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Books Illustrated specialises in the promotion and exhibition of contemporary Australian book illustration.

Our showroom has a changing display of original illustrations and limited edition prints, and a large stock of unframed works available for sale. We create a wide variety of exhibitions and displays in collaboration with institutions and venues around Australia and overseas.

Displays and Expos

We create displays for schools and educational institutions, festivals, book fairs, Expos etc. Illustrator`s demonstrations, talks and workshops may accompany these displays.


Books Illustrated welcomes the opportunity to curate exhibitions to suit all sorts of purposes and venues. Fees are negotiated based on project.

Touring Exhibitions

Books Illustrated curates a range of exhibitions to travel, some of which are available to hire. See details under Exhibitions for Hire. Fees on request.

For details of these exhibitions please contact Ann Haddon
E: info@booksillustrated.com.au

B: +61 3 9696 5036

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A Bird in the Hand! Bob Graham A Retrospective
A Bird in the Hand! Bob Graham A Retrospective


Books Illustrated was established in 1988 as a gallery for original Australian book illustration in Melbourne with changing exhibitions often featuring particular artists with newly launched books.

For 20 years the annual Not So Shortlist Exhibition, celebrating the Children`s Book Award winners and beyond, was a focus for the book world in Melbourne.

Particularly memorable also were the miniature exhibitions held every couple of years featuring tiny framed works by well-known illustrators from around Australia: There was Strike a Light ! with match box size pictures in 1999; The Artist /The Illustrator, 2002; The Recession Exhibition in 2000 and in 2008, Weeny Wonders for the CBCA National Conference, 2008.

Books Illustrated continually increased it`s focus of promoting Australian children`s book illustration by curating exhibitions for regional Australian galleries and overseas venues, particularly in Asia.

In 2008 Books Illustrated was approached by the Australian Publishers Association to create an exhibition to assist in the promotion and rights sales of Australian picture books at the Bologna Book Fair.

This promotional exhibition, Hello from Australia! continues to be a feature of the Australian stand at Bologna. Other exhibitions and projects undertaken include those in Japan, Korea and China.

Between 2010 and 2013 Books Illustrated was the agent for a national tour of Jeannie Baker's exhibition Mirror - the artwork for her award-winning picture book. For The National Year of Reading in 2012 Books Illustrated toured Alison Lester's Are we there yet? exhibition to venues in every state and territory in Australia.

Original Illustrations

Exhibitions of original illustration
from Australian Children’s Book available for hire

Are we there yet?: A Journey around Australia

An exhibition of the original artwork and developmental materials for the creation of the classic Australian Picture Book Are we there Yet? Written & illustrated by Alison Lester, published by Penguin Books.

ANZAC Illustrated

Book illustrations from contemporary Australian children`s books about war and conflict.

Running with the Horses

A fascinating look at the creation of this picture book written and illustrated by Alison Lester.

Shaun Tan: The Art of Story Discovering The Lost Thing - Book to Film

A fascinating insight into the making of both book and animation by one of Australia's most respected creators of picture book.

The Many Story Treehouse

Celebrating Terry Denton's illustrations for the phenomenal Treehouse series.

A Bird in the Hand! Bob Graham: A Retrospective

Bob is one of Australia`s most revered and acclaimed creators of Australian children`s books.

Chester & Gil - Life is what you make it!

The Art of visual narrative: Ann James` illustrates `Chester & Gil'` written by Carol Faulkner.

Kids Antarctic Art Project: A creative collaboration by Alison Lester

An inspirational project, with inspirational paintings, created by Alison and children from around Australia.

Mud & Magic - The Art of Ann James

Ann James illustration: 30 years of fun with tools and techniques - with a focus on I`m a Dirty Dinosaur.

The Way I Love You

The Way I Love illustrating! Ann James` illustration practice and process for this picture book written by David Bedford.

Fine Focus: Rachel Tonkin a life in art and illustration

A retrospective exhibition, curated by Books Illustrated, featuring key works by Rachel Tonkin from a career spanning five decades in book illustration, botanical art, print making, painting and sculpture.

The Hush Exhibition

This exhibition features all the original art created for The Hush Treasure Book.

Limited Edition Prints

Exhibitions of Limited Edition Prints
from Australian Children’s Book available for hire

Lazy Lions lounging in the Library

ANZAC Illustrated

Leigh Hobbs: Characters from the Drawing Board

Inspired: Australian Book Illustration Now

Never be Late for a Parade: an exhibition of book illustrations by Shaun Tan.

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