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Shaun Tan - Rules of Summer Exhibition


Fri 23 Jan 2015, 9:00am–5:30pm
Sat 24 Jan 2015, 9:00am–5:30pm
Sun 25 Jan 2015, 9:00am–5:30pm
Mon 26 Jan 2015, 9:00am–8:00pm
Tue 27 Jan 2015, 9:00am–8:00pm

Where: State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: carina

Rules of Summer - An exhibition of original illustrations from Shaun Tan's award winning picture book
19 December 2014 – 27 January 2015.

State Library of Western Australia, Ground Floor Gallery.

Explore a selection of original oil paintings from Shaun Tan’s award winning picture book, Rules of Summer.

In a dramatic series of paintings Tan maps the activities of two boys through their memories of last summer. Themes of friendship rivalry and imagination are explored with pictorial contrasts between urban and natural, real and extraordinary, excitement and foreboding, familiar and strange, in both frightening and comforting moments.

The title of each painting states a rule skilfully woven to form a narrative open to multiple interpretations.

According to artist Shaun Tan, “Each picture might be seen as the chapter of an unwritten tale that can only be elaborated in the reader’s imagination”

Discover possibilities beyond the picture frame and delve into an oddly familiar emotive landscape.

The exhibition which features original works curated with pages from the picture book and exclusive video footage is on display at the State Library of Western Australia until January 27.

The State Library of Western Australia is located in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre. It preserves and provides access to Western Australia's published heritage and original historical records. The State Library also provides numerous online and e-resources, many of which are accessible from home using your public library membership. To see what else the State Library has to offer please check out the State Library's web pages at: