Prepare to be inspired and delighted as five of Australia’s most talented picture book artists take turns creating an illustration live on the Big Backyard stage! Hear how their artistic careers began and their favourite kinds of art to make as they draw, paint and sketch a brand new work of art. Featuring Matt Chun, Phil Lesnie, Sher Rill Ng, Emma Quay and Leila Rudge.

The Illustration Space Schedule 

10-10.45am: Phil Lesnie

11.15–Noon: Emma Quay

12.30–1.15pm: Matt Chun

1.45–2.30pm: Leila Rudge

3-3.45pm: Sher Rill Ng

Phil Lesnie (Australian)

Phil Lesnie

Phil Lesnie is a Sydney-based illustrator of children's books. He is also a children's bookseller. It is entirely possible that he hasn't read a title written for adults since he became one. He is the illustrator of Feathers, which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in 2018, and Miss Franklin which will be released in July, 2019. His first three books were CBCA Notable Books in 2015, 2016 and 2018. But his first cat, Cassidy, is notable all of the time

Emma Quay (Australian)

Emma Quay

Emma Quay is an illustrator and writer of many award-winning picture books; her memorable characters for Rudie Nudie, Baby Bedtime, Shrieking Violet, Bear and Chook, Daddy's Cheeky Monkey, Good Night, Me and Scarlett, Starlet are favourites on children's bookshelves all over Australia. Her most recent title, for very young children, is My Sunbeam Baby.

Matt Chun (Australian)

Matt Chun

Matt Chun is a studio artist and writer, living and working on Yuin country, on the far south coast of NSW. As an artist, Matt creates landscape, portrait and travelogue studies through mixed-media drawing, exhibiting in Sydney and Taipei. Matt has recently written for Meanjin Quarterly, Overland Literary Magazine and Runway Magazine, and is currently working on his second picture book for Little Hare Books. His first, Australian Birds, was published in October, 2018.

Leila Rudge (Australian)

Leila Rudge

Leila Rudge grew up in England and spent her first few years making mud pies with her five siblings. Not long after completing an Illustration Degree at Bath Spa University, she jumped on a plane to Australia in search of sunshine and the sea. Her illustrations are a mixture of pencil, paint, paper and any other bits and bobs found in her studio and she loves adding collage to her drawings. She has illustrated numerous picture books for children, and Let Me Sleep, Sheep! her most recent picture book was released March, 2019.

Sher Rill Ng (Australian)

Sher Rill Ng

Sher Rill Ng is a Melbourne-based author and illustrator, releasing Fairy Tales for Feisty Girls in 2018, and acting as both author and illustrator in her first picture book Our Little Inventor. She graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Design and works as a web and mobile UX/UI designer. She also took part in the Imaginism House Workshop, an intensive art training program in Montreal, Canada, working with some of the best artists in the concept art/animation industry.