Friday, September 23, 2011

Children's Book people are a creative bunch!

This is one of the reasons we love working in the Childrens' Book world ...

Erica Wagner, currently one of the Children's Publishers at Allen & Unwin, opens her first solo painting exhibition Dark Horse on Saturday Sept 24 at Cambridge Studio Gallery
 in Collingwood ...

From Sept 28 to Oct 2 sees the first ever production of an exciting new theatre company 'Jump Leads' whose founding members include Ros Price, former Children's Publisher at Allen & Unwin and Liz Honey well known children's book author and Illustrator.

Still awake still is on art the Victorian Arts Centre

Friday, September 16, 2011

Shaun Tan's "The Lost Thing – book to film" exhibition at the Australian Academy of Design

This exhibition, curated by Books Illustrated, showcases original artwork by Shaun Tan from his book The Lost Thing as well as representing a ten-year period of creative development for the animated film,The Lost Thing, based on his acclaimed picture book of the same name. Included are conceptual drawings and paintings by Shaun, who was both artist and director for the film.
Dates: 14 – 30 September
Venue: The Academy of design
220 Ingles Street Port Melbourne
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Group bookings welcome – contact
Ann Haddon at
Don't miss a special talk by Shaun as part of this exhibition -
Date: Wednesday 21 September
Time: 4.00pm-5.30pm
Books and DVDs will be available for sale.

Also at Port Fairy
A replica /print version of this exhibition will also be showing in Port Fairy, Victoria.
Venue: Blarney Books and Art, 37 James Street, Port Fairy, Vic. PH: 03 5568 2174.
Date: 3rd September to 31st October.
Hours: Thursday to Sunday 11am to 4pm. Open every day during the school holidays.
Customs House Gallery can be contacted on
PH: 0448 348974 or

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


We've been busy preparing for several exhibitions. One we are really excited to be involved in is ART FOR COUNTRY, which is an art sale and auction in aid of The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. 

As we've been involved in some programs with indigenous communities over the last few years, we know that the work of ILF is valuable that supporting this event is a way of being able to do something about an issue we feel passionate about.

The art is wonderful -There are giclee prints of beautiful pictures made by children in remote communities during workshops with Alison Lester and Liz Honey, Ros Price, Jess and Ann. There are other works by professional indigenous artists too, donated from all over.
Illustrator and painter, Pat Torres from Broome has donated three of her very strong works including an illustration from the classic picture book written by Daisy Utemorrah, Do Not Go Round the Edges.

         There is an event on the evening of Friday Sept 9 in melbourne at the Wheeler Centre
          It should be a great night - with good food, wine and company 
         If you can make it you need to book ASAP - $25 entry
If you can't make it to the event, the catalogue of works is on the ILF website - and plenty are for sale there -  not part of the auction - including the kid's paintings! 
                                          Timber Creek (NT) student working on scratch back picture 2010