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Small Things: The original book illustrations by Mel Tregonning and Shaun Tan

From Saturday 15 July 2017 -  10:00am
To Sunday 27 August 2017 - 04:00pm

Exhibition Opens Friday 14 July, 6pm

Small Things is a beautifully illustrated children’s book which debuted in September 2016. With no words, only illustrations, Small Things tells the story of a boy who feels alone with his worries, but who learns that help is always close by.

A universal story, told simply and with breathtaking beauty, about dealing with sadness, anxiety, depression, heartache or loss, and finding your way in the world.

The creator Mel Tregonning, passed away after a sudden mental breakdown in 2014. Mel's family insisted upon completing the work, thankfully with the remarkable creative direction from artist Shaun Tan, who completed the essential final illustrations.

A reprint was required shortly after the release and publishing rights are currently being sold across the world. Small Things has made a great impression with educators and mental health professionals due to the teaching potential for raising awareness and promoting mental health conversations amongst youth and families. There are high hopes for Small Things to place in the children's picture book awards for the year. 


About the Artist:

Mel Tregonning was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1983. A published cartoonist since primary school, at age 16 she began a long-running comic strip in a national magazine.

Over the decades, Mel's illustration style grew to encompass surrealism, cyberpunk, Art Nouveau, manga, commercial art and photorealism. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at Curtin University, during which time her first manga, Toy, was serialised in Xuan Xuan.

Mel broke a finger on her drawing hand during a real-life game of Quidditch - which stopped nothing, but was scary for a second. She won the international Illustrators of the Future competition in 2006. She was an in-house illustrator for RIC Publications, and her first short story, 'Night', was published by Gestalt in 2009.

Initially inspired by Jim Davis, Charles Schultz and Murray Ball, Mel's influences expanded to include her family and friends, Osamu Tezuka, Studio Ghibli, HR Geiger, Shaun Tan, The Matrix, Muse and Yukito Kishiro. She liked laksa, Baskin and Robbins ice-cream, HBO's Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and really good stand-up comedy.

Sadly, Mel passed away in 2014. She is survived by her sister, brother, mother and father - and an incredible body of work.



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