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2007/56/3 Posters (2), 'After the confetti, what?', screenprint on paper, designed by Jan MacKay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1977-1978. Click to enlarge.

Poster, ‘After the confetti, what?’, designed by Jan McKay

Poster art has evolved significantly from the early posters first produced in Australia in the early 19th century that only featured text, to the posters in the Di Holdway Collection that are characterised by bold designs and effective use of photographic and graphic screen-print techniques.

This particular poster is from the Di Holdway Collection, an important poster archive that shows the emerging political voice of Australia's youth culture through poster art; a collection that shows how posters were used as a political tool during the 1970s and 1980s to actively communicate information to a mass audience. The poster reveals how the decorative style has effectively been engaged to highlight social issues and reflect the emerging politicisation of a generation. This use of posters for social and political intent, helped politicise a generation - by illustrating that art could make political comment and influence social action.

The resurgence of printmaking in Australia in the 1970s emerged as a consequence of Gough Whitlam's Labor government abolishing tertiary education fees and introducing Advanced Colleges of Education. This resulted in more opportunities for artists in training from different socio-economic backgrounds, bringing a different perspective to art. Included in the collection are posters by renowned Australian print makers Jan Mackay (designer of this work), Chips Mackinolty, Michael Callaghan, Marie McMahon and Indigenous-designed posters. Posters from innovative print workshops, Earthworks Poster Collective and Redback Graphix are also included. Many of the posters are rare and now viewed as highly collectable.

Wendy Circosta, Volunteer with Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Curator (updated 2018)


Object No.


Object Statement

Posters (2), 'After the confetti, what?', screenprint on paper, designed by Jan MacKay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1977-1978

Physical Description

Two identical posters featuring images of two small bride and groom figures on a cake, a man and woman and several wedding rings on a mauve ground, with the slogan 'After the / confetti, / what?? / No offence meant, I'm sure'.


No marks.



760 mm


510 mm




The poster was designed by Jan MacKay between 1977 and 1978. Lynette Finch helped print the poster. A second, similar design was printed in Queensland around 1979-80 with different text.

See also 2007/56/17.



These posters are from the Di Holdway collection of posters accumulated over 20 years in Sydney, Alice Springs and Darwin and largely focuses on the work of print makers who first worked with the Earthworks Poster Collective at the Tin Sheds, University of Sydney. Di's involvement with the Tin Sheds began in 1974 when she was working at the Students Representative Council--initially as a secretary and later as its CEO.

Dianne Margaret Holdway (died 2001) was close to a number of 'Earthworkers', and during 1974-76, volunteered as a printer and 'racker'.

After finishing work at the Students Representative Council, Di worked at the South Sydney Women's Centre and worked closely with the Sydney University Settlement, both located in Chippendale.

In the 1980s, Di worked for Aboriginal organisations in the Northern Territory. Throughout this period, Di kept in touch in particular with Michael Callaghan of Redback Graphix, originally from Earthworks Poster Collective, who was at that stage commissioned to produce posters for a number of Central Australian Aboriginal organisations.

The posters in the Di Holdway Collection reflect their times, of course, but also represent Di's wide political and social interests over a period of two decades from the 1970s to 1990s. They very much represent her friends and work mates from the period.

Some of the posters are represented in public collections such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia.

(Extract from notes provided by Chips Mackinolty, Darwin, September 2005)


Credit Line

Gift of Alberto and Demetrio Alati, 2007

Acquisition Date

21 May 2007

Cite this Object


Poster, 'After the confetti, what?', designed by Jan McKay 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 October 2020, <>


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