curated by author Cristy Burne
Proudly supported by Healthway, Shire of Mundaring, City of Swan, Mundaring Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank and Children's Book COUNCIL of Australia, WA Branch

ABOUT THE 2017 FESTIVAL

Since 2005, MAC has celebrated the art of children’s book creation through the Act-Belong-Commit heARTlines Children's Literature and Illustration Festival - a month-long festival of workshops, talks and demonstrations, complemented by an outstanding exhibition of original book illustrations from recently published children’s literature by WA authors and illustrators in May / June 2017.

The 2015 heARTlines Festival was an incredible event with around 2,000 people joining us at MAC to celebrate West Australian literature and children’s book creation. In 2017 the event will occur at the newly re-invigorated Midland Junction Art Centre (MJAC) space and we anticipate a much wider reach across the Perth Hills.

Curated by author Cristy Burne, and hosted by MAC, some of WA's most talented authors and illustrators have been invited to facilitate hands-on workshops, presentations, demonstrations and an exhibition to engage and excite our community about literature and the arts. 

The exhibition of book illustrations will be held at the gallery spaces at MJAC featuring artwork by Moira Court, James Foley, Frané Lessac, Matt Ottley, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Kylie Howarth, Terry Denton, Aska, Chris Nixon, Brian Simmonds and more.  This extensive exhibition will display original large scale illustrations and paintings, initial sketches and a unique insight into an artists’ process from idea to final product.

Image: Cristy Burne

Curator’s wrap up

Every time I stand in the heARTlines space, surrounded by the beauty and passion and joy of WA’s children’s book creators, I’m filled with that same passion and joy, and an itch to create and be part of the world. That feeling is contagious, and it’s free for everyone who comes through heARTLines’ doors.

I’m thrilled with how heARTlines has developed this year, from the inclusion of live music and entertainment at the well-attended opening night, to the creation of a real festival feeling at our first open day, complete with workshops, free activities, music, food and even sunshine and bubbles on the lawn.

This year the festival moved to a new venue for the first time, allowing us to run concurrent workshops and activities as well as host the exhibition in the many rooms of the refurbished Midland Junction Arts Centre.

In curating the space, we again worked to represent a range of artistic styles, of story subjects, and of creators—from internationally acclaimed artists to the self-published locals. But most of all we wanted to create something fun and inspiring, so that everyone who experienced the heARtlines festival is driven to pick up a pencil, and to begin expressing their own ideas and writing their own stories.

I’m incredibly grateful to the dedicated team at the Mundaring Arts Centre, and to Elizabeth Green-Mackinlay in particular, for their efforts in ensuring the festival was so exciting and inclusive. Thanks also to our other sponsors, the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s WA Branch, the Mundaring Community branch of the Bendigo Bank, the Shire of Mundaring, the City of Swan and the Department of Culture and the Arts.

Cristy Burne