Anzac Illustrated


30 May to 30 June 2018

The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery is delighted to present a touring exhibition from Books Illustrated in Melbourne. In acknowledgement of the Anzac Centenary this exhibition presents a range of Australian orriginal artworks from picture books capturing the theme of war and the ANZAC spirit

Many books have been published in Australia marking the centenary of the start of World War I in 1914 and the beginning of the ANZAC legend with the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli in 1915. This exhibition celebrates unique approaches to creating illustrated books for children on these themes.

The books are varied, including picture books for young and old, a graphic novel and illustrated fiction. Thirteen illustrators are represented, with a feature on work by author/illustrator Mark Wilson, showing a range of books associated with different wars – from World War One to Afghanistan.

The themes and illustrated stories include two famous songs, a couple of favourite ANZAC legends, a journal, and some fascinating historic adventures. The display of original illustrations, developmental sketches, reference images, and art materials, reveal the artists process in translating these complex themes and stories for children.


Related downloads
Anzac Illustrated Media Release Download PDF
Anzac Illustrated Worksheet Mark Wilson Download PDF
Anzac Illustrated Worksheet Michael Camilleri Download PDF