Prepare to be inspired and delighted as five of Australia’s most talented illustrators create an artwork live at the Big Backyard. Hear how their artistic careers began and learn about their favourite kinds of art to make, as they draw, paint and sketch a new work. Featuring David Hardy, Chris Kennett, Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, Cheryl Orsini and Leila Rudge.  


10–10:45AM Chris Kennett
11:15AM–12PM David Hardy
12:30–1:15PM Charmaine Ledden-Lewis
1:45–2:30PM Leila Rudge
3–3:45PM Cheryl Orsini

Recommended for ages four and up.


This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Cheryl Orsini (Australian)

Cheryl Orsini

Cheryl Orsini taught herself to draw as a little girl. She grew a little taller, studied Visual Communications at UTS and finally, when she could grow no more, she started illustrating children's books, magazines and decorating a great many peg dolls! She’s now illustrated over fifty books including Fairy!, Dragon!, Mermaid!, The Travelling Bookshop, and Caravan Fran. Her most recent collaborations with author Maddy Mara are The Greatest Mistakes That Went Right and The Wonders of Never Giving Up.