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Behind the Scenes: Shaun Tan

  • State Library of Western Australia 25 Francis Street Perth, WA, 6000 Australia (map)
Image Credit: Shaun Tan ‘Story Furnace’ (detail) 2013, © Shaun Tan. Oil pastel and hand painted. State Library of Western Australia, PWC/232

Image Credit: Shaun Tan ‘Story Furnace’ (detail) 2013, © Shaun Tan. Oil pastel and hand painted. State Library of Western Australia, PWC/232

A behind the scenes tour that provides unique insight into Shaun Tan’s creative mind and artistic body of work.

Join State Library of WA staff at the Cicada exhibition and move to three different locations throughout the library to view oil paintings, unpublished illustrations, sculptures, notebooks, sketches from books including Memorial (1999), The Lost Thing (2000), The Red Tree (2001), Rules of Summer (2013), and The Singing Bones (2015). This unique collection is held by the State Library in the Peter Williams collection of Australian picture book art.

 

About Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works as an artist and author in Melbourne.

Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social and historical subjects through dream-like imagery. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Rules of Summer and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for animated films including Pixar's WALL-E, and directed the Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children's literature.

Details

When: Wednesday 17 April, 10am - 11am | BOOKED OUT
Where: Meet in Main Foyer, State Library of WA

SECOND TOUR HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED!

When: Wednesday 17 April, 12pm - 1pm
Where: Meet in Main Foyer, State Library of WA

About the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival offers young people aged 12 - 26 an extensive range of free workshops, performances, exhibitions, talks, special events, and new initiatives for 2019.

The Youth Week WA KickstART Festival 2019 is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, and is funded by the State Government of Western Australia. The KickstART Festival is also supported by Lotterywest, the City of Perth, and the Perth Theatre Trust.

Earlier Event: April 16
Poetic Lineages
Later Event: April 17
Pot Plant Revolution