Jan Mitchell

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Jan Mitchell
Melbourne, Australia
Died17 March 2008
Geelong Australia
Known forbook illustration, printmaking, painting, sculpture

Jan Mitchell (1940 – 17 March 2008) was an Australian artist, born in Melbourne, known for her painted bollards and work as a television graphic artist.

She spent her formative childhood years near Healesville, Victoria, before working in Ireland for 18 years, in the graphics department at RTÉ (Irish National television). Her pioneering work in Ireland included designing and creating the country's first pre-school television show, named after its red-haired central character Bosco.[1]

She returned to Australia in 1986 after 20 years in England and Ireland, and settled in Geelong in 1990,[2] turning to book illustration, painting and printmaking. She created her first bollard art in Barwon Heads as part of an artist-in-schools program. She took the concept of the Baywalk Bollards to Geelong city commissioners in 1994, and by 1999 there were over 100 brightly painted bollards, made out of recovered wharf pylons, scattered along the foreshore, depicting notable characters relating to Geelong's history and culture.[3] Her bollards can also be seen at Melbourne Airport and Avalon Airport.

Mitchell died of cancer on St Patrick's Day 2008, in Geelong. At her request, her ashes were scattered beside the lake at Glendalough, Ireland.[1]

Jan Mitchell Memorial Art Prize[edit]

The Zonta Club of Geelong Inc. celebrates International Women's Day with an art exhibition titled "Women - a Celebration", presented by artists of the Geelong region using a range of different media. The first prize is the Jan Mitchell Memorial Art Award.[4]

In 2000 Mitchell received an Order of Australia medal for her contribution to Geelong's waterfront transformation.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Jan Mitchell's Ashes To Come To Glendalough". superannrte.ie. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  2. ^ Milovanovic, Selma. "Artist to take place among bollards by the bay". Sydney Morning Herald (2009-01–02). Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  3. ^ "Jan Mitchell's Waterfront Bollards". intown.com.au. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  4. ^ "Zonta Club of Geelong Inc. hosts 6th Annual International Women's Day Art Exhibition". Zonta Club of Geelong. Zonta International. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  5. ^ www.itsanhonour.gov.au

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