Sculptures, interpretative panels and illustrations inspired by the writing of famous children’s writer Paul Jennings are currently on display in the Lovett Gallery at Newcastle Library.
The exhibition called UNREAL! is named for the 1985 book of the same name. Organisers hope that the items on display, many which are privately owned by Paul Jennings, will create an immersive world that will bring the Jennings’ books to life for visitors.
It’s the first time these items have been on exhibition away from their home of Warrnambool Art Gallery, where Jennings is a resident. Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the event, which will run until 9 May, is part of a $15 million investment to delivering cultural facilities in our city year.
“I know many parents who grew up loving the stories of Paul Jennings and I hope that they have passed this love onto their children.
“Unreal will appeal to children and parents alike and the exhibition will serve as a celebration of Jennings’ work for Newcastle families,” she said.
Some of the exhibition highlights include the haunted dunny from children’s book Round the Twist a sculpture of the sea creature from The Fisherman and the Theefyspray.
Paul Jennings: UNREAL! Exhibition
Friday 13 March until Saturday 9 May 2020
Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library