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Vivid Lights: Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

May Gibbs' immortal characters come to life

Exactly 100 years ago, author May Gibbs gave Australia 2 characters who dropped out of a gumtree and became instant superstars. Since then, pretty well every Australian child has grown up steeped in the adventures of the intrepid gumnut babies, the audacious Snugglepot and the demure Cuddlepie.

Generations of Australian children have barracked for their gumnut heroes as they battled the evil Banksia men and their wicked henchmen, the vicious Mrs Snake and the voracious monster Octopus. Renowned art and animation collective Ample Projects brings May Gibbs’ immortal characters to life on the façade of Sydney’s 1845 Customs House.

Join Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and their stalwart companions on their journey through the Australian bush as they encounter the weird, the wonderful and things quite unknown altogether.

May Gibbs is one of Australia’s best loved classic children’s book illustrators and authors. May’s deep love and understanding of the Australian bush was portrayed in her work, engendering in children her own love of nature. She based her characters and scenery on the plants found in the Australian bush during time spent as a child in Western Australia and on visits to the Blue Mountains in her adult years.

The Gumnut Babies, May’s classic book about Australian bush fairies, was first published in 1916 and became an instant success. This was followed by further stories including her most famous creations of all, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie in 1918.

When she died in 1969, May Gibbs kindly bequeathed the copyright from her designs to The Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Through her foresight, proceeds from the sale of May Gibbs products have supported thousands of Australian children with disabilities and their families.



Every day, 6pm to 11pm

Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June 2018



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