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The Hush Treasure Book exhibition

Main Gallery
29 July – 8 October 2023

Welcome to the world of Hush - a world of magic, wonder and mystery. This exhibition features all the original art created for The Hush Treasure Book, an absorbing collection of poems, pictures and stories created by a stellar cast of authors & illustrators.

It includes the preliminary sketches, developmental work, and the final published art in all its forms by 20 of Australia’s best-loved illustrators.

The Hush Treasure Book was specially commissioned by the Hush Music Foundation, famous for its original music albums used in hospitals all around the world.

Events on offer for this exhibition

Official opening and open day

Discover the magic of The Hush Treasure Book exhibition during its Official Opening & Family Day, stepping into a world of enchantment, music, and creativity!

Join us for an afternoon of fun and excitement, where music, storytelling, and art come together in perfect harmony. Don't miss out on this extraordinary day for the whole family - mark your calendars and be part of the wonder that awaits at The Hush Treasure Book exhibition Opening & Family Day!

All welcome, refreshments provided.

Sunday 30 July 2023, 1.30pm – 5.00pm  (Official proceedings from 2.00pm) - This event has passed. 

Baby explorers

Laughing baby lying down on a blanket

Join a tour of the current Main Gallery exhibition, The Hush Treasure Book exhibition, with your little one. 

A special sensory pit of soft and textured materials, interesting sounds, colours and shapes will also be available for your baby to explore. 

•    Wednesday 9 August, 10.15am-11.30am 
•    Wednesday 13 September, 10.15am-11.30am

Bookings essential. To book please call (02) 9330 6444 or by clicking the button below: 

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Creating paperclay characters

Yellow paperclay crab figurine in a beach painting by Ann James.Illustrator, Ann James, will lead a fun workshop drawing inspiration from The Hush Treasure Book inviting you to create your own 3D story characters during Book Week.

In this exciting session, through hands-on demonstrations and expert guidance, Ann will unlock the secrets of sculpting captivating 3D characters using paper clay. Discover the art of bringing your   creations to life using watercolours, painting your creations and backdrops – with each character calling out for their stories to be told!

Date & time: Saturday 19 August, 2.30pm - 4.00pm. Age: 5 to 12 years old - This event has passed. 

Hush! Secrets of book design

Artist Lee hand on a laptop showing the 'Hush treasure book' tree of authors and illustrators.Unleash your creativity alongside design extraordinaire, Lee Burgemeestre - the genius behind the captivating Hush Treasure Book designer! Lee will share the evolution of this collaborative masterpiece by 30 talented creators. Explore diverse illustration styles and writing genres, as Lee unveils her approach and techniques.

No prior skills required. Dive into the design process as Lee demonstrates using InDesign and Photoshop. Then, it's your turn to shine! Together with Lee, design your very own certificate, inspired by the magic of the Hush Treasure Book.

Date & time: Sunday 20 August, 2.30pm -4.00pm. Age: Adults - This event has passed. 

 Creative storytelling

A close up of a child and parent reading a children's book.

Step into a world of enchantment and creativity with The Hush Treasure Book! Embark on a captivating journey where the power of storytelling intertwines with the joy of crafting. You'll find inspiration to create beautiful crafts that bring the books to life. From crafting fantastical creatures to designing intricate props, The Hush Treasure Book ignites the spark of imagination and nurtures the artist within. 

Age: 6 - 9 years old. Each session will focus on different stories and activities. 

Sunday 6 August 2023 – ‘Creative storytelling – Judith Rossell’, 3.00 – 4.00pm
Sunday 27 August 2023 – ‘Creative storytelling – Victoria Rohan & Jane Tanner’, 3.00 – 4.00pm
Sunday 3 September 2023 – ‘Creative storytelling – Julie Vivas’, 3.00 – 4.00pm
Sunday 17 September 2023 – ‘Creative storytelling – Bob Graham’, 3.00 – 4.00pm
Sunday 8 October 2023 – ‘Creative storytelling – Michael Camilleri & Jackie French’, 3.00 – 4.00pm

Bookings essential. To book please call (02) 9330 6444 or by clicking the button below: 

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 Play with music

A woman smiles as two children either side of her play a drumJoin us for a fun music session! An instructor from Einsteinz Music will guide your children through the fundamentals of music, including beat, pitch, rhythm, and tempo. Witness your little maestros channel their creativity, creating an enchanting musical symphony together. 
Each session caters a different age group, and an adult must stay during the session.
Saturday 16 September 2023
Saturday 23 September 2023

Session One: 10.30am - 11.00am (1 to 2.5 years old).
Session Two: 11.15am - 11.45am (2.5 to 4 years old).
Cost: $8.00 for one child and one adult. 
Bookings essential. For bookings please call (02) 9330 6444 or click the button below to book online: 

Book Now

Please note: Attendance at our events may be digitally recorded through photographs and/or videos. These images may be used by Georges River Council and Hurstville Museum & Gallery in their publications, social media, council’s website or newspaper. Please notify staff if you do not wish to be filmed.

Please contact Hurstville Museum & Gallery on (02) 9330 6444 or

Image: Cover design for The Hush Treasure book, Lee Burgemeestre.


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