57.8 h x 49.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Leonie Lane, 2008.
Accession No: NGA 2008.628
Image rights: © Redback Graphix
Provenance:
  • Gift to the National Gallery of Australia, from Leonie Lane, June 2008.

For fifteen years, the design and screenprinting studio Redback Graphix (1979–1994) used the power of the printed image to educate and inspire. From their first studio in suburban Wollongong to custom-built premises in Sydney, Redback Graphix designed and printed posters that combined witty graphics with eye-watering colours. These works gave voice to a raft of pressing social issues – from AIDS awareness, alcohol abuse and human rights to the promotion of local film screenings and benefit gigs.

The posters produced during this dynamic period were originally exhibited in public spaces where the community could easily access them. They could be found plastered onto street hoardings, taped around telegraph poles, pinned up in waiting rooms and blue-tacked onto living room walls. The workshop also produced other printed ephemera to continue their social message, including stickers, cassette covers, wrapping paper and the board game Get housed 1989. The latter was produced for the Youth Accommodation Association of NSW, and highlights the dry humour, vivid colours and technical skill that embody the energy and vision of Redback Graphix.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra