Check out the latest exhibition at Lovett Gallery at Newcastle City Library.
The ‘Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu’ exhibition is based on the nature story picture book of the same title by Pamela Freeman and illustrated by Liz Anelli published by Walker Books Australia. It’s the follow up to the award-winning Desert Lake picture book.
Liz is a Newcastle-based illustrator who recently met me down at Lovett Gallery.
Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu is a fascinating exhibition and will appeal to all members of the family big and small. The space is full of gorgeous original mixed-media illustrations, murals and maps as well as fun activities for kids. It’s the perfect outing as it takes you away to Kakadu National Park.
The exhibition outlines in detail the yearly weather cycle in Kakadu National Park and explains the impact of the changing seasons. There are actually six seasons in Kakadu and Liz’s illustrations perfectly capture the change.
For younger kids, there’s plenty to look at and engage with.
You’ll spot the fish tank as soon as you enter the space. The tank contains authentic Northern Territory fish including archerfish and a baby barramundi.
For an authentic feel, close your eyes and listen to the sounds of Kakadu. Soundscape is actually piped in to the exhibition so you’ll hear bird calls and other sounds of Kakadu National Park.
There’s copies of Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu picture book available to read to kids.
It’s a fascinating guide to Kakadu. If they feel like colouring, grab a copy of the Dry to Dry activity sheet. Pencils are available for them to colour.
If they’re feeling a bit more active, let them run up to the giant dragonfly or wrestle with the inflatable croc.
Its size gives you an indication of the crocodiles living in Kakadu.
Lucky, this one is pretty friendly and didn’t completely devour Liz Anelli!
Located near the croc is the kids art activity wall. Kids are encouraged to colour, draw or stick on items to the mural.
Coming soon will be stop motion videos created by local high school students inspired by the ‘Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu’ exhibition.
See Liz introducing Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu in this YouTube video.
Next door to the exhibition is original artworks from the children’s picture book The Outback.
You’ll find copies of the book there as well as a massive mural of Uluru.
The Dry to Dry Exhibition runs until Saturday 21 August at Lovett Gallery (above Newcastle City Library). It’s free to enter. Bookings are not required, just drop in! Bring your facemask and check in using QR codes.
Lovett Gallery is open from 9:30am – 8pm Monday to Thursday and 9:30am to 6pm on Friday and 9:30am – 2pm on Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
For more information about the exhibition, visit the Newcastle Libraries website. To find out more about Liz Anelli and the many books that she’s illustrated, visit her website.
COVID Safe Information: Newcastle Libraries is operating a COVID Safe service model, and library branches and exhibition spaces are open and ready to welcome you. Occupancy limits apply and members and visitors are asked to wear a face mask, maintain social distance, regularly sanitise and wash hands and staying home if unwell.
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