JahRoc Collaborations Book Release

Jahroc Collaborations Book Cover

Join us at JahRoc Galleries for an exciting night celebrating the release of our first published book “JahRoc Collaborations”

Come along and enjoy a glass of wine and to listen to a poem recital by renown Australian landscape poet/novelist John Kinsella.

Saturday night 27th June  |  6-8pm

All welcome to attend and enjoy a glass of Swings and Roundabout Wine and nibbles…and live music by local musician Graeme Dickinson.


A hard cover coffee table book of Five Collaborative Exhibitions between JahRoc Furniture, and celebrated artists including visual artists Shaun Atkinson and Larry Mitchell, poet/novelist John Kinsella, the late architectural designer Ian Bailey, the late designer Leslie John Wright, and surfboard designer/shaper Jim Banks.

Spanning a period of 10 years, these 5 collaborations have created a fertile period for JahRoc Furniture design wise, which is celebrated in this 154 page book showing images of furniture and art from each collection, artist descriptions and statements, and poetic words.

The collaborative projects have taken inspiration from areas such as Gnarabup, Abrolhos Islands, West Kimberley, Margaret River Region, resulting in a deep exploration of these Western Australian landscapes bringing about a sense of place in this magnificence we call home.

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Words by Gary Bennett…

There is a massive amount of power and growth that comes from collaborating. When 2 or 3 or more individuals combine their energy and creative strengths there is a much stronger force behind an idea and the outcome is so much more powerful than what they would have come up with on their own. It creates an effect of 1 + 1 = 3

Gary Bennett

This book marks a decade of 5 very successful collaborative exhibitions, but there is more work to come, more places to explore, and many more designs to be created and made.

Gary Bennett

JOHN KINSELLA – Poet/Novelist/Publisher/Critic/Journal Editor

John Kinsella is an internationally recognised poet who is strongly influenced by the Western Australian landscape and ecology and a sense of place in it.

Born in Perth 1963, he began writing poetry as a child and after study and travel published his first collection of poems at age 26. John Kinsella has now published over 30 collections of poetry and has won many writers grants and awards including Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards (3 times), Grace Leven Prize for Poetry, the John Bray Award for Poetry and the 2008 Christopher Brennan Award.

John Kinsella has been a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University England since 1998, and was appointed the Richard L Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College in Ohio USA in 2001, and Adjunct Professor to Edith Cowan University in Western Australia where he is a Principle of the Landscape and Language Centre. John Kinsella also serves as international editor of the American journal ThKenyon Review, editor of the international journal Salt, along with other well known literary journals.

In his “Alternative Biography,” John Kinsella describes himself as “a vegan anarchist pacifist of 16 years, a supporter of worldwide indigenous rights, and an absolute supporter of land rights.”

He has frequently worked in collaboration with other writers, artists and musicians.

Listen to John Kinsella recite a poem…..

John Kinsella collaborated together with JahRoc Furniture (Gary Bennett and David Paris) and visual artist Shaun Atkinson in an exhibition called “Silhouettes” in 2004.

Inspired by the Gnarabup sea and landscape John Kinsella wrote “Wave Motion Light Fixed and Finished” which is documented in the Silhouettes’ collection in this new book.

To help celebrate the “JahRoc Collaborations” Book Launch John Kinsella will recite this incredible poem in his almost rap like energetic delivery.

Simply not to be missed.

Saturday 27th June. Put it in your diary now


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