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Act-Belong-Commit heARTlines Children's Literature and Illustration Festival

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heARTlines Children's Festival - Act-Belong-Commit
HeARTlines Children's Literature and Illustration Festival is once again on and it will be bigger and better than ever this year.

This is an Act-Belong-Commit Event hosted biennially by the Mundaring Arts Centre and supported by Healthway, City of Swan, Mundaring Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank and the Children's Book Club of Australia, WA branch.

Learn more about what "Act-Belong-Commit" entails here. This creative workshop welcomes students from the Eastern Hills region and beyond, to participate in the Festival's interactive school programme and these workshops will be accompanied by an exhibition of artworks from local and internationally acclaimed artists/writers. These artists include

  • Matt Ottley

  • James Foley
    James Foley is a children's author and illustrator. His books include Brobot, My Dead Bunny, In The Lion, The Amity Kids Adventures, The Last Viking and The Last Viking Returns. My Dead Bunny was shortlisted for Picture Book of the Year in the 2016 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards. In The Lion was selected for the International Youth Library's 2013 White Raven list. The Last Viking won the 2012 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Crystal Kite Award, the 2012 WA Young Readers' Hoffman Award, and a 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia Junior Judges Award. It was shortlisted for a further four awards.

    James Foley

  • Terry Denton

  • Kyle Hughes-Odgers

  • Frane Lessac

  • Mark Greenwood

    Mark Greenwood has written award-winning books looking at history, myths and legends and they have been published and honoured internationally. Simpson and His Donkey was a CBCA Honour Book and a USBBY Outstanding International Book; Jandamarra, illustrated by Terry Denton, was shortlisted for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award, the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature and the West Australian Young Readers' Book Awards.

    Mark is married to illustrator Frané Lessac and they often combine to produce books that promote an understanding of multicultural issues, such as Drummer Boy of John John, Magic Boomerang, Outback Adventure and Our Big Island.

    Mark Greenwood
    One of Mark Greenwood's books

  • Aska

  • Gabriel Evans

    Gabriel Evans is a children's book illustrator and artist. He has illustrated over 20 books for publishers including Walker Books, Penguin-Random House and Scholastic's Koala Books. Gabriel mixes classical and traditional techniques with a twist of contemporary flavour.

    Gabriel Evans
    Image: Mundaring.shire

  • Briony Stewart

  • Chris Mixon

  • Kylie Howarth

  • Moira Court

  • Brian Simmonds and more.

    There will be planning sketches and initial drafts displayed alongside the original artworks, thereby giving a rare insight into the artist's processes of getting to the final artwork.


    Learn how to draw your own cartoon characters with children's author and illustrator James Foley. By the end of this workshop, you'll know the basics of drawing funny facial expressions and bodies and how to develop your own character.

    10 am – 11 am - 6 - 10 years
    11.30 am - 12.3 0 pm -11 - 15 years
    1.15 pm - 2. 15 pm - 16 years
    $5 or $4.50 MAC Members - Materials supplied

    Learn to sketch
    Sketch with James Foley

    This development is extremely interesting for students as it gives them the opportunity to engage with the illustrators of featured texts and this in turn, will provide further stimulation.

    school workshops
    School workshops during the Festival

    One of the presenters, Mark Greenwood says "the outcomes resonate long after the author's presentations have concluded. The inspiration that echoes in the minds of the young audiences cannot be underestimated."

    In 2015 they had over 2000 visitors and another presenter, Norman Jorgensen explains "thousands of children have had their lives brightened and their eyes opened to a whole new experience of meeting talented local creators."

    Also included in this year events will be:

  • Library readings

  • Adult art workshops

  • Adult presentations

    The event will be held from 20th May to 21st June 2017 and will culminate on the Festival's Open Day to be held on Saturday 17th June from 10 am to 3 pm.

    These workshops will be suitable for the whole family and are complemented by "walk in" activities throughout the day, with curator and author, Cristy Burne and illustrator, Aska, and there will be free guided tours of the Exhibition.

    The heARTlines Exhibition will be available to the public to view and will be open from Tuesday to Saturday 11 am - 3 pm free of charge.

    For further information and/or bookings please go to this site, or you can phone 9295 3991 for credit card payments for sessions.
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    Why? For Fun, Education, Learning and an Interesting Festival
    When: 20th May to 21st June 2017
    Where: Midland Junction Arts Centre
    Cost: Free to enter exhibition (some events in program have fees)
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