Drawn to Word

Drawn to Word

Artworks by contemporary Australian illustrators

Collaboration with the Abbotsleigh Literary Festival


2  to  28 June May 2014


The artists presented in this exhibition create works in response to words – words from stories, news and events. In illustration everything is shown to be possible and the images in Drawn to Word will interest both adult and child.

We see human and animal exploits, comic turns and magical transformations along with learning about colours, numbers and social behaviour.

All the illustrators appreciate the importance of drawing and they have expanded this skill into a wide range of media. The exhibition reveals the thinking and working process of the illustrator, showing rough sketches, ready to print images and digital manipulations.

Artists: Sara Acton; Bronwyn Bancroft; Freya Blackwood; Sarah Davis; Kim Gamble; Gus Gordon; David Lovegrove; Cathy Wilcox; Rocco Fazzari.


Opening with ABC Radio presenter and author Richard Glover

Richard Glover opened both the Abbotsleigh Literary Festival and Drawn to Word with a Champagne Reception held in the Gallery. Gus Gordon donated a print for a lucky attendee and Room to Read donated a collection of books.


Resources – Childrens book illustrators:


The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc. (NCACL) formerly the Lu Rees Archives, is a comprehensive collection of resources about Australian authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works. The collection has booksartworkephemera, authors’ papers and manuscripts, and author and illustrator research files.


The Children’s Book Council of Australia; (CBCA) is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards to Australian books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature and CBCA brings children and books together celebrating Children’s Book Week ®


Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage, was managed by Margaret Hamilton at Blackheath. Pinerolo promotes Australian picture books and their creators through artist residencies, workshops, exhibitions and a research library.

Image above: Gus Gordon Badger and kite, 2013, Signed giclee print, edition of 50, 18 cm x 16 cm

Related Resources
Drawn to Word Catalogue Download PDF
Drawn to Word Room Sheet Download PDF