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.

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

Shopkeepers of Newtown:

1 November 2014 – 10 May 2015
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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Photograph by Louis Thuillier

Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt

1 November 2014 – 18 January 2015
Exhibition Galleries

The small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines. For much of the First World War it was a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme. Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt tells the story of how one enterprising photographer took the opportunity of this passing traffic to establish a business taking portrait photographs.

Captured on glass, printed into postcards and posted home, the photographs made by the Thuillier family enabled Australian soldiers to maintain a fragile link with loved ones in Australia. The Thuillier collection covers many of the significant aspects of Australian involvement on the Western Front, from military life to the friendships and bonds formed between the soldiers and civilians. The exhibition showcases a selection of the photographs as handmade traditional darkroom prints and draws on the Memorial's own collections to tell the story of these men in their own voices.

Caption: Photograph by Louis Thuillier
Courtesy Kerry Stokes Collection, the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Collection
AWM P10550.049

SGH, Channel 7, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Australian War Memorial, NSW Government

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Hairy Maclary and Friends, Lynley Dodd, 2012

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective

1 November 2014 – 15 March 2015
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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