|John Barrow by Ann James|
The exhibition includes a “special exhibit of material about the artists, an artists' workspace, book reading corner and art activities.” At its launch, illustrator Ann James and author Jackie French spoke passionately about the importance of stories, especially those told without words through the pictures we see in books.
|Patricia Mullins artwork|
The 40 artworks on display are just some of those in the John Barrow Collection, which comprises 135 framed artworks and associated material, and is described as the “largest and most significant” of its type. John Barrow was a teacher, principal and storyteller whose enthusiasm for illustrated picture books led to his creating a personal collection and home gallery of original art, which captures a “boom” period of children’s book illustration from the 1980s through to the early 2000s. Upon his death in 2004, John bequeathed his collection to Ann James and Ann Haddon of Books Illustrated. They recently generously donated it to the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature, making it accessible to Australians through the Centre’s exhibitions and research facilities.
|The Bathers by Julie Vivas|
|Nancy Wake The White Mouse by Peter Gouldthorpe|