Stranded – Exhibition of original artwork from the illustrated picture book
“the bay was awash with stranded whales. Their high pitched calls filled the air.” – Stranded pg 7
“Soon the beach was full of people. It seemed the whole town had rallied. The shops had shut and the offices were empty. People brought slings and ropes; others brought wetsuits, towels and buckets.” – Stranded pg 13
An estimated 1,500 people turned out to save 120 stranded False Killer Whales in a world first rescue in Busselton, Western Australia on 2 June 2005. All but one whale survived. Inspired by this remarkable event, the illustrated picture book Stranded by Jan Ramage and Mark Wilson (Black Dog Books), shares the tale of one little whale and the boy who risked his life to save it.
This exhibition features Mark Wilson’s original artwork from the picture book, brought together with draft sketches, photographs from the rescue, newspaper articles and more.
This exhibition is curated for children and families and is supported by a self-guided trail.
Image: ‘Soon the beach was full of people’ 2010, acrylic on canvas, Mark Wilson (PWC/260/1/04)