Sketchbook Project 2017 [Graphic by Ming Ng]

Sketchbook Project 2017 [Graphic by Ming Ng]

Each year, Propel sends sketchbooks to participants across Western Australia, ready to be cut, painted and inked, filled with designs, stories, drawings from young people across our vast State.

All completed sketchbooks are displayed in the State Library of Western Australia as part of the KickstART Festival before embarking on a tour of regional and suburban libraries, sharing our young people's stories in an ongoing event called The Travelling Sketchbook Exhibition.

2017 SKetchbook PROJECT

Propel Youth Arts WA invites young people, aged 12 to 26, from across Western Australia, to participate in The Sketchbook Project.

From DaVinci, to Dickinson, to Hemmingway, to Kahlo, sketchbooks have provided a space for the greatest works and stories of our time to grow.

What will you find in these sketchbooks?

Images: drawings, collages, photographs. Language: poems, recipes. Numbers: scientific formulae, mathematical equations. The sky is the limit and the young people who participate are free to express themselves in their own unique ways.

The Sketchbook Project is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA as part of the KickstART Festival, which is proudly supported by the Department of Local Government and Communities. The Travelling Sketchbook Exhibition is presented in partnership with the State Library of Western Australia.

Registrations are now closed! If you are a registered participant please ensure that you return your completed sketchbook to the Propel office or participating library by March 21st.

The Sketchbook Exhibition will launch on March 31st and be displayed at the State Library of WA throughout the duration of KickstART Festival which will conclude on April 23rd.



Sketchbook Project 2016, image by Rebecca Mansell

Sketchbook Project 2016, image by Rebecca Mansell


The Travelling Sketchbook Exhibition is an extension of The Sketchbook Project, where the sketchbooks returned to Propel are then toured across Western Australian rural and suburban libraries, for the whole State to see.

In 2016, we received over 100 sketchbooks from all across WA and they are all varied and unique works. Some are lighthearted and funny, others are deeply personal, and we have some really inventive interpretations in the mix too.

This year’s Travelling Sketchbook Exhibition itinerary encompasses libraries from Broome to Bunbury, Derby to Donnybrook, and Peppermint Grove to Port Hedland. See below for the complete list of dates and venues or click here to download the full PDF schedule.

The Travelling Sketchbook Exhibition is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA and is proudly supported by the State Library of Western Australia.

2016/2017 tour ITINERARY 

1 - 30 June 2016
Bunbury Library, 1 Parkfield St, Bunbury WA 6230
Donnybrook Library, 10 Bentley Street, Donnybrook WA 6239

8 - 29 July 2016
Katanning Library, 16-24 Austral Terrace, Katanning WA 6317
Carnarvon Library, 18 Egan St, Carnarvon WA 6701

10 - 31 August 2016
Mandurah Library, 3 Peel St, Mandurah WA 6210
Northam Library, 298 Fitzgerald St, Northam WA 6401

12 September - 10 October 2016
Broome Library, Hamersley St, Broome WA 6725
Karratha Library, Dampier Hwy, Karratha WA 6714

19 October - 14 November 2016
Port Hedland Library, Colebatch Way, South Hedland WA 6722
Derby Public Library, Clarendon Street, Derby WA 6728

25 November 2016 - 15 December 2016
The Grove Library, 1 Leake Street, Peppermint Grove WA 6011

25 November 2016 - 7 January 2017
Manjimup Library, Rose St, Manjimup WA 6258

19 December 2016 - 7 January 2017
Fremantle Library, 8 William Street, Fremantle WA 6160

13 - 31 January 2017
Esperance Public Library, Windich Street, Esperance WA 6450
Kalgoorlie Public Library, 13 Roberts St, South Kalgoorlie WA 6430

1 - 24 February 2017
Mount Barker Public Library, Lowood Road, Mount Barker WA 6324


To find out more about The Sketchbook Project or the Travelling Sketchbook Exhibition, contact Cecile Vuaillat, Project Development Officer on 08 9328 5855 or email