Bunyips and Dragons – 40 years of children’s book art on display

Bunyips and Dragons NGV

Come take a trip down memory lane with all your favourite book illustrations from your childhood and theirs. A collection of works from beloved Australian illustrators over the past forty years has been gathered for this brilliant exhibition.

You probably have some vivid images of the pictures in your favourite childhood books. Perhaps the complex and colourful imagery of Graeme Base (Animalia, The Eleventh Hour), or the delightfully messy creations of Leigh Hobbs (Old Tom, Horrible Harriet). Illustrated children’s books are often our introduction to the world of art and help paint our memories of simpler times. Bunyips and Dragons is a stunning exhibition of those picture book artworks that we loved growing up, and those of the books we read to our kids today.

Bunyips and Dragons NGV

At Bunyips and Dragons you can see how the art of illustration has changed over the past forty years, while sharing your favourite stories with the next generation. Plus the kids will be able to point out their favourite contemporary illustrators. Art they love and understand displayed in a gallery setting – such a treat!

Bunyips and Dragons NGV

With more than 60 artists on display and 80 original illustrations, this vivid collection is sure to delight and inspire young minds. When the kids are tired of looking at pictures they can start creating their own. There are drawing and reading activities for all the family. Revive your love of childhood stories, discover something new, and get interactive – what a great day out.

Bunyips and Dragons NGV

Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children’s Book Illustrations is now showing at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria. Entry is free and the exhibition is open daily until 4 Oct 2015.

Kate Murray

Kate Murray

Kate was a regular of Melbourne’s music and film scenes, but these days she is on the mum scene. Mother to one adorable little hipster, Kate loves seeking out the latest trends in technology, vintage-style kids clothing, and offbeat kids products. She is often found riding her bike by the Yarra river with baby on back, heading for a good soy latte at the latest kid-friendly cafe. She wants to get there before it becomes cool. So Melbourne.

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