Behind-The-Scenes Tour: Peter Williams collection Highlights

Friday 21 February 2020 01:00PM to 02:00PM

With illustrations dating from 1970 to the present, the State Library’s Dr. Peter Williams collection showcases the artistry and diversity of outstanding Australian picture books. This tour will take participants behind the scenes to explore highlights of the collection including illustrations, sculpture, sketches and storyboards. Explore works by renowned illustrators, Alison Lester, Kerry Argent, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Wendy Binks, Leigh Hobbs, Bob Graham, Shaun Tan and many more. 

The State Library’s collection of picture book artwork began with a donation of 107 artworks from the children’s literature expert, Dr. Peter William’s. Since Williams’ initial donation the State Library has continued to add to the collection in recognition of the power of picture books in fostering a love of reading, literacy and lifelong learning. 

This tour will run for approximately 50 minutes and will visit various back-of-house locations within the State Library. Meet at the Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor.

The tour is primarily a walking tour. Each of the tour locations are accessible via lift or stairs. Limited seating will be available at each of the tour stops. Please contact if there is anything the State Library can do to help make this tour more accessible to you. Participants are asked to please wear flat soled shoes.

There are multiple dates for this event:

Thursday 20 February 2020 1:00pm–2:00pm

Friday 21 February 2020 1:00pm–2:00pm

Thursday 5 March 2020 1:00pm–2:00pm

Friday 6 March 2020 1:00pm–2:00pm

Image: Spring turned into summer, 2007, Bob Graham, watercolour and pen and ink on paper, State Library of Western Australia, PWC/122. 

Free event. Booking required - click on "Tickets" link above.