Exhibitions

Bush Bash by Sally Morgan

Bush Bash!

When: 16 October - 1 December 2014 
Where: The Place, Mezzanine Floor 
FREE, Family Friendly Exhibition 

Explore original illustrations from Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina’s picture book, Bush Bash!'
Adults and children will delight in Ambelin Kawaymullina’s use of colour, pattern, and design. Read the story together as you view the illustrations hung at child height. Within each illustration are hidden Australian objects. Where is dingo going? The animals are in for a surprise when dingo’s final destination is revealed on the final illustration.

Ambelin Kwaymullina is an award winning Aboriginal writer and illustrator from the Palyku people of the Pilbara in the North West region of Western Australia. She is well known for her picture books 'Caterpillar and Butterfly',The Two Hearted Numbat' and 'How Frogmouth Found Her Home'.

Sally Morgan is one of Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal authors. She is a Palyku person of the Pilbara who is widely known for her book 'My Place'. She has written a number of books for children including 'Sam’s Bush Journey' illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft as well as 'Me and My Dad'and 'Charlie Burr'.

The Bush Bash illustrations are part of the State Library of Western Australia’s Dr Peter Williams Collection of Illustrations

Bush Bash by Sally Morgan

The Benedictine Community of New Norcia presents:
The Rosendo Salvado exhibition

When: 11 November - 30 November 2014
Where: The Nook, Ground Floor
FREE, Family Friendly Exhibition

Rare 19th century photos showcase story of pioneering life for monks and Aboriginals at New Norcia
A collection of rare 19th century photographs which give a unique insight into the early days of Western Australian history, are at the centre of the Rosendo Salvado exhibition being hosted by the State Library of Western Australia in November.
These events are at the end of a year marking the bicentenary of the birth of Rosendo Salvado, the founder of the Benedictine Community of New Norcia.

A major figure in Western Australia in the second half of the nineteenth century, Salvado founded New Norcia in 1847, building it into what his contemporaries believed was one of the most progressive and successful missions in Australia. Over his 54 years at New Norcia, this Spanish immigrant monk became an abbot, bishop, educator, large landholder, public figure and, most importantly, a missionary and advocate for Aboriginal peoples.

Drawing heavily on the most recent research in the New Norcia Archives, the exhibition has given the monks the opportunity to share Salvado's inspiring story and the photographs taken of the local Yued families in his time. 

Paul Willaway, from the New Norcia Aboriginal Corporation, explains that the photos in many cases are the only ones the descendants of the Yued people have of their ancestors.

Mason Judy artwork by Robert Jupiner

Mason Judy

When: 19 November - 15 December 2014
Where: Ground Floor Gallery Space
FREE, Family Friendly Exhibition

The State Library of Western Australia invites you to an exhibition of original artworks by Robert Juniper, from the picture book Mason Judy (1977) by Western Australian author Trevor Todd.

The book was inspired by the anthropologist Charles Mountford's Dreamtime Stories, which are reimagined through the eyes of young Mason Judy.

Eight year old Mason Judy is lonely and unhappy when his family moves to a new suburb. Wandering alone, he finds a stone which transports him to another time and place. There he meets Aranda, Guardian of the Stone, who accompanies him on a journey to return the stone to its traditional dwelling place, Alcheringa.

To complement the exhibition, a free app enables the audience to hear the Mason Judy story and learn more about the artist Robert Juniper, author Trevor Todd and their inspiration for the story and artwork.

The app is part of a package of materials being developed to encourage understanding of the historical context and major themes for the art and story of Mason Judy.

The project has been made possible with the generous support of BHP Billiton.

These artworks were acquired by the State Library of Western Australia with the assistance of the State Library's Foundation, Westfarmers and Woodside.

Coming Soon

Rules of Summer Shaun Tan

Rules of Summer
An exhibition of original illustrations from Shaun Tan's award winning picture book. 


Presented by the State Library of Western Australia in partnership with The Literature Centre
When: 19 December 2014 - 27 January 2015
Where: Ground Floor Gallery
FREE

Through a dramatic series of paintings Shaun Tan maps the activities of two boys through their memories of last summer. Inspired by suburban environments, The Rules of Summer explores themes of friendship, rivalry and imagination. Marvel at Tan's use of colour as you wander through an oddly familiar emotive landscape. 

This exhibition features original works curated alongside pages from the picture book and exclusive video footage.

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