The Collections Project

Jake Holmes

Writing the climate

Flinders University Art Museum
7 October – 13 November, 2019


Thursday 10 October, 2019
3 – 4pm | Artist Talk in conversation with curator Madeline Reece
4-5pm | Exhibition launch


South Australian artist Jake Holmes works across a variety of mediums, including screen printing, mural painting, illustration, audio and collage. Holmes interrogates contemporary social and political issues, and documents place through his creative practice

He is well-known as the printmaker behind the rainbow ‘C’mon Aussie C’mon’ Australia-wide poster campaign. In collaboration with street artist Peter Drew, these posters transformed the iconic cricket anthem into a powerful image calling for Australian marriage equality. In collaboration with artist Elizabeth Close, this campaign transformed into a poster series supporting the ‘Change the date‘ movement.

In response to Flinders University Art Museum’s extensive Australian Political Poster collection – one of the most diverse in the country – Holmes aims to re-contextualise 1980s environmentalism for our current time. For The Collections Project, he will create new works that give voice to the emotional, nihilistic anxiety felt by today’s youth towards their uncertain futures.

The Collections Project is a collaboration between Guildhouse and Flinders University Art Museum that provides artists with the opportunity to engage with the Museum’s collections and staff to create new work for exhibition. Guildhouse is the leading South Australian organisation supporting and creating connections for South Australian creative practitioners.



Image: Jake Holmes, Writing the climate (A), (B) & (C), 2019, screenprint, colour inks on paper, 51 x 36 cm, © the artist. Photograph Flinders University Art Museum.