Shaun Tan is an award winning Melbourne-based artist, author and illustrator whose books reimagine the world in unexpected ways.
Tan creates stories that encourage readers to ask questions rather than reach conclusions. One of his books, The Lost Thing, tells the story of a boy who discovers a bizarre creature on the beach, and having guessed that it is lost, he takes pity on it and sets out to find it a home.
Tan’s book was subsequently made into an animated film that draws on the artist’s unique creative vision. Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing: From Book to Film is an exhibition curated by The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, which explores explores the artistry of Shaun Tan’s original picture book and the collaborative process of turning the book into an Academy Award winning short film.
Imaginative and endearing, thought provoking and engaging, subject matter in the exhibition includes concept drawings, storyboards and interviews with the artist and members of the small creative team in Melbourne who worked with him on the film.
As an artist, Tan acknowledges the challenges of taking a still, silent picture book into the vastly different medium of animation, with all its complexities of sequential timing, sound, movement and music.
This exhibition will capture the imagination of young and old, and also provide a revealing behind-the-scene look at the complex processes involved in turning a drawing into animation.
Image: Shaun Tan, Artist and Academy Award ® -winning filmmaker, in gallery at ACMI. Photographer: Mark Gambino.
Shaun Tan 'The Lost Thing' $17.95
Shaun Tan's 'The Lost Thing' Drawing Competition
As part of Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing: From book to film, you’re invited to help us construct a fantastical gallery of Utopia filled with drawings of your own 'Lost Thing'.
With some Shaun Tan goodies up for grabs for four lucky winners it’s time get out your pencils and get creating. Winners will be selected by guest judge and local artist, Hayley Gillespie.
Download the application form and submit your entry at any Cairns Regional Council Library or drop it into the Cairns Regional Gallery when you visit.