Australian born, artist Janno Mclaughlin lived between Buenos Aires and New York until 2013, and now resides in Australia.

Janno’s artworks are quirky and eclectic, intended to sew hope, bravery, resilience, and whimsy, anchored by a deliberately ridiculous and unwavering sense of humour. Her approach is unapologetically bold with a preference for blazing colour and mixed media. Deploying paint, dance, installation, thread, and richly associative metaphors she portrays the most vulnerable, fragile, and endangered in society. In her ten solo exhibitions, Janno has explored the theme of outsider; the foreigner living in a non-English speaking world; the disenfranchised urban poor; and closer to home and as the mother of a child with autism, the isolation of disability. Her paintings and large-scale installations are a call to arms to provide safe spaces for our vulnerable and our planet from extinction.

Janno holds a Masters of Contemporary art 2018, (Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University), Ba Fine Art (RMIT), Dip Outdoor education (BCAE), RN (UNSW- Prince of Wales/Henry)

*Janno is currently immersed in creating a ‘Sunflower quilt for Ukraine’ global community art project/installation, in collaboration with a Ukraine charity for young artists, and recently returned from London showing 200 m of the installation outside in Hyde Park, Tate modern, Albert Hall, Sussex, Sloane St, Millennium bridge, overlooking St Pauls Cathedral  and no 10 Downing St.

The Sunflower quilt is now in Ukraine, awaiting exhibition.


We’re so keen to hear about Janno’s experience in the quilt for Ukraine as part of Sunday’s ‘Me, My Community and a Stroke of Luck’