The Path

I arise today, through the strength of heaven.

I arise today, through the strength of heaven.

Working as an Artist I have been aware of an experience of mutuality that exists within the relationship I have with art.   Within the context of this relationship, I have learned that art is much more than a resource to be mastered or manipulated in the communication of an idea.  In fact the important thing is not what I can do with art, but what art can do with me.   When I am open and alive to these possibilities, art becomes a path on which I can travel. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Libby Byrne

Let it go. Let it out.
Let it all unravel.
Let it free and it can be
A path on which to travel.
(Michael Leunig).

As an Artist:

Libby is a skilled and innovative artist who enters into the creative process as a means of exploring questions of meaning and existence.  Her images are internal landscapes that map and record the landscape of the inner journey.  Libby’s work is a meditation on that which is shared in the human experience and offers the viewer an opportunity to ‘know’ and ‘be known’ on the journey to wholeness.

As an Art Therapist:

Over the past decade Libby has worked as an art therapist in the public health sector in Melbourne, with a particular focus in Palliative Care.  Libby has specialized in assisting people to use art as a means of honouring and reflecting on significant life experiences as well as creating opportunities to develop meaningful and personal ritual in and around the experience of death. Libby now works as an Associate Lecturer, teaching in the Art Therapy Programs at La Trobe University.

As a Theologian:

Libby has recently completed a PhD with the University of Divinity, developing and trialling an art-based method of theological inquiry method. This work is a visual exploration of  ‘Healing Art and the Art of Healing’.  Over the past ten years, Libby has been engaged to develop liturgical images that feed the spiritual health of congregations and communities.  These images challenge and engage people with questions of ultimate concern.  Libby has engaged ‘art in ministry’ with:

  • Box Hill Baptist Church.
  • Brunswick Uniting Church.
  • Centre for Theology and Ministry, Parkville.
  • Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill.
  • Hartwell Church of Christ.
  • St John’s Anglican Church, Diamond Creek.
  • St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Belmont.
  • All Saints Anglican Church, Greensborough.

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In 2016 Libby’s work was recognised as Highly Commended in the prestigious Mandorla Art Award.

This work is now being featured in an exhibition sponsored by the University of Divinity at Tacit Contemporary Art in Abbotsford. Opening on Wednesday 9th November at 6.30pm, the exhibition is titled, ‘An Ordinary Gift’.  The work in this exhibition is the result of engaging with art as a spiritual discipline in response to the invitation offered by the Mandorla to consider the theme, ‘Resurrection’.  The ordinary gift of time and attention that was the focus of making the work is now being offered within the gallery as viewers are invited to take the time to be with and see this artwork.  As well as opening night there is an opportunity to gather on Wed 23rd November to talk about the work in light of the different stages of making, being with and seeing art.



2016     Doctor of Philosophy University of Divinity
2010     Graduate Diploma of Theology Melbourne College of Divinity
2003     Master of Art Therapy La Trobe University
2002     Diploma of Visual Arts N.M.I.T.
1989     Bachelor of Education Deakin University
1987     Bachelor of Arts Deakin University
Solo Exhibitions:
2016    Tacit Contemporary Art, Abbotsford ‘An Ordinary Gift’’
2015    Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill ‘Everything is Breath’’
2014    Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill ‘Untitled’’
2013    Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill ‘Departure’’
2011     Kinross House, Toorak ‘Vision over Visibility’
2010    Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill ‘Exploring the Watery Shores’
2008    Montsalvat, Eltham ‘In the Beginning’
2006    Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill ‘Resolve’
2005    Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill ‘Deep Cries Out to Deep’
2005    Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill ‘Infusing Hope’
2004    Wellspring Centre, Ashburton ‘Please God…Where is my mother?’
2002    Q’dos Gallery, Lorne ‘Stretching Beyond Reason’
1999     Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy ‘Throwing Open the Doors’
1998    Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy ‘Compelling Depths’

Group Exhibitions:

  • Linton & Kay Galleries Perth, Mandorla Art Prize (Finalist)
  • Kinross House Toorak, Art for Wellbeing
  • St John’s Anglican Church Diamond Creek, Breath
  • CTM Parkville, ‘Conceal Reveal’
  • Chapel on Station Gallery Box Hill, ‘From Darkness into Light’
  • Blake Prize: Director’s Cut Exhibition.
  • Chapel on Station Gallery.    ‘Voice for the Voiceless’ 
  • Parliament House,Canberra.   ‘Voice for the Voiceless’ 
  • Chapel on Station Gallery.   ‘Just Outside the Comfort Zone’ 
  • Augustine Centre, Hawthorn.  ‘One People, Many Faiths’.
  • Montsalvat, Eltham. ‘Fruition’
  • Centre for Theology and Ministry, Parkville.  ‘Incarnations’.
  • Chapel on Station Gallery, ‘Hotel Earth’ 
  • Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill.
  • Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill.
  • Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill.
  • Manningham Gallery  “The Art of Wellbeing” 
  • Artholes, Gertrude St, Fitzroy.
  • Artholes, Gertrude St, Fitzroy.
  •  Bright Space, St Kilda.
  •  St John’s Southbank.  Advent Exhibition.
  • Treasury Exhibition  ‘Open your eyes and your imagination.’
  • Poly Courtin Gallery Melbourne
  • Eltham Library
  • Montsalvat, Eltham. ‘Fruition’
  • N.M.I.T.  Preston and Greensborough.
  • Fitzroy Gallery.
  • Linden Postcard Exhibition.


Recent Publications / Presentations:


  • Arts & Christianity Enquiry (ACE) International Conference, Dublin. Practice-led Theological Inquiry: The studio as a site for theology in the making. 
  • ‘Grounded in the Sacred’, Colloquium:The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review, Vol 48, No.2.
  • ‘Resurrection: A Daily Navigation’, The Australian Journal of Liturgy, Vol.15, No.1.
  • ‘The Art of Exclusion and Embrace’, Journal of Disability and Religion, Vol. 20, No.4.


  • Grounding the Sacred through Literature and the Arts, ACU Sydney.  Grounded in the Sacred.


  • Babble-On:  A presentation reflecting on the ‘Blake Prize’ and Spiritual Formation through Arts  Practice
  • Arts and Health Conference Presentation. Person Centred Art Making – An Intervention for Minimising the Impact of Depression and Dementia 
  • The Witness:  Special Feature Eater edition. “What if this gets worse?”  
  • Byrne, E. Exploring the role of the prophet and the nature of prophecy: An artist enters the conversation. Reo: Journal of Theology and Ministry, Churches of Christ
  • Image: Christ and Art in Asia: Issue 115. ‘Images of Liberation’.
  • Gesher. Vol.3 No.5 Sept, 2008 ‘Then God Expands’