Exhibitions

Maui and The Big Fish 

I can fish too!

15 December 2015 - 29 February 2016
The Place Gallery

Original illustrations by Frane Lessac from the bookMaui and The Big Fish, written by Barbara Ker Wilson. Published by Frances Lincoln, 2003. 

Maui and The Big Fish tells the Polynesian folk tale of "Maui of the Thousand tricks". Maui dreamed that one day he could go fishing with his brothers, each time he asked his brothers they would make excuses, "Maui is too small. He will never catch a fish".

How Maui outwitted his brothers to catch the biggest fish in the ocean is part of a New Zealand creation story. Explore the illustrations with your child, talk about what you see, and read the story together.

Image: Frane Lessac,'I can Fish too' Maui and The Big Fish, State Library of Western Australia PWC/136

Coming soon: 

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Our Love Affair with the Beach – Images from our Collection

From Sunday 14 February to Thursday 31 March Our Love Affair with the Beach will be depicted in Images from our Collection.

This is an extraordinary presentation of beautiful photographs reproduced on beach chairs and displayed in the Ground Floor Gallery.

The images show how we have played and stayed at the beach across the decades, from sun-up to sun-down.

Robert Drewe’s books, including his latest publication The Beach: An Australian Passion, are available at the State Library Bookshop.

Other titles featuring West Australian beaches and landscapes are also available.

Unfinished Business

Stories from Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with Disability (by Belinda Mason) 

Aunty Gayle

2 April - 3 June 2016 
Ground Floor Gallery

Without stories there is silence. Without stories told, we are voiceless. Without our stories heard, we are invisible. This is very hard, when the stories are hard to hear, difficult to see and impossible to imagine.

Unfinished Business reveals the visual stories of 30 Australian Indigenous persons with disability by photographer Belinda Mason and film makers Knierim Brothers. Each participant’s story is complex and intertwined with Australia’s history, which has resulted in today’s high rates of disability in Australian Indigenous communities.

This exhibition was developed in close collaboration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants and the stories that they tell are their own and that of their people. People with sensory, cognitive and learning impairments are able to engage with the exhibition via mobile app.

The State Library of Western Australia is proud to be the only Western Australian venue to host Unfinished Business. The exhibition is made possible through the support of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, First Peoples Disability Network Australia, The Fred Hallows Foundation, Outback Academy, Red Dust Healers, Primary Communications and Simpsons.

Image: Gayle Rankine, photograph by Belinda Mason

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