22 April – 16 July 2017
A Books Illustrated touring exhibition.

This exhibition gives a fascinating insight into the making of the acclaimed picture book and multi-award-winning animation The Lost Thing, created by Melbourne author and illustrator Shaun Tan.

The story of The Lost Thing  is about a boy who befriends a strange creature which seems to be lost. The tale follows the boy’s journey as he tries to find out where this lost thing belongs.

“So you want to hear a story? Well, I used to know a whole lot of pretty interesting ones. Some of them so funny you’d laugh yourself unconscious, others so terrible you’d never want to repeat them. But I can’t remember any of those. So I’ll just tell you about the time I found that lost thing….”
– Shaun Tan

The exhibition features a range of original drawings, paintings and other developmental work for both the picture book and the animated film.


Read more about the exhibition in this WeekendNotes article.

Exhibition opening:
Thursday 27 April 2017, 6.00pm
Guest speaker: Brett Bower – award winning, international animator.
Join us for the official opening and a family night out with a screening of Shaun Tan’s film
The Lost Thing.
All welcome. Free event. Drinks and nibbles provided. RSVP here.

Cover image: Original illustration by Shan Tan.
Images: Exhibition at Hurstville Museum & Gallery

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