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Graduating with a Masters of Contemporary Art from Victoria College of Arts, Melbourne University in 2018, Janno has spent most of her time prior, living between New York and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Janno’s artworks seek to sow hope, bravery, love, optimism, 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. Janno deploys paint, thread and richly associative metaphors to portray 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 and need for safe spaces.




2017-18 Masters of Contemporary Art, Victoria College of Arts, Melbourne University.

1991-94 Bachelor of Fine Arts, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.


1984-86 Diploma in Outdoor Education, Bendigo College of Advanced Education, Adventure Leadership, Bendigo, Victoria. Included bush skills study with the Yanuwa people, Borroloola, NT.


1981-84 Registered Nurse, University of New South Wales, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia



Solo Exhibitions- selected

2021 Making Nonsense, Forty-five Downstairs Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

2018 Vitrine -Cocoons, (7m Vitrine) Guild, Creative Spaces, Southbank.

2015 Look up –Brave up, Forty-five Downstairs, Melbourne, Australia.

2015 Bullshit, Cock and Bull, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2014 Who Moved My Elephant, Queen Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2012 Querido Alfredo, MARS Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

2010 Walk the Walk, Forty-five Downstairs, Melbourne, Australia.

2009 A Patch of Grass, Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda, Australia.

2006 Llama Series, Cat Ballou, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2005 It’s about a boy, Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda, Australia.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 National Gallery of Victoria, ART of Dining, Best of the best -represented VCA.

2019 Buxton Contemporary, 2 x Lanterns (Bauhaus Now).

2018 Masters Exhibition, Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne University.

2018 Beyond Borders, VCA booth, Piki Mai, Auckland International Art Fair, The Cloud, New Zealand.

2018 From Where I Stand, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University.

2017 45 at 45 Forty-five Downstairs, Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

2016 Spectrum Miami (November 30 - December 4, 2016) during Art Basel Miami, Artifact Gallery NYC

2016 Lethbridge Gallery 10,000, finalist, Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (June).

2015 GAA Miami Art Expo, Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery, Bayshore Drive Miami, USA, (June 2015).

2015 Lethbridge Gallery 10,000, finalist, Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (June).

2014 Lethbridge Gallery 10,000, finalist, Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (June).

2013 On a Wing and a Prayer, MARS Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

2012 Small Room with Animals and Humans curated by Dr. Domenico de Clario and presented by The Centre For Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, MARS Gallery, and Melbourne, Australia.

2008 Arte Ayuda, San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2008 Third Regional Meeting of Muralists Quilmes

2008,Town square,Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina/mural.


Selected Bibliography

/ Press


2016 ART UpCLOSE: A Survey of Contemporary Art-2016 world edition, (Janno-artist-4 page spread) Hardback

2015 ‘Creativity’ -Vanguard Visionaries hardback, available Artplatform New York and Barnes and Noble, USA ( Janno-artist 6 page spread Hardback

2012 Querido Alfredo by Janno McLaughlin, Hardback, artists limited edition.

2011 Essay ‘Florencia’ in the book ‘Mujeres’, Argentina. Hardback, Charity project.

2010 Walk the Walk, by Janno McLaughlin and Hanneke Vaanhold, Hardback. Artists limited edition.

2010 Essay ‘Fernando’ in the book ‘Through the eyes of 25 women from 10 countries', Argentina, Charity project.

2009 A Patch of Grass, a whimsical tale by Janno McLaughlin and Hanneke Vaanhold.hardback, Artists limited edition.


2021 Art Edit, issue #27, Studio visit and Art Edit,  

issue #29, Artist profile.

2018 Vault, Australasian Art and Culture, Issue 22, Piki May: Up Here by Sammy Preston, pg 932018 Art Collector, issue 84, A glimpse of the White Whale, by Taj Mitsuji, pg. 60.

2016 Art Edit Sept-Dec issue, feature- ‘Artist to watch’ by Editor Kerrie Lena.

2015 Art Edit feature ‘Looking Up’ by Camilla Wagstaff, issues no 7, Jul-Sept.

2014 Art Edit feature article by Helen McKenzie ‘Crying out with Colours’ issue 03, July-Sept

2014 Country Living, NSW July-August feature article by Katrina Partridge.


Television Documentary

2012 ABC 730 report, An Australian in Argentina – by Cheryl Hall. (short documentary on Jannos’ work in the slums of BA and exhibition at MARS gallery Querido Alfredo).



2016-14 Art Edit online weekly (Images selected weekly).

2015 Art platform New York online, featured artist monthly for one year.

2015 Digital edition of ‘Look up- Brave up’ essays, thoughts and images for the exhibition ‘Look Up –Brave Up’.

2015 GAA Miami Art Expo, 2015- feature in Art exhibition catalogue, social media.

2014 Digital version of ‘Who Moved my Elephant’.

2014 Art Edit 02 April-July Gallery section and online Art Edit 2014.

2012 Australian Art Collector online- Artist Interview: Jannette McLaughlin (Janno),


Magazines and Newspapers in Argentina

2011 Coleccionables-feature Living Magazine, Number 24.

2010 Entrecasa Magazine -Article on Janno’s work and life, July.

2009 Perfil -El Arte de Vivir’, 9 May. (newspaper)

2007 Sophia Magazine -Uno está en la vida para dejar una huella’, May.

2007 Buenos Aires Herald- Inside Villa 21 & 24 – Grassroots’, Jeanette Newman, 4 March. (newspaper)

2007 La Nación -Extranjeros que vienen para ayudar, una costumbre que se afirma’, 20 January.(newspaper)

2007 DFATNEWS- Australian artists bring some colour to disadvantaged communities in Argentina, Vol 14, No. 3.


2019. Represented VCA at NGV Art of Dining.

2019- Best of the Best, hand-sewn and painted table installation-Cleopatra.

2019. Artwork student tote bag, Victoria College of the ARTS, 2019.

2018 Victorian College of the Arts Access, mentorship recipient,(Mentor Sally Smart).

2016 Regional Arts in collaboration with the Upper Hunter Youth Council for a C.A.S.P. grant to run workshops and create murals for the youth of Scone and Upper Hunter District.

2011 Work declared “de interés cultural para la Ciudad de Buenos Aires” of cultural interest in the city of Buenos Aires, under the auspices of the City Ministry of Culture.

2007 Artist in Residence, Australian Embassy, Buenos Aires, Argentina, summer 2007/8.

2007 Australia Day Award, Australian Embassy, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Social Projects, Australia

2014 One Term Art project and resulting auction for Scone Pre School, NSW, Australia.


Social Projects, Argentina

2006 At the instigation of the Australian Embassy, Janno started a ‘grass roots’ community arts project in the slums of Buenos Aires that involved painting houses and street murals that continued until 2013

2011 Riachuelo: Arte y Ambiente, un Nuevo Paisaje (Riachuelo: Art and Environment, a new landscape), Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Murals).

2009 Sonrisa Project, Todos Juntos, Argentina. (Murals).

2008 Casita de los Colores, Womens’ refuge, Moreno, Argentina. (Murals).

2007 Sonrisa Project, Todos Juntos, Argentina.

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