Storytelling Through Art A behind the scenes tour of the Picture Book Illustration collection

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Tue 23 Aug


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Free event

Please note some of the tours are virtual (online only) and some are in person (inside Library only).

Book Tour at SLWA

Book Virtual Tour

In-person tours are walking tours. Participants are asked to please wear flat soled shoes. 

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.

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Why do some picture books leave lasting impressions, and what is it that makes picture book illustration a uniquely portable art form? This tour will take participants behind the scenes to explore the inner workings of picture books through examination of artists roughs, storyboards and published illustrations. See the diversity of outstanding Australian picture books including works by renowned illustrators; Ron Books, Alison Lester, Kerry Argent, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Wendy Binks, Leigh Hobbs, Bob Graham, Shaun Tan and 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 Williams. 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.

Please note some of the tours below are virtual (online only) and some are in person (in the Library only).  

  • Tuesday 23 August 5:00PM – 6:00PM (online)
  • Wednesday 24 August 12:00PM – 1:00PM - (in person)
  • Thursday 25 August 5:00PM – 6:00PM – (online)
  • Friday 26 August 12:00PM – 1:00PM (in person)

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This page last updated on 20 July 2022