Fantastic Worlds

Fantastic Worlds

Celebrating and exploring the imaginary characters of Australian picture books.

Fantastic Worlds is an exhibition and program that celebrates and explores the fantastic and imaginary characters and worlds of Australian picture books through original artworks, animations and associated media.

Curated for families and children (aged 2 to 10 years), this thematically organised exhibition invites visitors to get up close to experience these imaginative worlds and the curious, mysterious and whimsical characters that occupy these realms.

Created by some of Australia's leading picture book artists, the artworks, animations and related media in this exhibition reveal the inspiring skill, creativity and processes involved in creating artworks for picture books.

Due to popular demand, this exhibition has been extended by one week to accomodate the school holiday period and will now close at 5 pm on Sunday 14 July. 

Featured artists:

  • Graeme Base
  • Lance Balchin
  • Leigh Hobbs
  • Elise Hurst
  • Alison Lester
  • Marc Martin
  • Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles (Soft Stories)
  • Tai Snaith
  • Shaun Tan
  • Anna Walker
  • Curated by Edwina Bartlem

Download your own copy of the Fantastic Worlds exhibition catalogue (PDF 770Kb). Hardcopy catalogues are available at reception.

Image: Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles Turtle Living Quarters 2014Felt, cardboard, glue, pins, coloured paper, polyester stuffing, armature wire, 80 x 50 cm. Photo test for Too Much for Turtle published by Thames & Hudson in 2015. Courtesy of the artist


Counihan Gallery
Merri-bek City Council
Phone: 9389 8622

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