Iconic Hobbs’ characters on show

Best-selling Australian children’s author and artist Leigh Hobbs received a warm welcome at La Trobe Art Institute’s launch of his exhibition Leigh Hobbs: Cast of Characters, celebrating the quirky world of characters he has crafted over the past two decades.

Featuring original working drawings and finished artwork of iconic characters including Horrible Harriet, Mr Chicken and Old Tom, the exhibition encourages audiences to explore how character and narrative are developed through drawing, inseparable in Hobbs’ approach to storytelling.

Leigh Hobbs is the 2016-2017 Australian Children’s Laureate – a role he uses ‘to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highlight the essential role libraries play in nurturing our creative lives’.

QUIRKY: Leigh Hobbs' Mr Chicken lands on London.

QUIRKY: Leigh Hobbs' Mr Chicken lands on London.

The exhibition is supported by Allen & Unwin Books and Bendigo Writers Festival.

Leigh Hobbs: Cast of Characters runs until September 9 at La Trobe Art Institute.