I had a brief summer break in Sydney last month. It was a lovely few days. I had a relaxing time, but got out and about to see a few things too. The State Library of NSW often has really interesting exhibitions in the Mitchell wing. I'd never been able to get to one before. This day I made time to go see the Lynley Dodd Retrospective
. It was great.
|You might reasonably expect this to be Major Mitchell.|
It's not. It's General Sir Richard Bourke.
You have to look on the explorer door for
|Ah, there he is..|
|It's a beautiful building inside and out. |
|A peek into the reading room.|
|Gorgeous stained glass|
|Hairy Maclary was there to lead the way |
|Lynley Dodd has been writing children's books since the 1970s|
and is still working today
|Our favourite cats |
|and dogs show the way in|
|The exhibition was originally shown in|
Tauranga Art Gallery in 2011
|There's lots of great ways to get the kids involved|
|You can find traces of Paris everywhere if you try|
An illustration from My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes
|Lynley Dodd is a classically trained artist|
|More ways to get the kids involved|
|The first ever sketch of Hairy Maclary|
Exhibitions like this are always fabulous to see the amount of work that goes into producing a children's picture book.
|The 11th (!) draft for Slinki Malinki Catflaps|
There were two other exhibitions on this day, all very close, and easy to drift from one to another (all free).
|I caught the last day of this incredible photography exhibition|
Pictures of Australian WWI soldiers taken by a French couple
|There's also a fascinating permanent collection|
Until 15 March 2015
Monday - Wednesday, Friday 9-5
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Louise, What a majestic building, and I love the drawings, especially the cats! Here's Mine
Thank you for sharing your visit to the Lynley Dodd exhibit. It looks like it was delightful. I can imagine spending a day wandering the halls of that beautiful museum. I would love to go there someday.
Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG
So gorgeous! I love when public buildings become a place to spotlight beautiful art. Something for everyone to enjoy. Thanks for sharing, and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST
Excellent post! I= could hang out there a while ;)
I hadn't fully appreciated the fact that the library and the art gallery were obviously built to complement each other until I saw your pics (at first glance I thought you'd been to an exhibition at the art gallery!)
But how did I miss the Lynley Dodd one? The new gallery spaces at the library are amazing & I keep meaning to go back to see the changing exhibitions.......
Thanks for sharing :-)
Dodd's was one of the first 1001 books I read. I had never heard of it before the read. Afterward I was filled with a deep humility...I had thought I was well read, children's lit-wise, but no.
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