Exhibitions

Exhibitions at the State Library of New South Wales – current, past and future – seek to engage audiences with the extraordinary range, breadth and depth of our collections.
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Nelson Meers Foundation

The Nelson Meers Foundation supports the State Library of New South Wales in presenting its outstanding collection of rare and historic items to the Australian public through the Heritage Collection series.

 
Pulp Confidential: Quick & dirty publishing from the 40s & 50s

Pulp Confidential

Open:
7 February 2015 – 10 May 2015
Venue:
Exhibition Galleries

Pulp Confidential: Quick & dirty publishing from the 40s & 50s presents a rich collection of 1940s and 50s vintage Australian “pulp” cover art, crime story illustrations and original comic books, drawn from the papers of Sydney publishing house, Frank Johnson Publications. It gives a glimpse of the everyday workings of a small but resilient player at the hard-scrabble end of the Australian publishing industry.

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Envision 54, 473 King Street, 10 November 2009, copyright Nic Bezzina, a8817022

Shopkeepers of Newtown:

Open:
1 November 2014 – 10 May 2015
Venue:
Exhibition Galleries

From 2009-2013 photographer Nic Bezzina documented the independent shopkeepers of Newtown, a suburb well known for its diversity and alternative culture. The body of work is a photographic documentary of some of the most iconic characters of Newtown and represents a snapshot of a vital commercial community at a pivotal time in history.

Image: Ann Kuljack, Envision 54, 473 King Street, 2009, copyright Nic Bezzina, a8817 Online No. 22

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Hairy Maclary and Friends, Lynley Dodd, 2012

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective

Open:
1 November 2014 – 15 March 2015
Venue:
Exhibition rooms, Level 1, Mitchell Building

This exhibition showcases a collection of 59 original drawings from Lynley Dodd's popular children's books, including the Hairy Maclary series, the Schnitzel Von Krumm series, Slinky Malinki, and Scarface Claw. A celebration of Dame Lynley's work to date, this exhibition also includes drawings from her first work dating back to school days, through to the most recent publication, Shoo.
 
Dame Lynley is a universally popular artist, over five million copies of Hairy Maclary alone have been printed, sold and translated into several languages. This little dog is an international character, but it is creator Lynley Dodd who is the magic behind these stories and this exhibition.
 
A touring exhibition from Tauranga Art Gallery in New Zealand.

Image: © & ™ Hairy Maclary and Friends, Lynley Dodd, 2012
Reproduced courtesy of Penguin Group (NZ) and the artist

Tauranga Art Gallery, Guardian Trust Australia, K D Kirkby Trust

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