Exhibitions

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

What's Old is New Again
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Dive into recent acquisitions and unearthed treasures from the State Library's heritage film and video collection. This showcase contrasts old and new, finding common threads through history and allowing viewers to reframe how they look at and think about our state.
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Explore the sights and sounds of the night in this exhibition of original picture book art from the State Library’s Peter Williams Collection.

Online Exhibitions

This online exhibition brings together advertising and promotional photographs from the State Library’s diverse collection of photographs by Stevenson, Kinder & Scott Corporate Photography.
digital exhibition
in plain sight is an experimental interpretation of the State Library's photographic collection. You are invited to create a series of imagined love stories and reflect on the absence of queer perspectives in our history.

Past Exhibitions

WA Music Photography from the Archives
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From the stately ballrooms of pre-war Perth to sweaty pubs and backyard parties, relive the rush of live music through an extensive digital display of music photography spanning almost a century.
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An exhibition of excerpts and photographs from the Regional Arts WA book Heart of the Community. Shining a bright spotlight on the unsung heroes who harness the power of the arts to inspire, celebrate and connect their local towns.
by Leigh Hobbs
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A showcase of original pen and gouache illustrations from the book Old Tom: Man of Mystery (Allen & Unwin) by beloved children’s author and illustrator Leigh Hobbs.
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Showcasing the best photojournalism and documentary photography of the last year. For its 65th edition, the contest saw 4,066 photographers from 130 countries enter 64,823 photographs.
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Kamsani Bin Salleh’s illustrations from the children's board book "At the Beach I See" are brought together with ocean sounds. Read the story, create your own underwater creature and reflect on how we can work together to protect our oceans.
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Hear audio accounts from ten respected Elders from Boorloo (Perth) that are poignant, powerful and at times heart-breaking and harrowing.
The Art of the Story
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An exhibition of illustrations and paintings from each of Frané Lessac's award-winning children's books. Extended until Sunday, 17 July!!
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Propel Youth Arts invited young people from across WA to share their personal stories and passions by filling a small book. Browse and explore the sketchbooks completed by 2022 Sketchbook Project participants.
Illustrations by Gabriel Evans
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An exhibition and make-believe tea party based on the picture book 'A Perfectly Posh Pink Afternoon Tea' by Coral Vass and Gabriel Evans.
Exhibition of Abraham 'Izzy' Orloff's photographs
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See a curated selection of photographs and experience interwar (1918-1939) Perth and Fremantle through the lens of photographer Abraham 'Izzy' Orloff.
This page last updated on 16 December 2022