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Look! The Art of Australian Picture Books Today

30 Jun 2012 - 5 Aug 2012

Look! celebrates the art of picture books and includes original work by over 40 Australian illustrators.

Created by the State Library of Victoria, Look! included 112 artworks by leading Australian illustrators including Shaun Tan, Graeme Base, Bob Graham, Gregory Rogers, Ann James, Leigh Hobbs, Ron Brooks and Frané Lessac.

The exhibition featured sketches, drafts, mock-ups, finished artwork and publications as well as multimedia presentations which demonstrated the various stages of developing contemporary Australian picture books. Curator Mike Shuttleworth said "Here are works from Australia’s finest children’s book illustrators. The exquisite images tell many stories, some beautiful, some hilarious, some difficult. They help children to understand their world. They give imaginations fuel to dream." 

The exhibition was supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.


Image: Elizabeth Honey, illustration from I'm Still Awake, Still, music by Sue Johnson, Allen & Unwin, 2008, gouache on paper, courtesy of the artist.

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