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Behind-The-Scenes Tour: Highlights of the Dr. Peter Williams


Thu 20 Feb 2020, 1:00pm–2:00pm
Fri 21 Feb 2020, 1:00pm–2:00pm
Thu 5 Mar 2020, 1:00pm–2:00pm
Fri 6 Mar 2020, 1:00pm–2:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: State Library

With illustrations dating from 1970 to the present, the State Library’s Dr. Peter Williams collection showcases the artistry and diversity of outstanding Australian picture books. This tour will take participants behind the scenes to explore highlights of the collection including illustrations, sculpture, sketches and storyboards. Explore works by renowned illustrators, Alison Lester, Kerry Argent, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Wendy Binks, Leigh Hobbs, Bob Graham, Shaun Tan and many more.

The State Library’s collection of picture book artwork began with a donation of 107 artworks from the children’s literature expert, Dr. Peter William’s. Since Williams’ initial donation the State Library has continued to add to the collection in recognition of the power of picture books in fostering a love of reading, literacy and lifelong learning.

This tour will run for approximately 50 minutes and will visit various back-of-house locations within the State Library. Meet at the Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor.

The tour is primarily a walking tour. Each of the tour locations are accessible via lift or stairs. Limited seating will be available at each of the tour stops. Please contact if there is anything the State Library can do to help make this tour more accessible to you. Participants are asked to please wear flat soled shoes.

Image: Spring turned into summer, 2007, Bob Graham, watercolour and pen and ink on paper, State Library of Western Australia, PWC/122.

Booking required.